Sunday, March 5, 2017

MCOM #3: "The Power of Introverts"

I love BYU because every week we have a devotional or forum. At one of the last forums Susan Cain spoke. Susan Cain is the woman that wrote the book "Quiet" and is known for her Ted Talk "The Power of Introverts." This Ted Talk has been one of my favorites for quite a while, so I was excited to see her speak in person. Before anything else, watch her Ted Talk:

Ok, now that you've watched it, I can tell you all about my thoughts,

Before my mission, I considered myself an extrovert. I'm not sure if it was because of my mission or because I've changed over time, but I would now consider myself an introvert with some extrovert tendencies {in her forum, she called this being an "ambivert"}. For the most part, I have become fairly quiet and I get energy from being alone. While there are times that I love being in a large group, I primarily prefer being with a small circle of friends. I find myself needing time to unwind and be by myself.

And that's why I found her forum so interesting. Here are some interesting take aways I got from her forum:

An introvert is someone that can withstand or even crave solitude.

Our society is a society of conformity. 

We often mistake being an introvert with being shy. Those two things are completely different. Even though I consider myself somewhat of an introvert, I'm not shy. I've pretty opposite of shy.

"Give yourself permission to be who you are at any given time."

"Get into the habit of figuring out what your convictions are."

Her who forum was so interesting. I love to think about how different every single human being is. We all have different convictions. Some people love being around people. Some don't. I don't know. I'm rambling. It was just awesome.

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