Artists Supporting Artists - On Being an Introvert

February 10, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

I know a lot of creative people. Most creative people I know are introverts. Contrary to what many people believe, being an introvert doesn't equate to being a hermit. Being an introvert, as this cartoon so clearly illustrates, has more to do with whether one gives out or receives energy from interaction with other people. So, when a creative introvert puts their passion on display, by publishing a book, or having a show of their work, or acting in a play, it's an act of great courage. The introvert knows that this sort of self-expression invites an inevitable come-down afterward. 

Author Susan Cain has recently brought attention to the strength of introverts, and her popular TED talk is leading to greater understanding of the value of introverts in a workplace.

 

  

Nevertheless, it can be challenging for creative people to get out and mingle. I was reminded of this after my post-show exhaustion last night. It takes a lot of energy to support creative friends. Just showing up makes a big difference. By their very nature, creative friends are often the introverts who balk at the thought of being in a crowd. That's why I am so very grateful to the people who do show up. I get it. I really do.

Just keep this in mind the next time a friend seeks your support in any artistic endeavor. We introverts - it's important we stick together.

And for you extroverts out there - we love you. Now, give us some space.

 

 

 

 


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