Monday, April 30, 2012

I don't need fixing

One of my former self-advocacy students just posted on Facebook: 
I'm an introvert and I don't need fixing!

You may have seen this, but it's worth repeating . . . 
 (clink on the link above to learn how Carl King disproves these myths)
  1. Introverts don’t like to talk. 
  2. Introverts are shy. 
  3. Introverts are rude.
  4. Introverts don’t like people. 
  5. Introverts don’t like to go out in public. 
  6. Introverts always want to be alone. 
  7. Introverts are weird. 
  8. Introverts are aloof nerds. 
  9. Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
  10. Introverts can fix themselves and become extroverts. 
Linda Silverman reports that "about 60% of gifted children are introverted compared with 30% of the general population.  Approximately 75% of highly gifted children are introverted."  However introversion "is very likely to be misunderstood and 'corrected' in children by well-meaning adults."

As Carl King writes, "Extroverts need to recognize and respect us, and we also need to respect ourselves".

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