What has happened to introversion? Has it become a commodity? A social commodity? A way for people to retrate back to their holes when they are tired of the constant demands of society? Notice how everyone from ambiverts to extroverts say things like, “I love to be around people when I get to know them… but I’m an introvert.” They are not introverts. They are soft spoken people. What is introversion without the scientific context of research? Without the very field out of which it came to be known as introversion. But introversion existed before the scientific context formed into Introversion. It was called shyness.
Shy from life
Shyness is a such an interesting cousin to introversion. What does it mean to shy away from an essential component of life? It puts that ‘component’ into light. Because that which was essential to life is now put into question. There it lies in front of the shy person. Shyness gives some ground to the components of life, and the elements around it. Sure, it doesn’t amount to much but it does give it a foundation to present itself.
It is now read to be sacrificed in the homogenous plane of space. The shy person rejects participation to it or experiences coyness. It is an inconvenience to the productive elements set up by participators to have other resist the homogenous productive elements. The solution was to get thinkers like Carl Junt to “cure” or at least give it a category in the scientific investigation of personality. Introversion can be managed and controlled. It can be improved upon and turned on and off like a light switch. Many might fall in the trap of a utilitarian explanation of “what wrong with that?” And yes, there’s something wrong if we decided the setting of where we put our productive elements to exist. We have chosen it to be the homogenous, horizontal axis that allows for transaction to smoothly glide through the procedural steps. My friends, we grow on a heterogenous plane. And this plane ascends towards a vertical axis… an asymptote. So why wouldn’t we shy away from a slippery, opaque, and demanding area of life that assimilates into the very forces of nature.
Confidence vs. hubris
When we confuse confidence/ competence with hubris, we are actually confusing the space in we desire to reside. When we ask the question, “how do I become confident,” we are actually asking a different question. This question can not be spoken because we participate (or want to participate) in a space that requires either confedence or hubris. If we desire to reside in homogeneous space, we want to be confident. When we want to become hubris, we must shy away from the homogeneous elements that keep us paired with flows of production/ money/ status. That’s why overconfidence is a misnomer. You can not be overly confident. You can only be hubris.
Here we come to the crushing pressure of introverts to be extraverts. Were you even surprised? Shyness is just a symptom, a mere gesture in our world. It’s okay to be shy, just be shy on the right things. The only weapon we have is becoming hubris. Confidence is the easy route, whether it to be to follow one’s dreams, to achieve a great feats, to be more than what you are… This is the mid-way point. Of course do those things. Everyone can be confident, but not everyone can be hubris. More confidence is still confidence. Hubris is more than overly confident. It requires an escape, a line-of-flight.