When ” Facts are important– indeed crucial– since

When you are walking alone at night, notice that a young black man is behind you. Will you quicken your pace on purpose or just do it unintentionally? Just like Brent Staples describes in Black Men and Public Space, that he scared away a white lady without doing anything unnatural but just walk behind her at late night with his obvious identity, a black man (43). People tend to be stereotyped due to their own identity. In today’s world, especially in Western cultures, the public perceives extroverts as the “better” for being more open up to others, the mainstream continually reminds introverts that there is something wrong with them. Introverts are stereotyped to be the disadvantaged group, who must have to adjust their behaviors to fit into the world. As an inherently introvert, I feel strongly about this sort of stereotype. I have heard many one-sided thoughts from extroverts that introverts are all too shy to talk to strangers, they are not socially developed, they only live in their own small world and these lead introverts to be less likely to succeed as extroverts. Cheryl I. Harris and Devon W. Carbado writes in Loot Or Find: Fact Or Frame? that ” Facts are important– indeed crucial– since so much of public opinion is grounded in misinformation.” (60) Since there are such many stereotypes of introverts, we should get to know the facts. In Susan Cain’s TED speech, her accurate representation of “introvert” sets up the proper understanding that being an introvert doesn’t just equal to be shy, antisocial, and not fit for a leader, but means to feel most “switched on” in a “quieter and more low-key” surrounding and is in no way inferior to extroverts. Being shy is one of the most common misreadings of introverts. “Shyness,” as Susan Cain claims in her speech, “is about fear of social judgment,” and she points out that introversion is more related to the way of responding to environmental stimulation. (03:56) According to this view, we can recognize the difference between shyness and introversion. Shyness has more to do with feel afraid to speak up, receive negative judgment and disapproval from the public. Every shy people must have experienced nervous and discomfortable time being surrounded by many people. In contrast, introversion is the preference for being quiet, introverts choose to stay alone. For them, it’s the personal time that really counts. As an illustration, if an introvert and a shy person are invited to a party, the former would hesitate because they prefer having “me time;” on the contrary, a shy people may think they have no choice but staying home even if they have the desire to socialise more because they know they would struggle with how others at the party would perceive them, worried about others’ judgement, and cause the fear of socializing consequently.Furthermore, some people have the mistaken ideas about introverts that they are antisocial. In her speech, Cain offers her personal experience in childhood. She describes that she brought a full suitcase of books to summer camp, though it was natural for her, an introvert who treated reading books as a “perfectly natural thing to do,” it sounded antisocial to some people. (00:12) However, in fact, an antisocial refers to a person who does not like to socialize, to get along with others, and who enjoys being away from other people the most as a whole. An antisocial person doesn’t reach out to others because they avoid initiating contact with anyone and does not see companionship as necessary.  The more radical antisocial personality is characterized by the uncommon lack of care, regard, and sympathy for the well-being and misfortune of others. For instance, as an introvert who isn’t antisocial, I am okay with contacting with people, actually, I really enjoy participating in various social events and being with my friends. I enjoy the company of others; yet, I also need plenty of “me-time” to being alone after socializing to recharge myself. Although I grant that introversion, antisocial personality, and shyness that I mention in the last paragraph sometimes overlap with one another, so it’s completely possible to be a shy and antisocial introvert, I still maintain that it doesn’t necessarily follow that these three are completely identical, the differences among them should be aware.Moreover, introverts are stereotyped as being less capable in a leadership position. According to Cain, “When it comes to leadership, introverts are routinely passed over for leadership positions.” (06: 03) To put it bluntly, common sense seems to dictate that introverts are not competent for being a leader. But in truth, our history presents several credible and persuasive counterexamples of it. As Cain cites in her speech that Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Gandhi, these well-known and successful leader are all introverts. (06:40) Eleanor Roosevelt, an introvert woman who “gave 348 press conferences as First Lady, was a United Nations delegate, a human rights activist, a teacher, and a lecturer who averaged 150 speaking engagements a year throughout the 1950s” according to Andy Hinds ‘s data presents on the Quiet Revolution website.