“If you’re an introvert, you also know that the bias against quiet can cause deep psychic pain. As a child you might have overheard your parents apologize for your shyness… or at school you might have been prodded to come “out of your shell” — that noxious expression which fails to appreciate that some animals naturally carry shelter everywhere they go, and that some humans are just the same. Now that you’re an adult, you might still feel a pang of guilt when you decline a dinner invitation in favor of a good book….or you’re told that you’re “in your head too much,” a phrase that’s often deployed against the quiet and cerebral. Of course, there’s another word for such people: thinkers.”
-Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain

“If you’re an introvert, you also know that the bias against quiet can cause deep psychic pain. As a child you might have overheard your parents apologize for your shyness… or at school you might have been prodded to come “out of your shell” — that noxious expression which fails to appreciate that some animals naturally carry shelter everywhere they go, and that some humans are just the same. Now that you’re an adult, you might still feel a pang of guilt when you decline a dinner invitation in favor of a good book….or you’re told that you’re “in your head too much,” a phrase that’s often deployed against the quiet and cerebral. Of course, there’s another word for such people: thinkers.”

-Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain