Friday, February 03, 2012

In praise of Introverts

The February 6, 2012 issue of Time Magazine features an article: The upside of being an Introvert. As I am an introvert, this article immediately caught my attention.

Our society has not been very kind to the introverts. People don’t pay so much attention to us; and we are less likely to be successful salespersons – that is, unless we sell online. However, according to the Time article, introversion is not all bad. Throughout history, there have been many great people who are introverts. See the list below:


  • Mohandas Gandhi
  • Joe DiMaggio
  • Moses
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Warren Buffett
  • Manmohan Singh
  • Bill Gates
  • Mother Teresa
  • Barack Obama


  • Bill Clinton
  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Steve Jobs
  • Boris Yeltsin
  • Marie Antoinette
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Winston Churchill
  • George W. Bush

It is worth noting that America’s two richest men – Bill Gates and Warren Buffett – are both introverts. Among athletes, Joe DiMaggio (baseball player) was an introvert, while Muhammad Ali was an extrovert. Former President Bill Clinton is extroverted, but his wife Hillary is introverted.

The author also says that introverts often prefer to express themselves in writing. Maybe that’s why I am blogging here…


  1. well, both characters have the advantages and disadvantages..

  2. wow, so you are also an introvert like all those successful great man in history?? :p

  3. so you'd better be prepared to become one star in human history.. have you ever thought of in which way you'd become famous (or notorious)?? :D

  4. hmm i wonder why hillary is considered an introvert.. to me, she has all the qualities of an extrovert. moreover, her job requires her to be so so that she can receive and visit foreign dignitaries!

  5. It depends on the culture I think. The U.S. doesn't encourage introverts that much but in some cultures, the less you say the better! Gotta find the happy medium I guess.

  6. I feel Barack Obama is more extrovert than introvert.

    Also I feel that introvert is more suitable for working behind the scene, and vice versa.

  7. So you are an introvert? Haha! OK, I think both introverts and extroverts excel at different things : )

  8. Hillary Clinton an introvert? Sure does not look like it!

  9. I was recently at Dr. Johnson’s House in London’s Gough Square, a small museum sitting in twisted alleyways off of Fleet Street. Samuel Johnson of course famously invented the modern dictionary in the 18th century, his life chronicled by James Boswell’s seminal biography. What I didn’t know is Johnson remains the second most quoted English-language writer after Shakespeare.this

  10. Hi there, fellow introvert! You might be interested in Susan Cain's book titled "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking". :)