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An Open Letter: To The Introvert Fandom

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Dear Introvert Fandom,

Hello. I am an extrovert. There are a lot of us out there, but, ironically, we don't often talk about our needs under the heading of "extroverts."

However, over the past year or two, I've seen a growing discussion around introversion online. And I think it's great. It's important to understand both our own and others' needs, and introverts have definitely been given the short end of the stick for a long time. But the problem is that, like many quest for labels and identity before it, the definition of being an introvert has been corrupted and corroded, and also glorified as this heightened mental state. And to be quite honest, it's alienating, annoying, and wrong.

Here's the most simplistic definition for an extrovert: one who gains energy from being around people.
Here's the most simplistic definition for an introvert: one who gains energy from being alone.

I didn't know I was an extrovert, and I didn't really k…