I first read about Brian Little in Susan Cain’s “Quiet“. Watching and listening to him speak, I can understand why his graduating classes at Harvard consistently vote him as “Favourite Professor”, year after year. He alludes his ability to act as an extrovert to the fact that he loves his students, he loves what he teaches and he is passionate about sharing his knowledge in his area of expertise. Typical introvert behavior, getting all pumped up when doing something of personal meaning and value. He might very well be an INFJ as well.
I will never forget the conversation I once had with a student who expressed immense surprise and disbelief when I told her I am not, by nature, outgoing or outspoken. I always knew I was acting out of character as a teacher, but her shock at my confession made me realize how convincing my persona might have been – and maybe that’s why I found myself living from weekend to weekend, only looking forward to the time of respite, when I could shed all efforts at existing and simply… be. I could totally feel Brian Little’s agony as he described trying to find a “restorative niche” after social events and people-meeting.
May this world be a kinder place to our species…
2 thoughts on “Brian Little: Confessions of a Passionate Introvert”
I completely agree. I need to extravert myself even when working in an open plan office, and concentrate much better when working from home alone. I also relate to the differences in communication and have been misunderstood for my rambling style and not getting to the point. Imagine interviews. Not great for me. And yet when I visit my disabled clients out in the community and concentrate on their needs, you wouldn’t recognise me. And afterwards, I too need that ‘restorative niche’ to do nothing but ‘be’ in solitude
This is an interesting post and has given me more information on something that I know a bit about. Thank you.
Thank you for sharing your experience and story. I can totally understand!