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"I used to have all the trappings of success, yet I felt an inner emptiness and somewhat dissatisfied in my life. The entertainment industry is very much about "if you've got it, flaunt it", which is the exact opposite to the more inward-oriented spiritual attitude of my new faith. "

says one of the women. I think the issue of being inward-oriented can be quite important in some cases.

As something of an introvert myself, I have often felt that society is more and more becoming a place for extroverts and salesmen. If you want a job, friends, a partner, a place in the debate, you need to be outgoing, networking and be able to sell. Sell yourself, your ideas, your politics, your products... whatever it is you have to offer, it doesn't matter if it's good or not, the important thing is that you can sell it. Nobody cares about your inner qualities, it's all about having a good elevator pitch. Second place is first loser, and nice guys and girls finish last. Humbleness, doubt and nuance are seen as signs of weakness.

Ok, I know what some of you are thinking. Shut up, you pathetic whiner. But I don't think I'm the only introvert out there thinking like this. And in some way, I can understand why some of them would look for something, anything, some kind of situation where being inward-oriented is not seen as some kind of handicap that needs immediate Prozac treatment.

I have an interest in science and technology myself, and those are often suitable avenues for the introvert. But there are not that many nowadays. And those fields are becoming more and more about selling too. You must be able to sell yourself, to show that what you are doing can be turned into something useful and profitable as soon as possible. Curiosity and pursuit of truth has little to do with it.

Yes, I may be exaggerating. But as I said, I don't think I'm the only one wondering if there will be a place for non-macho-hyperextroverted-salesman-types like me in the future.

No, I'm not defending or suggesting joining a religion. But I don't think it's THAT hard to understand, from a psychological perspective.

Sun, 06 Nov 2011 18:06:38 UTC | #887937