It makes sense that so many introverts hide even from themselves. We live in a value system that I call the Extrovert Ideal – the omnipresent belief that the ideal self is gregarious, alpha and comfortable in the spotlight…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 wherever they go, and that some humans are just the same.
— Susan Cain, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
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Haunting Jack, c. 2009