Susan Cain’s “Quiet” describes introversion in a convincing way. She says that introversion does not mean they are shy, or they don’t have ideas. They have their own optimally simulated places where they find comfort and creativity. Extroverts need to give them their space to think and brainstorm and not force them into activities they might not be comfortable with. In this world of extroversion, giving space to introverts could be a solution but it also cannot be a solution. Confused? This article will explain the sides. While designing for users every input is important. People who share, discuss and debate are considered more valuable, not that who don’t share are not valuable, but eventually, the contribution counts. Introverts can definitely use different mediums to express but the appreciation may not be public.
Imagine a critique session in which each individual has to speak up and talk about their work and ask for feedback. The expectation is, everyone sitting in the room should give valuable feedback for the development of the work that other person has done. In real situations that hardly happens, people are reluctant to share their thoughts, and that hampers the process of feedback and iteration loop for the presenter. Although, the presenter should also ask questions to get as much information from the co-workers as possible. The limitation of that method is, the questions asked will always be limited to the presenter’s thinking and perspective. Radical views and different opinions are equally important for someone to understand what they need to do. Everyone has different experiences, and these experiences play a vital role while giving feedback or even an opinion about anything. One might like a specific product, someone else would reject it outright. Here is where the equation fails.
Being an extrovert, I like to speak up and point out things which might help others to overcome their barriers. I like to critique when situations are demanding and discuss otherwise. Information sharing, critiquing and discussions are probably the best feedback tools in closed conditions. If I am presenting an idea, I expect people to critique it so that I can understand the point of views which I would have missed. Introverts in these situations keep quite and share bare minimum which might or might not be of much help. In this world of extroversion, introverts if not socially should find a way to communicate their opinions via any medium possible. There should not be a feeling of hostility building up in extroverts about it. Eventually, extroverts might curtail sharing their feedback to people who do not reciprocate.
A transaction is a part of life. If I give, it is expected that something will be returned back to me, may not be of the same value, but the gesture is what counts. Selfless deeds are good but not in situations where development is hampered. I want to learn and develop, I want to understand my limitations to overcome them. That is not being selfish, but being proactive about my development.