I was recently reading an article on the differences between extrovert and introvert. As a self-proclaimed word-nerd, I was stunned at how this ‘expert’ author, who shall remain nameless here, framed the different distinctions. If one looks carefully at the word choices, it appears the author has a preference. Here are two examples:
|Are open and talkative||Need to have own territory|
|Easily make new friends||Usually do not have many friend|
Notice how the words ‘open and need’ and ‘easily and do not’ frame your opinion. How does ‘open and talkative’ relate to ‘territory’? Is ‘territory’ a reference to personal space? Define ‘make versus do not have friends’… Please….
Extrovert and Introvert are ‘shorthand labels’ used to describe our innate abilities and preferences to regulate our impulses, our resiliency, the way we choose to communicate and influence and our leadership style to name just a few. We can perpetuate the idea that introversion is a negative or we can choose to see the two different types for what they are: different, but not better or worse.
Words do change minds. Consider…
|Initiates conversation||Commences listening|
|Small personal space||Large personal space|
Even in my attempt to remain neutral, one could argue that I have framed a view of reality at its most basic level.
As a writer, however we choose to frame a subject, it is imbued with persuasion, as all writing is an expression of ethical choices.