Sharon Sayler

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differences of opinion can be creatively stimulating as well as frustrating

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:

Extrovert Introvert
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…

Extrovert Introvert
Initiates conversation Commences listening
Expressive Reflective
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.

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One comments on “Words do change minds
  1. Thank you so much for the kind words about introverts. I like the idea of being a good listener, and of thinking before I speak. I’m a mix of the two but greatly appreciate and enjoy my reflective side.

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