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  1. [female speaker]
    I am an introvert... and I love it.
  2. And I'm not alone.
  3. Introverts are everywhere
  4. and our quiet approach to life,
  5. our need for solitary time, isn't a flaw.
  6. It's a gift.
  7. But, as an introvert, it's not always easy
    to realize how wonderful you are.
  8. The world feels like a place
    that rewards extroverts.
  9. Where being loud is mistaken
    for being confident and happy.
  10. Where everyone has something to say,
    but nobody listens.
  11. A world of "Open Plan" offices,
    networking parties, and big personalities.
  12. For those who speak softly,
    it is easy to feel left out.
  13. As a child, I blended
    in to the background.
  14. Many thought that I had little to say
    or that I simply didn't like others,
  15. but that wasn't true.
  16. People often think introverts are
    shy or antisocial,
  17. but these are misconceptions.
  18. Introverts, like anyone,
    can find socializing fun.
  19. But, where parties leave extroverts
    energized, after some time,
  20. introverts need to recharge
    away from everyone.
  21. There's a scientific theory for this.
  22. There are two important chemicals
    found in all our brains:
  23. dopamine and acetylcholine.
  24. Dopamine is like a hit of energy
    when we take risks or meet new people,
  25. and it makes extroverts feel great.
  26. But introverts are more
    sensitive to dopamine
  27. and get quickly overstimulated.
  28. That's why we prefer the more
    slow-burn feeling we get
  29. when our brains release acetylcholine.
  30. That happens when we concentrate,
    read, or focus our minds.
  31. It makes us introverts feel relaxed,
    alert, and content,
  32. but it barely registers with extroverts.
  33. Of course, like anything,
    it's a sliding scale.
  34. You can lean one way or another,
    or be a bit of both,
  35. known as an ambivert.
  36. Now, I understand myself better.
  37. I am deeply grateful for how I am.
  38. Instead of filling up space
    with small talk,
  39. I listen patiently and
    make my words matter.
  40. I have few friends,
    but our connection is deep.
  41. I love spending time alone.
  42. It's where the chaos of a long day
    can finally settle.
  43. I can reflect and listen to my thoughts
  44. and eventually reconnect with myself.
  45. Only after that...
    am I ready to share with the world again.
  46. I have learned strategies for
    finding comfort in our noisy world,
  47. from using music to
    create bubbles of peace
  48. to escaping to a quiet park
    at lunch time.
  49. I adore the intensity and
    chaotic beauty of the world,
  50. but it's in quiet spaces
    where I feel truly at home.
  51. If introversion were
    more valued by society,
  52. it could make a massive
    difference to our collective future.
  53. The unique attributes of introverts
    really are a deep, quiet strength.
  54. As Gandhi put it,
    "In a gentle way, you can shake the world."
  55. [Male speaker]
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