Is Shyness an Evolutionary Tactic? – NYTimes.com
When I shared this information with the mother of a “sitter” daughter, her reaction was mixed. “That is all very nice,” she said, “but how will it help her in the tough real world?” But sensitivity, if it is not excessive and is properly nurtured, can be a catalyst for empathy and even leadership. Eleanor Roosevelt, for example, was a courageous leader who was very likely a sitter. Painfully shy and serious as a child, she grew up to be a woman who could not look away from other people’s suffering — and who urged her husband, the constitutionally buoyant F.D.R., to do the same; the man who had nothing to fear but fear itself relied, paradoxically, on a woman deeply acquainted with it.
Very intriguing, and I hope that introverts aren’t medicated or undervalued to the point of becoming a rare breed. The story about Eleanor Roosevelt is especially interesting to me, as someone who is by all means an introvert (tested as an INFJ while growing up) yet can behave like an extrovert when passionate about a cause or project (and tested as an ENFJ in one of my previous workplaces).