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Caring for Your Introvert

Caring for Your Introvert
Are introverts oppressed? I would have to say so. For one thing, extroverts are overrepresented in politics, a profession in which only the garrulous are really comfortable. Look at George W. Bush. Look at Bill Clinton. Extroverts therefore dominate public life. With their endless appetite for talk and attention, extroverts also dominate social life, so they tend to set expectations. Are introverts arrogant? Are introverts oppressed? Extroverts therefore dominate public life. With their endless appetite for talk and attention, extroverts also dominate social life, so they tend to set expectations. Are introverts arrogant?

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