Yoda Was an Introvert

Is extroversion a disability? Extroverts are praised because their actions are immediate and, well, they sound like they know what they are doing. Extroverts earn respect by being immediate and (often) loud. Susan Cain begins her book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” explaining how extroversion became the cultural ideal. Cain writes, “Introversion—along with its cousins sensitivity, seriousness, and shyness—is now a second-class personality trait, somewhere between a disappointment and a pathology.”

Introverts on the other hand take the time to absorb the conversation and reflect before answering. I don’t know of any practicing Zen extroverts. Yoda for example, was an introvert. Mastering skills and reflecting on new thinking takes time. Yoda knew this in the swamps of Dagobah, Luke did not. He was impatient. As a teacher are you more like Yoda or the impatient version of Luke? Extroverts might make good used care sales people, however I wouldn’t necessarily categorize them as good thinkers.

Think about how we are teaching our students. Are we allowing that half of our class to work as reflective thinkers? Is this even reflected in the learning skills we report on?


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