Quote of the day

Historically, psychologists have looked at introversion as the absence of extroversion. They measure extroversion, and if you are low in it, then you are considered an introvert. This perpetuates the perception of introversion as negative space, and introverted activities as not really doing anything. We need to train ourselves, and others, out of this idea. We need to start seeing doing nothing (or reading, or working alone on projects, or whatever it is we do to recharge) as activities that are as valid as any social event.
-Sophia Dembling

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4 thoughts on “Quote of the day

  1. Warrior Freya says:

    As an artist negative space means something different to me than it does to most people, and while it is just as important in a composition as any other element, it too is defined as the absence of something. It took a while to train myself to not think of negative space as “negative” in the traditional sense of the word.

    It is eye opening to realize that introversion and extroversion share the same relationship as negative and positive space. I never consciously realized this and it does help explain why introversion is always considered less than, or lacking. In the very definition we use in layman’s terms we basically define it as the absence of socializing.

    That definitely gives me something to meditate on today. Maybe it would be easier to accept introversion if we started using different terms, different definitions, to describe what it actually is, instead of treating introversion like some sort of red-headed step-child.

    **No offense meant to anyone who does happen to be a red-headed step-child. ❤ **

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    • Ally says:

      Totally agree with you here, we definitely need a different definition for introversion. And given the negative connotation of the word ‘introvert’ it would be nice to have a positive word to use.
      I love using negative space when designing compositions and layouts. Using white space allows the text and images to stand out more. But so often, when dealing with non-designers, people want to fill up all the white space. They don’t see the beauty of letting it be, of letting each element have its own space. In the same way, people view introversion as a lack of extroversion, rather than viewing it as just as beautiful as extroversion. Great comment, its given me more to think about 🙂

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  2. Bruce Goodman says:

    If I get a “commission” to write something (words and/or music) I always warn people I live with, that when it looks like I’m doing nothing in fact I’m not doing nothing. There’s a terrible guilt in our society attached to “weeding the garden” when one should be inside frantically typing out one’s novel…

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