Introverts in America : the Red, White & Blues :(

Introverts in America : the Red, White & Blues :(

If you’re an introvert in America and possibly well into your adult life, you have probably been mistaken as depressed. If not you, I know I have and have always taken issue with this. Because of my preference for a night in instead of a house party or to search for a more meaningful answer than one that is superficial, doesnt mean im in crisis. I will seek solitude out of a desire to reset and recharge my battery, NOT because I am bothered by anything. We, more than anyone, need a space to create and admire things in an in-depth capacity especially if it’s something we are interested in.
In Eastern cultures, to place oneself into solitude is a sign of strength ( cue the applause ). Here in the states, it’s the opposite. If one found you starting to retreat more and isolate yourself, you’ll be viewed as depressed. Western professionals will take it even further and try to medicate you with any depressants. This same person may go to an eastern culture and might simply be given the space they seek.
Japanese and Chinese cultures are not as gung-ho about prescribing antidepressants for their more introverted individuals because its a way of life. It’s considered honorable and wise to know yourself well enough to desire solitude in this way. After all, most of their religions and philosophical leaders were usually alone when they reached a prolific or epiphany moment; So who’s to say we can do the same.
I am in no way saying not to seek professional help in dark moments or stop taking your medication. I am however saying that you have the right to retreat. It’s not a sign of weakness and you should use this time to figure out why it is you need to withdraw in the first place. You also take the time out to combat the issue and remedy the situation.

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