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16 Outrageously Successful Introverts


The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 08/13/2013 8:50 am EDT  |
Updated: 08/13/2013 1:24 pm EDT

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投稿日時:2013年8月13日 午前8:50東部時間
更新日時:2013年8月13日 午後1:24東部時間

Abraham Lincoln and Emma Watson have something in common. So do Eleanor Roosevelt and Christina Aguilera. They, like an estimated one third to one half of the population, are introverts.


While extroverts tend to gain their energy in social situations, introverts typically recharge through solitude and feel drained from too much stimulation. It might be easy to assume that those who gravitate toward the spotlight of fame are extroverts, but the truth is that many of our most prominent faces, past and present, have actually identified as introverts.


Introverts are hardly a bunch of shy wallflowers — they are proven leaders who can make great public speakers. Don’t believe us? Check out the list of 16 prominent introverts below. Keep in mind, too, that the famous faces listed below comprise just a drop in the bucket — the list of famous introverts also often includes Michael Jordan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Harrison Ford, Charles Darwin and David Letterman, among many others.


J.K. Rowling

The Harry Potter creator, who was recently revealed as the author of The Cuckoo’s Calling under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is frequently cited as an introvert. People who identify as introverts often report feeling most creative when they’re alone with their own thoughts, rather than in groups. Indeed, Rowling recalls on her website that she first had the idea for Harry Potter in 1990 when she was traveling alone on a delayed train from Manchester to London.

近頃、Cuckoo’s Callingという小説をロバート・ガルブレイスという名で発表していたと打ち明けたハリーポッターの作者は、よく内向的と評される。内向的な人は、人中にいるときよりも1人でいるときの方が、最もクリエイティブになれるという調査がある。実際、ローリングは、1990年にハリーポッターの最初の着想を得たのは、マンチェスターからロンドンへ向かう遅延列車に、1人で乗車していたときだったと語っている。

“I had been writing almost continuously since the age of six but I had never been so excited about an idea before. To my immense frustration, I didn’t have a pen that worked, and I was too shy to ask anybody if I could borrow one…,” she writes. “I did not have a functioning pen with me, but I do think that this was probably a good thing. I simply sat and thought, for four (delayed train) hours, while all the details bubbled up in my brain, and this scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who didn’t know he was a wizard became more and more real to me.”


Bill Gates

Writer and introvert expert Susan Cain describes the Microsoft co-founder and chairman as an introvert. “We can stretch our personalities, but only up to a point,” she wrote in her book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking, the Chicago Tribune reported. “Bill Gates is never going to be Bill Clinton, no matter how he polishes his social skills, and Bill Clinton can never be Bill Gates, no matter how much time he spends alone with a computer.” He’s also an example of someone who’s introverted without being shy, Cain noted in a Psychology Today blog: “Bill Gates is quiet and bookish, but apparently unfazed by others’ opinions of him: he’s an introvert, but not shy.”

作家で内向性の研究者スーザン・ケインは、マイクロソフトの共同創始者で会長のビル・ゲイツを内向的と評している。シカゴ・トリビューンによると、ケインは著書「Quiet: The Power of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking」の中で、「私たちは性格を押し広げることができるが、それには限度がある」と書いている。「ビル・ゲイツは、いくら社交スキルを磨いても、ビル・クリントンにはなれない。ビル・クリントンは、いくら1人でコンピュータに向かっても、ビル・ゲイツにはなれない。」ビル・ゲイツは、シャイではない内向者の典型でもあると、自身のブログPsychology Todayに書いている。「ビル・ゲイツはもの静かで読書家だが、他者からの自分に対する評には動じないようだ。内向的だがシャイではない。」

And perhaps Cain’s work has struck a nerve with the business magnate: He chose her TED talk as one of his 13 favorites.

そして、恐らく、ケインの発言はこのビジネス界の大物の心に響いたようだ。ゲイツは、ケインのTED talkを、自身のfavorite 13のひとつにあげている。

Audrey Hepburn

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Despite her public persona, the British actress identified as an introvert. She’s often quoted as saying: “I’m an introvert … I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.”



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