Ode to introverts

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Ode to introverts

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SLU student Matt Meyers is giving a glimpse into introverts’ minds with his webzine project, “The Quiet Series: A Voice for Introversion.” He wants to provide insight about the “quieter side of humanity.”

In the project, he interviews 12 individuals who exhibit facets of introversion. Characteristics of these individuals, according to Meyer, range from “the wallflower” to “the enthusiast.” Each interviewee gives his or her personal definition of introversion and explains what life is like as an introvert.

Meyer’s own definition is, “Introversion is the unique ability to create and live comfortably inside of one’s head. Introverts are highly versatile and creative creatures that often need solitude to cope with the difficulties of living in the human experience.”

In the project, he also discusses some of his own experiences, such as growing up as an introvert.

It appears that when Meyers was not interviewing people, he was photographing them because “The Quiet Series” is visually stunning. Meyers captures the spirit and personality of each of his interviewees in their statements as much as in their photos. However, he reaches a trifecta by also incorporating some of the interviewees’ favorite quotes. It’s a dynamic piece of art and literature.

As an introvert, I connected with this piece immediately. Meyers portrays the featured individuals genuinely; it was easy to identify with aspects of all 12 interviewees. Also, I agree with Meyer’s assertion that Americans live in “a culture that craves extroversion.” It often seems that extroverts are perceived by society in a more positive light than their counterpart, introverts. While extroverts are regarded as friendly and outgoing, introverts are generally considered shy and reserved. While these are not negative characteristics, there seems to be at least a little bit of stigma against them. Furthermore, it’s easy for introverts to be “passed over” simply due to their quieter demeanor.

However, through his project, Meyers demonstrates the fullness, beauty and diversity of the introverted personality. I would recommend “The Quiet Series” to anyone, introverted or extroverted. Meyers has successfully given readers a glimpse of the introverted mind. Certainly, this project speaks loudly for the quiet kids.

The project can be found by searching for “The Quiet Series” on Issuu.com or on lulu.com, where it can be purchased in paperback form.