This is a change from my normal posts. For 2018 one of my goals is to get the Cambridge Dictionary to change their definition of introvert. As part of this I have started a petition and a hashtag #notmydictionary to help draw attention to the cause.
Not All Introverts Are Shy — Update the Cambridge Dictionary Definition
Stop the Misinformation
“Someone who is shy, quiet, and unable to make friends easily” is a commonly misconceived idea of an introvert and is also the Cambridge Dictionary definition of one. Quite the opposite is true. The objective definition of an introvert is someone who gets their energy from being alone, not necessarily someone who is shy.
I am calling for a change with your help. The awareness of the true definition of an introvert is spreading, but ending the misinformation and negative connotation with being an introvert begins with changing the Cambridge Dictionary definition.
What You NEED To Do
● SIGN THE PETITION to formally recognize your acknowledgement of the need to change the Cambridge Dictionary definition of an introvert to focus on where the energy comes from, rather than outdated, subjective stereotypes.
● SPREAD THE WORD to your friends and family to grow awareness of the need for change and encourage others to take action.
● BE PROACTIVE by being mindful of your own use of the word “introvert” and perception of those who consider themselves to be introverted.
The Change You Will Inspire
The negative connotation with being introverted has a greater impact than simply assuming someone is shy or has bad social skills because they are an introvert. This connotation has physiological effect on everybody, shifting the perception of introverts and potentially affecting their lives and careers.
By changing the Cambridge Dictionary definition of an introvert, those who consider themselves to be introverted will face less pressure and the mental health challenges of dealing with the identity created for them by this misinformation.
What does the word INTROVERT mean to you? Leave a comment and let me know. Sign the petition to get the objective definition in the Cambridge Dictionary! #notmydictionary
Happy world introvert day!