Not All Introverts Are Shy -- Update the Dictionary Definition

Janice Chaka
Janice Chaka 12 Comments
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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.

We are calling for a change. 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need to change the Cambridge Dictionary definition of an introvert to focus on where the energy comes from, rather than outdated, subjective stereotypes.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. Let’s do our part and sign the petition.


Follow me for more information on twitter @careerintrovert or join us on Facebook at The Career Introvert.


If you want to do more please feel free to use the following hashtag #notmydictionary and tweet to @CambridgeWords.


After you sign you will be directed to a page where you can donate to ipetitions please do not think that you have to donate.

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