Thursday, February 22, 2007

You're In Good Company...

Since introverts are estimated to be only 25 % of the general population, it’s easy to feel the odd man out. Actually, the term I prefer is “odd duck.” I don’t know, but I’m guessing that expression “He’s an odd duck,” evolved from the Hans Christian Anderson tale, The Ugly Duckling, which really should be required reading for every introvert. Because the truth is, most introverts will feel like the odd duck when compared to their outgoing and socially extroverted brethren.

With that in mind, here are some famous introverts. You might be surprised to discover just who else is in your tribe.

A. A. Milne (Winnie the Pooh)
Albert Einstein
Amy Tan (author of The Joy-Luck Club, The Kitchen God's Wife)
Anne Lamott
C. G. Jung, (Freudian defector, author of Psychological Types, etc.)
C. S. Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia)
Carrie Fisher
Chevy Chase (Cornelius Crane) (Fletch)
Dan Aykroyd (The Blues Brothers)
Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood)
Garry Trudeau (Doonesbury)
Helen Keller, deaf and blind author
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Evangeline)
William Shakespeare, bard of Avon
James Herriot (All Creatures Great and Small)
James Taylor, vocalist
Jamie Foxx
Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice)
Julia Roberts, actor (Conspiracy Theory, Pretty Woman)
Katie Couric
Lance Armstrong
Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie)
Lisa Kudrow ("Phoebe" of Friends)
Marg Helgaberger
Mark Harmon
Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader, martyr
Michael Landon (Little House on the Prairie)
Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nelson Mandela
Nicole Kidman
Oprah Winfrey
Phil Donahue
Piers Anthony, author ("Xanth" series)
Rene Descartes
Richard Gere (Pretty Woman)
Rick Moranis (Honey, I Shrunk The Kids)
Shirley Temple Black, child actor, ambassador
Sir Isaac Newton
Susan B. Anthony
Terri Gross (PBS's "Fresh Air")
Tiger Woods
Tom Brokaw, news anchor

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