It's high time that we introverts start getting the respect that's rightly due to us. Now is the time for the quiet minority to rise up and cast off the shackles placed upon us by a society that neither understands nor appreciates our mute, pensive power! The future is ours!
In this spirit, I am linking to an insightful and hilarious article called Caring for Your Introvert by Jonathan Rauch. Here's a teaser:
The worst of it is that extroverts have no idea of the torment they put us through. Sometimes, as we gasp for air amid the fog of their 98-percent-content-free talk, we wonder if extroverts even bother to listen to themselves. Still, we endure stoically, because the etiquette books—written, no doubt, by extroverts—regard declining to banter as rude and gaps in conversation as awkward. We can only dream that someday, when our condition is more widely understood, when perhaps an Introverts' Rights movement has blossomed and borne fruit, it will not be impolite to say "I'm an introvert. You are a wonderful person and I like you. But now please shush."
It's well-worth reading, but please....do it quietly.