In a world overrun with technology and social media and constant connections between people, extroversion dominates the social stratosphere. These extroverted people, who gain their energy from interpersonal interactions and high stimulus situations, block out the quieter, more timid, introverted personalities. Introverts gather and build their energy from non-human interactions and therefore create strong relationships with the non-human aspects of their lives.
Introverts tend to have a strong non-human relationship with nature and natural things because of the way they gather energy and, because of this it is not uncommon to meet introverts who often retreat into some kind of natural setting for hours on end. Symbolic interpretive theory would probably look at this nature-introvert relationship from two different perspectives and look specifically at what the introvert’s retreat represents from the different perspectives. To extroverts, this retreat could be interpreted as an exclusion from society; a sad way that introverts deal with the extroverted domination of the world and the fact that they don’t necessarily fit in or aren’t appreciated. To introverts, this retreat represents something beautiful; it is a time of freedom, when the introvert gets to release him or herself from the social world and become their true wild person. For an introvert, this time in nature is a time to recharge their much-needed energy for the return back to the extroverted world.
A practice theorist might argue that this domination of the worldwide social culture by extroverts is hegemony and for the most part, introverts, because of their personalities, conform to the hierarchy of personalities. But within this hegemonic system, introverts definitely find ways to exercise agency. They might perform extroversion in certain social settings, such as a classroom or party. But often introverts push through the cracks of the extroverted domination of culture and express their true selves by retreating to nature. Being in nature then, is a performance of introversion. While introverts are in no way weak or inferior to extroverts, their personalities are not idealized in the social world and due to this they have to find a place where they are able to appreciate their own selves and respect their own needs outside of social interactions. Nature is the place where they can be that person and rebel the hegemony.
Nature is a silent, peaceful, isolating place. These are rather daunting characteristics for extroverts who excel in social situations which make up most of daily life. But for introverts, nature is what they need to recharge and relax even when every part of the extroverted dominating culture tells them it is wrong. Introverts are drawn to nature for the quiet it provides, the seclusion it offers, the anti-social experiences it allows, and the full acceptance it gives to introverts in need of alone time. Nature is where the introvert can be a true wild introvert inside his or her own head and not be judged or downcast by a culture made for extroverts.
 Cain, Susan. Quiet: The Power Of Introverts In A World That Can’t Stop Talking. New York: Crown Publishers, 2012.
 Lecture, Professor McGranahan, ANTH 2100 Frontiers of Cultural Anthropology, 31 August 2015.
 Lecture, Professor McGranahan, ANTH 2100 Frontiers of Cultural Anthropology, 7 October 2015.