Today’s Word: reserved

April 29, 2017 =========

☆  reserved  遠慮がちな


Someone who is reserved keeps their feelings hidden. They might seem uncommunicative, shy, standoffish, or even secretive. Personally, I don’t think this is such a negative personality trait. Someone who is reserved is generally a good listener and a good observer of people and situations.

In fact, there’s even a book about the value of introverts and reserved people in modern society. The book is called, Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. In the book, she talks about how the modern office is designed for extroverts, with too much emphasis on group work and noise. Introverts and reserved people are undervalued in modern culture and perform better when they can work in peace and quiet. This sounds like me! I haven’t read this book, but maybe I should.

How about you, would you describe yourself as reserved or as an introvert?