Introverts – UNITE! (but don’t tell anybody)
“To the extent that introverts feel the need to explain, apologize, or feel guilty about what works best for them, they feel alienated not only from society but from themselves.”
The above is a quote from an article: (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/201009/revenge-the-introvert)
There is another quote from an architect that I thought must’ve been me. I also know my wife is probably even more so the “intelligent introvert” than I. My career path has forced me to adapt to the extroverts‘ world more than her’s has. It has not been a comfortable adaptation, but I’ve benefited from it, sometimes.
@SeekingChange – I know you identify. Perhaps your DH would appreciate this article.
I’m definitely more introverted than extroverted.
However, I have been socialized by others and trained by myself to adapt to extroversion. I believe I have even developed the ability to turn my own personal dial in that direction in my work and social spheres when needed. I don’t feel that has been negative or unhealthy. I see it as part of my development and growth. It has helped me to relate to more people in better ways.
I know this experience is different for each person and some might argue that I must not be a true introvert! That might be accurate. (But then, are any of our personalities totally one thing and nothing of the other?)
I always enjoy reading new things about introverts. There were several things that were said in this article that were really good that I could spin a conversation off of.
So many people don’t really understand the core differences between introvert/extrovert. Introversion does NOT mean we are socially inept. I fit very well at greeting at our church, and leading the greeters, but recovery time is needed and takes a while.. There have been multiple people who are surprised to find I am an introvert from just seeing me at church. I liked how this article spoke about the difference between introversion and shyness.
Wow. This is one of those articles that make me say, “So THAT’S why I do that!” and “Oh my gosh, they are writing about ME!” I’ve always known I was an introvert, but felt I had some extrovert tendencies; I just never realized I had purposely (if unconsciously) cultivated those extrovert tendencies out of necessity. I do know that after I became involved in the Drama Club in HS (mostly back stage) I got a lot better at being socially acceptable because I could watch how others faced situations that were awkward for me, and create a character of a me that was good at that stuff, and then simply get into character. I HATE casual social situations with people I don’t know extremely well (and sometimes with people I do) but I learned how to be someone much more comfortable with other people, at least for a little while.
It is interesting to read that I really do need the processing time. When I was a child, I would spend hours lying across my bed, staring out my window, just thinking. I used to think I was weird for having done that, then I began to wish I had the opportunity to do that again because I really did feel over stimulated (without totally understanding the terminology) from working in a bustling noisy office and would get to where I just couldn’t function. I have been a homemaker for several years now, but I still feel a sense of having my circuits fried, almost like I’m still fixing damage done by being in my worst personal atmosphere for so long! Now I often have days (especially following those where I am what I call “on”) where all I want to do is sleep.
Psychology is fascinating.