I am an introvert – seriously

“Unlike extroverts who gain energy from social interaction, introverts have to expend energy in social situations.”

Myths About Introverts Busted
I am an introvert. There are people I know, and know well, who think otherwise. They are incorrect.

The article 8 Signs You’re an Introvert notes: “It is… important to note that introversion is not the same things as social anxiety or shyness. Being an introvert does not mean that you are socially anxious or shy.”

I used to be socially anxious, but through repetition, I’ve learned not to care as much. Public gaffes I have made, which would have put me into a funk for days – or much longer – I generally deal with with self-deprecating humor.

“People who are introverted tend to be inward turning, or focused more on internal thoughts, feelings and moods rather than seeking out external stimulation.

“Unlike extroverts who gain energy from social interaction, introverts have to expend energy in social situations. After attending a party or spending time in a large group of people, introverts often feel a need to ‘recharge’ by spending a period of time alone.

“This does not mean that the average introvert wants to be alone all the time. Many introverts love spending time with friends and interacting with familiar people in social situations.”

So if I am affable at church, which I generally am, it’s because I’ve been there almost two decades, and I have developed a certain degree of comfort.

“While introverts typically do not enjoy a great deal of socializing, they do enjoy having a small group of friends to whom they are particularly close.”

Technology is wonderful in this regard. The emails I’ve spent with Catbird down south, after meeting for the first time in well over a decade have been quite meaningful. I actually have done a couple video chats with friend Deborah in France, after not seeing her for nearly three decades until 2018.

On the same recent weekend I spent 90 minutes on the telephone with one sister and two hours with Uthaclena. Old school!

“Because introverts tend to be inward-turning, they also spend a great deal of time examining their own internal experiences.” Goodness, yes.

Noted author and clear introvert John Green (no relation) did a video recently Battling Apathy and Searching for Meaning, which I related to – a lot.

“Where extroverts tend to prefer to jump right in and learn through hands-on experience, introverts typically prefer learning through observation…

“When introverts do learn from personal experience, they prefer to practice somewhere private where they can build their skills and abilities without having to perform for an audience.” Check.

Blogging is actually a useful tool for the introvert. It allows me to “put myself out there” in a controlled environment.

For ABC Wednesday

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

8 thoughts on “I am an introvert – seriously”

  1. I don’t think I’ve EVER previously spent two hours on the telephone…

  2. There is so much to learn. Interesting facts about introverts.
    I like spending time with myself too.

  3. Great post, I am also an introvert, with some social anxiety. However, five minutes on the phone with anybody and I am done.

  4. good info, thanks! I’m not really sure if I’m an introvert, though several of the posted quotes certainly speak to behaviors of mine. can you be both an introvert, AND an extrovert? like in different situations? I’m all about balance…but that’s a choice I make. I realize some don’t have that luxury.

  5. I think a lot of bloggers are introverts. I’m one too although I’m sociable if I’m in a familiar environment or with familiar people. A lot of extroverts jump to conclusions about introverts but I think other introverts mostly understand. It’s not that extroverts are the majority. They’re just noisier and go out more so they get noticed more. It’s probably about 50/50 extroverts and introverts. I enjoyed your post.

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