Monday, June 27, 2011

And Adam Young talks about introversion

Or rather, he re-posts a blog post about introversion:

I recently stumbled across a blog written by Carl King about the phenomenon known as the introverted human being and it struck a major chord with me. After each bullet, I felt like standing up and shouting “YESSSSSSSSS!” at the top of my lungs because these points (made by author Marti Laney, Psy.D) are total home runs. As an extreme introvert, this is like sweet manna from heaven.

And then follows the blog post, by Carl King of CarlKingCreative.com:

So here are a few common misconceptions about Introverts (I put this list together myself, some of them are things I actually believed):

…Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

…Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Fascinating, I thought. And though I don’t consider myself an extreme introvert, as these two men do, I have noticed introverted tendencies, and the only letter of the Myers-Briggs test I definitely tested in was the I. (The NFP were actually fairly balanced between the dominant letters and their counterparts, so I just ended up with the default choices on those.) And of course, I picked these “myths” precisely because I can thoroughly identify with the more accurate descriptions that follow them. May I then describe myself as a moderate introvert?

I’ll say, though—as a journalist, I’ve had to get used to the whole “Hi, I’m so-and-so from the such-and-such-newspaper…” and exchanging pleasantries thing. Not especially good at it but I get the job done, and eventually people figure out I’m cool. Smile with tongue out

2 comments:

da_baum said...

I found this a couple months ago. Actually posted it on Facebook too, but you apparently missed it. Good to hear you don't stalk me on Facebook all the time! :) It's a great post. I think it all applies to me...pretty sure I'm an extreme introvert.

Sarah said...

Haha, nope, I don't spend enough time on Facebook anymore to stalk people (or at least I try not to...). Well I'm not sure how much doesn't apply, but you know, these things can apply in varying degrees, and I think I'm not quite so introverted as my dad... though I give him a run for his money sometimes!

I will say, I'm hoping my upcoming move to living solo isn't going to exacerbate any unsocial tendencies I already have... :P