I love to read. Interrupting me is bad.
I love social gatherings, *but in moderation and I do need to step away from the crowds at times.
I love the internet (Who the hell made these lists??!?!)
I am energized by what’s outside of me as well as what is inside of me.
I attempt to understand AND change the world (my parts of it anyway, that’s where we all need to start)
It’s fascinating that I am so much of both.. anyone else feel the same?
An Introvert’s Lexicon
The following is meant to be a humorous look at the world from an Introvert’s point of view.
|WORD||Extrovert’s Definition||Introvert’s Definition|
|Alone, adj.||Lonely.||Enjoying some peace and quiet.|
|Book, n.||1) Doorstop.2) Paperweight.||1) Source of comfort.2) Safe and inexpensive method of traveling, having adventures, and meeting interesting people.|
|Bored, adj.||Not frantically busy.||Stuck making small talk, and unable to escape politely.|
|Extrovert, n.||A nice, normal, sociable person. Never surprises you with anything weird.||A boisterous person who may be very nice, but who is somewhat exhausting to spend time with.|
|Free time, n.||A time when you do group activities. (See Introvert’s Definition of work.)||A time when you read without interruption until you’re in danger of going blind.|
|Friend, n.||Someone who makes sure that you’re never alone.||Someone who understands that you’re not rejecting them when you need to be alone.|
|Good manners, n.||Making sure people aren’t left all by themselves. Filling in silence in a conversation.||Not bothering people, unless it’s necessary, or they approach you. (Sometimes you can bother people you know well, but you make sure they aren’t busy first.)|
|Home, n.||A place to invite everybody you know.||A place to hide from everybody you know.|
|Internet, n.||1) Another medium for advertising.2) A place where geeks with no life hang out.||A way to meet other introverts. You don’t have to go out, and writing allows you to think before just blurting something out.|
|Introvert, n.||One of those who like to read. Moody loners. Be careful not to tick them off; some of them are serial killers.||One who shows a perfectly natural restraint and caution when meeting new people. One who appreciates solitude. Often, one who enjoys reading and has a philosophical mind.|
|Love, n.||Never having to do anything alone.||Being understood and appreciated.|
|Music, n.||Background noise.||Something with a tune and lyrics which may be moving and intelligent, or may be drivel.|
|Phone, n.||Lifeline to other people – your reason for living.||Necessary (?) evil, and yet another interruption. Occasionally useful, but mostly a nuisance.|
|Reading, v.||A chore that a teacher makes you do when you’re a kid.||You have to do it in secret and pretend you don’t really do it, or people think you’re strange.|
|Shell, n.||Something you find on the beach.||What people relentlessly nag you to come out of. Why do you have to leave it, if you’re happy there?|
|To go out, v.||Requires at least two people, and the more the better. Constant chatter, loud music, sports, crowds, and food consumption are all fun components of going out.||Can be done alone or with others. Enjoyable if there’s some point to it; i.e., in order to see a band, a movie, a play, or perhaps to have a stimulating discussion with one or two close friends.|
|Work, n.||Having to read, write, listen, or concentrate on anything.||Being pestered every five minutes about something trivial, and not allowed to concentrate.|
Next let’s take a more serious look at some differences
|Extraversion (70-75% of population)||Introversion (25-30% of population)|
|Energized by what goes on in the outer world||Energized by what goes on in the inner world|
|Need to talk to clarify what they think||Need to reflect before they talk|
|Can be seen as accessible and understandable||Can be seen as subtle and difficult to know well initially|
|Difficult for them to just sit & listen||Work quietly without interruption|
|Often work to change he world||Often work to understand the world|
|Interests often have breadth||Interests often have depth|
|Multiplicity of relationships||Limited relationships|
|Expenditure of energies||Conservation of energies|