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Caring for your Introvert

Found this article in The Atlantic because someone on my FL is a fellow introvert. It's a great read for all you party people out there, who don't understand how someone can be happier when left all by their lonesome.


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Jan. 13th, 2011 06:50 pm (UTC)
Good article. Despite my initial Myers Briggs I'm pretty sure I am an introvert as well. Got a nice dose of that validation during the Acro Yoga Immersion and now after 5 days of being in a group I want to just be by my self and am feeling very crowded being at my mom's. Went to look at the link to a follow up discussion on introvert dating but the link does not seem to lead to the follow up any more.

Edited at 2011-01-13 11:31 pm (UTC)
Jan. 14th, 2011 05:06 am (UTC)
I think you're near the E/I edge, not a serious introvert by any stretch. I think you're currently reacting to being overcrowded, but leave you alone for a day and you'll be seeking out people to chat with. Just my opinion.
Jan. 14th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know you are right. I think I vacillate back and forth and have for much of my life. I can go thru extended periods on either side, for years even. Depends on all the forces at play in my inner and outer life but I am not hard core in either direction and adapt to circumstances. But, as I know my self, if circumstances that require social engagement are less and if I really have the freedom to just be my self I will tend to be somewhat of a hermit and invite a few specific people into my life that will be compatible with all the space I would love for my self. I will tend to live a simple nature centered life. I think that I raising a family and being a serious bread winner for 25+ years forced me to learn how to shapeshift onto the E side. Prior to that time I had spent a lot of time on the I side and I am feeling a pull there now. If not for my mom I would probably head for the SW and find a beautiful natural place to hole up to read, explore, draw, experiment with garden and sustainable living, meditate, do yoga, keep fit and play artistically.
Jan. 13th, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
So how far are extroverts supposed to bend over backwards to accommodate introverts needs? What about their children? I understand that we all have different needs that aren't natural. Extroverts spend a lot of energy sitting down and shutting up. Sometimes it is impossible for an introvert to be left alone to the extent that they want to be.

I'm right in the middle. I'm a 'fake' extrovert.
Jan. 14th, 2011 05:10 am (UTC)
Ha. Funny pic. How far CAN you bend over backwards? To me the point is simply that not everybody is the same, and a wee little bit of sensitivity and allowing people to be different goes a long way.

As for being in the middle, in my 20's I fell in the middle. I have trended toward the introvert end steadily for the last 20 years. Perhaps I am becoming antisocial. I looked up psychopathy yesterday thinking that perhaps I was even one of those, but I'm not, because I have too much of a conscience.
Jan. 13th, 2011 07:52 pm (UTC)
I wonder if you were talking about me... because this article is about 95% me. Me, me, me! :)
Jan. 14th, 2011 05:11 am (UTC)
Yes, of course, it's always all about YOU.
Jan. 14th, 2011 01:26 pm (UTC)
Me Me ME.

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