Saturday, June 22, 2013

Introvert

I've been reading Susan Cain's book (Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking) and have looked at her TED talk on the advice of a friend. It's interesting to me because I've known for years that I'm an introvert and I'm always interested in what the world has to say about that.

There are many definitions available online that speaks to what is introversion, what is extroversion and what is the in-between (ambiversion). You can find out which you are by taking the test on Susan Cain's website or any other that can be found. Every test that I've ever taken has said that I'm an introvert. 

Inwardly focused is what I am. I like my own company, I don't like large crowds of people. I like to take the time to figure out what I'm thinking and feeling.   

Thinking about this tonight partly because I've been reading the book but also partly because I went out with the cute guy and his cousins. Man of Steel - ftw. I'm not particularly fond of large groups of new people and, although I've been out with them a few times already, I still feel that they're a new group of people. I feel awkward and shy and would really prefer if it were just the two of us. 

Ah well. The cute guy is more of an extrovert than I am. I'm thinking this means we may balance each other out. Good teams are made of extroverts and introverts as can be seen in this brilliant RSA short: 


They're talking about work teams but I think it would apply to any kind of team. I'm also amused/pleased that they chose to use a dog/cat to illustrate extroverts/introverts.

Do you know which way you would lean? Are you comfortable with that? It's taken me awhile but I think I've reached a point where I'm fine with the fact that I may need more physical and mental space than others to maintain my balance. 

peace,
Ren

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