Saturday, November 6, 2010
As I browsed through my daily blog entries on Google reader I came across a link to a fabulous article about introverts which I can really recommend. As an introvert, which the author of the article also is, I really identified with his analysis. I've had so many well-meaning friends (extroverts for sure) who are convinced that I'd be better off if I just "got out more." They don't seem to understand that no matter how nice the people are, just being with people drains energy right out of me. I believe the author said that a couple hours was his maximum level of comfort and certainly for me, 1-2 hours at a time is all I can handle also. When the fact that I'm an introvert gets factored into the situation where I also have low energy levels because of my Hashimoto's Auto-Immune Thyroid Disorder, it is easy to see why I have difficulty managing my schedule which seems very full to me, but in reality would seem empty to my extrovert friends. Again, it all becomes a balancing act. As much as I enjoy tutoring, I have to keep a strict watch on my commitments so that I don't overdo. According to the article, introverts are more apt to understand extroverts than the other way around, but what I've found personally as an introvert is that until recently when I began to understand what it means to be an introvert, I always assumed that somehow there was something wrong with me. But as the author says so clearly, "First, recognize that it's not a choice. It's not a lifestyle. It's an orientation." Just as being gay in not a choice, so is being an introvert, and both, along with other individual traits, etc. are just fine, thank you kindly.