This seemed to me like an appropriate photo for this post. Just me, my husband behind the camera, and the sheep of Napa Valley.
As a true introvert, I don't particularly like being at the center of attention. I've always been this way and I don't expect that I will ever change in this regard. But what I do like is all of the media attention being given to introverts as a whole. A few weeks ago, I watched this wise and refreshing TED talk on introversion, and just yesterday I stumbled upon an article that lists 23 signs that you're indeed an introvert. I highly recommend checking them both out--if you consider yourself an introvert I can assure you that they'll resonate with you--and I have to say that it's great to see this ongoing effort to make introversion better understood.
After reading the article yesterday, I was amazed at how many of the 23 "signs" were true for me. It was almost uncanny! Here are some that are spot-on.
Networking makes you feel like a phony.
I'm terrible at marketing myself, and the idea of "using my connections" for personal gain makes me uncomfortable. I know it's the way of the world, but I can't shake the feeling that it's cheating, somehow.
Downtime doesn't feel unproductive to you.
I often feel most stimulated and creative and at peace when I'm reading a book and drinking a cup of tea. I feel very engaged and mindful during these times.
You start to shut down after you've been active for too long.
Absolutely. After a lot of chatting/socializing/mingling, I certainly begin to feel the need to escape for some quiet time. I also really appreciate coming home after a vacation--I thrive on my simple, quiet routines.
You're in a relationship with an extrovert.
One of the things I love about my husband is that we balance each other out. He's actually become more introverted as the years go on, but he's always been very comfortable and relaxed and lively around groups of people.
You'd rather be an expert at one thing than try to do everything.
My introverted Dad taught me this one. He always told us that it's better to excel at one thing than to be mediocre at a lot of things. Thanks Dad--that advice has served me well.
You have a constantly running inner monologue.
Oh yes. I've written about my overactive, over-thinking mind before.
You've been called an "old soul"--since your 20s.
A jigsaw puzzle with my husband on a Saturday evening is my idea of perfect.
You're a writer.
Need I elaborate?
What about you? Are you extroverted, introverted, or a perfect mix of the two? I'd love to hear about what makes you tick.