Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Finally - introvert/extrovert finale

Ok, life has settled down enough for me to get back to a little fun. 
A while ago, I did a 'pre-blog', on how we thought our gang here fit in the extrovert/introvert scheme of things. 
The book is called "Quiet - the power of Introverts in a World that can't stop talking".
I thought it would help me with insight into my hubby who is an introvert, as well as a couple other people I know. I have never been, nor have I considered myself to be an introvert, but after getting 1/2 way thru the book so far, am realizing, that I AM an introvert! Hmm, interesting!

One section early on caught me - "introverts are more likely than extroverts to express intimate facts about themselves online that their family and friends would be surprised to read, to say that they can express the 'real me' online......   They welcome the chance to communicate digitally. The same person who would never raise his hand in a lecture hall of 200 people might blog to 2000, or 2 million, without thinking twice. "  Hmmm, interesting.

A bit later on they write of a study done on a group of 4 month old babies, with the theory that the study founder thought he could peg which ones would grow up to be which way. His study actually turned out pretty precise. The basis, in a nutshell is determining the degree of reactivity, which determines where we end up. The babies that reacted strongly were the ones that ended up more introverted, too much stimulation shuts them down. The babies that had little reaction ( like to a balloon popping, sudden noises, etc), could withstand more stimulation and weren't fazed by it, and ended up being the extroverted group. 

I have started to understand why I much prefer to do things in a quieter setting, my thought process definitely shuts down when too much external noise is going on, whereas extroverts thrive with commotion around. 

I never thought myself to be an 'inny' but, wow, it makes me make more sense! 

So, with this new little tidbit of insight, how do you see yourself and did it change at all?


lizardmom said...

hubby seemed just as surprised by my joining him in the "in" crowd, glad I wasn't the only one it surprised :)

drewzepmeister said...

Definitely, still an introvert. For many reasons. One, I prefer the solitude than hanging with a large group of people. It's not that I don't like people, I'm much more comfortable staying in the background than in the spotlight. However, if you get me alone, I can talk your ear off. Two, I tend to be a deep thinker, concentrating on my own thoughts. That can be a blessing as well as a curse.

OrbsCorbs said...

By those standards, I'm an introvert, too. I'll gladly tell anyone intimate details about my life.

legal stranger said...

Categorizing ins/exts is like asking if there is such thing as a good nazi. Even a turtle has to stick its head out of the shell to go somewhere. I prefer solitude to people, I spend months fishing in Alaska and weeks fishing in Door county and the U.P., I don't engage twitter or facebook. I do engage wrong whenever it reveals itself. Other than that, I live by the golden rules and lead a good, quiet and peaceful life. No secrets revealed online because there are no secrets to be told.
As Popeye said , I am what I am, and that's what I am.
The two sites I frequent are JTI and Racine Uncovered, I thank Orbs for putting me onto these two sites. rootriverrevitalization could use a little more exposure as could KansasvilleHerald.com
That's all folks !

OrbsCorbs said...

KansasvilleHerald.com is now in the blog list on the sidebar. Root River Revitalization has been there for some time.

I thank you, legal stranger, for your moral compass. It's an honor to know you.

jedwis said...

I'm neither...I'm just an idiot.