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Mar 19

An Introvert?!?

Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Jenn_MeI’m an introvert with an extrovert’s job.

I’m an introvert with an extrovert’s personality.

Most people who see me work, especially when I’m teaching, would have no idea I am an introvert. 1
– I’m loud
– I’m funny
– I’m dramatic
– I’m engaging
– I usually teach dialogically
– I pursue relationships with others

And, I’m an introvert.

As Susan Cain explains, “you need to understand what introversion is. It’s different from being shy. Shyness is about fear of social judgment. Introversion is more about, how do you respond to stimulation, including social stimulation. So extroverts really crave large amounts of stimulation, whereas introverts feel at their most alive and their most switched-on and their most capable when they’re in quieter, more low-key environments. Not all the time — these things aren’t absolute — but a lot of the time.” 2

Mysilentscream: (To myself) You confuse me!

1 – As reported by many people
2 – Susan Cain at TED.com
Note: That great smile filling the picture next to me is my friend Jenn. Hey Jenn!

Bring on the comments

  1. I struggle as an extrovert who loves people, and needs to process things outside my head. Mostly, because it requires others to help. So, I’m desperately learning that silence & solitude as not only difficult, but necessary. So, I need to process, I talk, I write, I push too far. I need to get back to writing.

    I love how you process, Scott. You balance your introversion and your outward tendencies. And, you’re complex, not confusing. 🙂

  2. Thanks Jul! I love how your insights make our lives better.
    Thanks for doing the hard work!

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