Saturday, May 11, 2013

Revisiting Introversion

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A few months ago, I posted about introverts and extroverts, primarily busting myths about introverts being antisocial, people-haters (yes, I've been accused of that by the ignorant because I'm not a party animal). In case you missed that post, you can read it at:

God Made Me An Introvert

In one of the responses I left to a comment that post received, I noted that people can be introvert, extrovert, or anywhere in between the two extremes. I just read a fabulous blog post that talks about "ambiverts" - those who are actually a true blend of introvert and extrovert.  I just have to share it because the author, Kristen Lamb, did such a wonderful job of explaining about these "blended" folks as well as further illustrating the vast differences between true introverts and true extroverts and why the world needs both and everything in between.

The Myth About Introverts and Extroverts - Could You Be An Ambivert?

And if you have time, read through all the vast comments she received in response to her post.  People all along the spectrum responded, and the comments are great!


  1. I didn't read the post link included, but I thought it was funny that you should post this this weekend because I am reading a book called "The Introvert Advantage" right now.

    I am a mega-introvert (if you look at a scale with introvert on the left and extrovert on the right, I score to the extreme left) and sometimes I just need to read articles and books on introversion to help remind me that I can cope. Because sometimes, you feel worn down to the bone by this mostly extroverted world.

    There are few breaks and re-charging times for an introvert living in a hectic world. Some days, it just gets me down. Not that I'm unhappy being an introvert--I love it. But I grow seriously tired of the mostly extroverted world, even though I understand we need both types.

    1. I know what you mean. This world really is geared toward extroverts, and they tend to expect everyone else to be like them, react like them, think like them. We can't. The introvert brain just doesn't work the same way as the extrovert brain, particularly when you're talking about people at the far ends of the spectrum. Some of them are getting it though - understanding that we really are hardwired different and we ARE necessary for a healthy society. Both extremes, and everything in between are so important in their own ways. God made us all different for a reason. ;-)