It’s Not A Choice Or A Lifestyle, It’s An Orientation

My darling Nyte brought my attention to an article called Caring For Your Introvert. You need to read it, whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert.

Go ahead. I’ll wait.

… … …

Done? Great. Here is my analysis.

IT IS ALL TRUE. Every last dang-blasted word of it.

This part in particular rang true for me: “We tend to think before talking, whereas extroverts tend to think by talking, which is why their meetings never last less than six hours. “Introverts,” writes a perceptive fellow named Thomas P. Crouser, in an online review of a recent book called Why Should Extroverts Make All the Money? (I’m not making that up, either), “are driven to distraction by the semi-internal dialogue extroverts tend to conduct. Introverts don’t outwardly complain, instead roll their eyes and silently curse the darkness.” Just so.”

It’s not that I don’t like to socialize. I love to socialize – some of the time. I also love to socialize quietly, letting other people converse while I nod and smile, adding witticisms now and then so they know I’m listening. That’s what I love about knitting, too; while I’m sitting there listening, I can be working with my hands and all the extroverts assume I’m too busy to talk and knit at the same time. I’m not too busy; I’m quite able to multi-task, but there are some extroverts (not all of them, mind) who can’t accept the fact that I have nothing important to say just now. I might in a few minutes, if they would give me a moment to collect my thoughts, but alas…they have already launched into a play-by-play of their afternoon to fill the blessed silence.

Sigh.

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About crankyfacedknitter

We are a motley collection of cats, cranks, nerds, geeks, hobbyists, humorists, writers, caffeine addicts and one knitter. We have many offspring, but admittedly, most of them are imaginary.
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