Inscrutable as a Puppy Dog

I ran across this rather old piece about introverts. I find it terribly amusing, even though I'm one of the group getting burned. Jonathan Rauch, the author, says, "Extroverts are energized by people, and wilt or fade when alone. Leave an extrovert alone for two minutes and he will reach for his cell phone." :-o Guilty as charged. More:

Extroverts are easy for introverts to understand, because extroverts spend so much of their time working out who they are in voluble, and frequently inescapable, interaction with other people. They are as inscrutable as puppy dogs. But the street does not run both ways. Extroverts have little or no grasp of introversion. They assume that company, especially their own, is always welcome. They cannot imagine why someone would need to be alone; indeed, they often take umbrage at the suggestion. As often as I have tried to explain the matter to extroverts, I have never sensed that any of them really understood. They listen for a moment and then go back to barking and yipping.

Oh, come ON. Introverts haven't cornered the market on complexity. I won't pretend to have figured out introverts, but extroverts aren't always what they tell you, either. I may be an open book, but a lot of inward drafting, review, and revision occurs before I go to press, heh.

Via a subsidiary of This Woman's Work.


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Yeah, I've always had issues

Yeah, I've always had issues with the intro/extrovert division. Yes, I like to talk, and do, and generally get along with strangers, but it's on a very superficial level. I've very close-mouthed about deep personal feelings with all but a couple of people. (Yes, this is ironic, given some of my past blog posts.) And cold-calling strangers on the phone for anything more than hours and directions scares me, quite literally.

I'm also generally comfortable being alone much of the time, and living in close proximity with people can drive me nuts, yet I also like knowing that other people are nearby. Crowds make me nervous, but I don't mind public speaking.

In short, I don't know whether I'm an extroverted introvert, or an introverted extrovert, which shows how silly the divisions are. :P


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This whole introvert/extrovert thing is playing out in my life right now. I've always been in the sort of situation where it didn't matter what you were, you just had to get along. People in the corporations or in law firms out to make money don't give a flying donkey (by and large, not definitively), they pay you good money, you do your good job, and that's it. Now suddenly, I'm in academic arena with my GA, and people want to utilize me to my potential and therefore, think about personality, and suddenly (well not suddenly), the people in my house grow older, and the extroverted one is falling under more scrutiny with each day that passes.

Extroverts are definitely not less complicated. Better end my Myers-Briggs analysis there since that's all I got. ;) btw, I have begun two blogs at typepad and abandoned them. I guess when it's time, I'll go.

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