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29-08-2015, 08:07 PM
RE: Introverts
Yup, another introvert here. I worked in Aerospace for decades, many times at remote sites. I did not join in on the conversations about that show that people end up being famous after, because they can sing, for instance. I don't even know the name of the show. There's another show about getting voted off the island. These people spent HOURS talking about all the nuances of those shows (on company time, and the tax-payer's dollars. That trivia has no relevance in my life, and I didn't like having to hear it. I watch practically NO TV, it's mouse potato for me, instead. That stuff is just a distraction and an annoyance, and a ton of angst that I don't need. One of my co-workers organized an activity at one of our deployments, and volunteered us all to work on it. I told her that I wouldn't hang out with her if we were at work and vice-versa, so why would I do it there? She told me that I shouldn't isolate myself. Some people just don't get it.
I copied and pasted the results from the link I found elsewhere here, since I am not going to pay the $29 they are asking for, now. I did this for free many years ago, and the results appear to be the same.

You love ideas, theories, and complex concepts
You analyze things logically and objectively
You are independent, unconventional, and do not care what others think
You think like a scientist and question everything
You have little patience for people who are intellectually inferior

Given that I have a BSc in Physics, these results aren't all that surprising. That last item is verbatim from the test; I personally don't mind dealing with people who are mentally "inferior"- that is a pretty harsh way to say it. True, I don't suffer fools gladly, but I don't have a grudge on people who are not as smart as average. Half the world is less than average, ya just gotta deal with it and move on.

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30-08-2015, 06:22 PM
RE: Introverts
I am fortunate that I am self employed and work from home. I don't have to see anyone unless I choose to. I am often called aloof by people who really don't know me, but when they do get to know me they can't believe they once had that opinion. I am very popular with my friends; they consider me one of the most friendly, trustworthy and generous person they know, and yet I rarely answer my mobile phone when they call me. It can take me days to call them back and I know they get really frustrated by this, but I just can't change. My friends and I get together once or twice a month, and that's enough for me. We have great times and I can be the life and soul, but small talk doesn't come easy to me so can go through long quiet periods just watching the others. My friends do sometimes show concern for me because of my perceived isolation and find it hard to understand that I like my life this way.

I haven't checked my phone for a few days so please excuse me. We introverts are an odd bunch :-)

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30-08-2015, 07:10 PM
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I like social contact, but I have a streak of introversion large enough that I'm not only happy without company, but I will actively tell folks, "I need 'me' time".

I think a lot of people never manage to understand the difference between loneliness and solitude. Even inside a tight relationship, I need time to wool-gather, to look inside and process my own feelings.

I'm socially adept; I managed businesses for years, and I had to learn how to present to people, and in that sense, I do have a divide inside me -- outgoing and still inward-looking. But when I sleep, I sleep alone; when I think, I think alone; when I have feelings, I have no expectation that others will understand them.

Ever since childhood, I could partake of society without being a part of it, and that is a comfortable place for me, emotionally.
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30-08-2015, 07:31 PM
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(30-08-2015 07:10 PM)Thumpalumpacus Wrote:  I like social contact, but I have a streak of introversion large enough that I'm not only happy without company, but I will actively tell folks, "I need 'me' time".

I think a lot of people never manage to understand the difference between loneliness and solitude. Even inside a tight relationship, I need time to wool-gather, to look inside and process my own feelings.

I'm socially adept; I managed businesses for years, and I had to learn how to present to people, and in that sense, I do have a divide inside me -- outgoing and still inward-looking. But when I sleep, I sleep alone; when I think, I think alone; when I have feelings, I have no expectation that others will understand them.

Ever since childhood, I could partake of society without being a part of it, and that is a comfortable place for me, emotionally.

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02-09-2015, 05:58 AM (This post was last modified: 02-09-2015 12:29 PM by Loom.)
RE: Introverts
Extreme introvert here. I don't mind being around people. I work as a cashier in retail atm, so I get to see all sorts of people every day. I can deal with that. I actually enjoy it.

But once my shift is up, or my break time begins, it's recharge time. I don't want to interact with anyone if I can help it.

I don't gossip like most girls my age think they have to. I don't 'hang out.' I don't even like texting.

And people think I'm some sort of social alien >.>

But I don't mind. So many people have the wrongest idea about introverts, and there's only so much explaining you can do before most people start giving you that thousand yard stare, then continue to assume you're just anti-social.

Or that they can 'cure' you. Currently dealing with a friend who thinks he can 'fix' my introvertedness. He's the kind of guy who NEEDS social interaction, and now that all of his friends have gone off to college, he's left with poor me.

He's gotten me in trouble at work because he'll come over and hang out *cough* loiter *cough* for hours trying to get me to talk, or inviting me to hang out, despite my insistance that I don't enjoy it and that he needs to leave. I'm too nice to call someone over to escort him out, but he needs to get the idea.

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02-09-2015, 07:15 AM
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INTJ according to that personality test. Also I tend to be shy.

In school I was so quiet that sometimes I got marked absent by a teacher even when I had attended school that day.

Yet pretty much every job I've ever had as an adult involves me getting up in front of people and performing or speaking, plus spending hours a day interacting one-on-one with students. My work is well suited to an introvert: I get plenty of contact with other people, but the parameters are well defined, so it's not draining. Still need my alone time, though, and it takes me a while to feel comfortable in many social situations.
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02-09-2015, 09:56 PM
RE: Introverts
(02-09-2015 07:15 AM)julep Wrote:  Yet pretty much every job I've ever had as an adult involves me getting up in front of people and performing or speaking, plus spending hours a day interacting one-on-one with students.

Y'know, I hadn't thought about it in the context of this thread, but for years, I gigged in clubs in SoCal, mostly as a sideman, but sometimes as a frontman, and to me, being onstage is actually a pretty comfortable place. Don't get me wrong, I still get butterflies, and expect that will never change, but I can make make a crowd comfortable with what's going on without feeling like I'm stepping outside myself.

It's odd, the juxtapositions we often find even deep inside ourselves.
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02-09-2015, 11:01 PM
RE: Introverts
I think I'm right down the middle. There are times that I am a total extrovert: I love the city, love going to parties, being out doing things, meeting new people, making new friends...but then there are other times when I just want to escape all of that and go hiking in the middle of the woods with my dogs.
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03-09-2015, 12:13 AM
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(02-09-2015 11:01 PM)jennybee Wrote:  I think I'm right down the middle. There are times that I am a total extrovert: I love the city, love going to parties, being out doing things, meeting new people, making new friends...but then there are other times when I just want to escape all of that and go hiking in the middle of the woods with my dogs.

I'm mildly extroverted but shy. I walk the line on the Myers Briggs test. I usually test ESTP, but not strongly. I'll sometimes test INTP. Guess it's my mood when I take the test.

I tried to get my coworker to dance with me at the pub the other night. Damn introverts. So difficult to get you out on the dance floor.

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03-09-2015, 12:23 AM
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(03-09-2015 12:13 AM)Nurse Wrote:  
(02-09-2015 11:01 PM)jennybee Wrote:  I think I'm right down the middle. There are times that I am a total extrovert: I love the city, love going to parties, being out doing things, meeting new people, making new friends...but then there are other times when I just want to escape all of that and go hiking in the middle of the woods with my dogs.

I'm mildly extroverted but shy. I walk the line on the Myers Briggs test. I usually test ESTP, but not strongly. I'll sometimes test INTP. Guess it's my mood when I take the test.

I tried to get my coworker to dance with me at the pub the other night. Damn introverts. So difficult to get you out on the dance floor.

I would definitely be out on the floor dancing! Smile

I can be very talkative and outgoing and am kind of a social butterfly--but then I also like my alone time. And because I can be very extreme in both directions, when I am more introverted and want to go off hiking with just my dogs, people always ask me what's wrong. It can get annoying sometimes because nothing is wrong--I just need to recharge my batteries.
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