I am an introvert. There, I said it. I say it almost apologetically because we are maligned in this extrovert’s world. I don’t say that with malice, it’s just that we are misunderstood. We are misunderstood mostly because we are standing over there ======>>>>> alone.
You see, I like living in my own head. It’s comfy there and I’ve decorated it to match my personality. Extroverts don’t understand this. Extroverts like parties. I do not do well at parties. For example:
When I can’t avoid going to a party I am much more likely to be playing with the dog than talking to the people.
Sometimes I seek the dog out so I can extricate myself from a conversation.
When I’m trying to extricate myself from a conversation I don’t make eye contact, except with the dog, and that makes me seem aloof.
If I succeed in extricating myself from a conversation I seem aloof.
Failing to extricate myself from a conversation makes me want to run screaming from the room.
When I refrain from running screaming from the room and try to tough it out as best I can, I sometimes seem aloof.
Oh geez, do I always seem aloof?
Maybe I should go somewhere else and seem aloof.
I could go over there ===> and seem aloof…by myself.
I start to feel self-conscious because others think I’m aloof…when I’m not.
I still want to run screaming from the room but I’ve found that it garners more attention. And we all know I don’t want that! Someone might want to comment on it and then I’m back to trying to extricate myself from a conversation.
And then the process repeats until…to be honest I don’t know when it will stop repeating. I think I’m doomed to a life of seeming aloof while talking to the dog trying to extricate myself from a conversation so I can avoid running screaming from the room. I’m on the hampster wheel of introversion and the party people are keeping me from escaping the cage. All of this so we can engage in more *shudder* small talk.
Well, that train of thought certainly took on a life of its own, didn’t it?
A fair number of bloggers I’ve met here on WordPress consider themselves to be introverts. I thought it would be fun to hear about some introverted traits of others. We can compare notes. Give each other pointers and tips. Perhaps some suggestions for good running-screaming-from-the-room shoes.
So please chime in and comment on things you do, or how you live your life because you’re an introvert. If you happen to be an extrovert, you are not left out of this little inquiry. The extroverts can comment on introverted traits they have observed in others.
This is going to be fun!