Good explanation. I didn't know that brain scans show that introverts generally show higher electrical activity -- showing higher arousal -- than that of extraverts. But that is consistent with what Susan Cain wrote in her book *Quiet*, about introverts being more sensitive to stimuli. :-)
Really enjoyed the reading. Awesome information.
A good read!
Whoa. I gotta go be alone for a while.
What a fantastic and personal piece of writing... I too felt that the course I was heading as a psych. student was one of a dead end. It was really really hard to change your life and realize that:
1. There are other directions in life.
2. You can chooe one without it shattering your whole image.
Great article for and about introverts
I really liked this article. I've been doing some reading on this topic lately, and found the actual brain differences between introverts and extroverts interesting. I am definitely an introvert!
This research fits in with the book and research done by Elaine Aaron called "Highly Sensitive People."
Ah, Psychology: the science of filing people into neat categories, since life is anything but.
But I digress: I do find this article intriguing, although I wish there was a bibliography: I'd like to know what survey exactly was referenced, although I may just be asking for more information.
In any case, this makes me interested: if half of the united states is introverted, then perhaps I should re-evaluate how much I expect extroversion in conversations. Also, I've been noticing that people want happiness without questioning "Why do we want happiness? Why not depression or despair?"
Algebraic0: There is verifiable physical data (FMRI, for example, which measures brain tissue activity) that demonstrates two very distinct patterns; furthermore, these patterns are strongly correlated with a variety of social and intellectual behaviors. It's about as arbitrary as "knows calculus" and "doesn't know calculus".
The differences between introverts and extraverts.
Another arbitrary delineation--introvert vs. extrovert--to divide people and sort them into neat categories.
This article really changed the way I viewed myself. Ever since reading this i've come to accept myself as an introvert
Definitely the best article about introversion I've stumbled upon... Actually has statistics and an informed opinion. Not just a little anecdote about the woes of being introverted, and none of that introverts v. extroverts business either.
...Also, I agree with so many of these comments, haha.
Don't you think this explains why people take so many depression pills nowadays. I mean, people think depression is a bad thing, even though it's a natural part of life, and an even more natural part of an introvert's life. However, people are naive, the media brainwashes them to think it's abnormal to be depressed (I swear i see at least 5 different depression pill ads on TV each time I watch an hourly episode.). This article helped point out a natural solution to depression : information.
Also, although this article brings a hint of pessimism, it brings insight on the idea of philosophy and why introverted philosophers such as Nietzsche and Schopenhauer had a very pessimistic view of life. Happiness was not what they wanted (watch how school and media degrade the view of Nietzsche because it's pessimistic) and they expressed it very clearly in their books and papers.
Anyways, what I'm saying is, don't get sucked in by everything everyone tells you. Be constructive about the information you process, even at school or the such.
P.S : (Just writing this conversation out makes me feel how introverted I really am. :P)
this really clears up alot for me-i already knew i was an introvert but this makes everything make sense.
everybody should read this article really. i think social interactions would go a whole lot smoother
Very insightful, detailed, and well-written. As an introvert myself, this is pretty much a dead-on description of introversion in American society. It is indeed very disheartening to be perceived as flawed or incompetent just because I find socialization exhausting and generally look inward for fulfillment and happiness.