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    Default True Confession: Life as an Introvert

    True Confession: Life as an Introvert



    Here痴 a quick confession. I致e told readers before that I知 an introvert. That痴 not the confession. I致e learned lots of pastors are introverted.

    In fact, I can appear fairly extroverted at times.

    When I have a definite purpose and responsibility, I can be the most extroverted person in the room. On Sunday, for example, I work the crowd, shake tons of hands, and talk non-stop. It痴 hard for people to believe I知 really an introvert. I go home exhausted on Sunday and need hours to recuperate. When I知 speaking at a conference, I work the room well.

    Unfortunately, my introverted personality kicks in when I知 simply attending a gathering, especially with people I may not know.

    Here痴 the confession:

    I致e missed a few social gatherings due to my introversion.

    Not only thatit gets worse

    There have been times, if attendance is optional, and Cheryl isn稚 with me, I致e intended to go to a social gathering, driven to the event, pulled into the parking lot, sat in my car for a few minutes, decided to drive around a little while, never went inand missed the party completely. I skipped the fun, the opportunity to connect, and only left disappointed in myself.

    Don稚 misunderstand. I love people. I love meeting new people. I知 always glad when I go. I simply can稚 push through the introversion sometimes.

    This time of year, it痴 easy for me to allow my introversion to keep me from enjoying the season.

    Here痴 my advice

    This is to me and anyone else who will admit to being this introverted:

    Push through the introversion. Put your party hat on and do the social gathering. You値l be glad once you did. I always am.


    Source: http://www.ronedmondson.com/2011/12/...introvert.html

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    Default How an Introvert Handles Awkward Situations

    How an Introvert Handles Awkward Situations



    One thing middle age has done for me is make me more aware of who I really am and how I respond to life. I can wish I was wired differently, I can somewhat adapt my personality to my environment, and I can稚 use my personality as an excuse for bad behavior, but I am coming to terms with how God made me. He made me an Introvert. In recent years I have come to terms with how the public side of me behaves in an extremely extroverted world. On Sundays, because I know and love our people and have a Kingdom mindset, I知 the extroverted pastor, but as my Myers Briggs indicates, I知 actually a preferred Introvert. (BTW, it amazes me how many pastors I know who are Introverts.)

    To most Extroverts entering a crowded room of unknown people is not an awkward setting, but to someone wired like me, entering that same room, when not purposefully 努orking, forces me into my introverted shell.

    Here痴 how I tend to respond when I enter a room full of people I don稚 know:

    • I find something to occupy my time Play with my phone, doodle on paper, read my Kindle (you wonder why I carry this stuff)
    • I pretend I don稚 see peopleoften I don稚but I知 likely to pretend just in case.
    • I hide in the lobby until the last possible moment
    • I find someone I do know and latch on to them
    • I secretly hope some likable Extrovert will approach me and break the ice (Really, it痴 not that I don稚 want to talk, it痴 just starting the conversation that痴 often difficult.)

    The fact that an Introvert is in crowds of people does not mean he or she is comfortable beginning conversations. It also doesn稚 mean the Introvert has no care or concern for the people in the room or that he or she doesn稚 like being around people. It doesn稚 even mean the Introvert has nothing to say, although he or she would probably prefer not to be put on the spot to say it. It痴 that an Introvert痴 preferred interaction with people is often more of listening than it is of talking and more one-to-one than speaking in large groups at the same time. For some reason, that I don稚 understand, an Introvert can speak to a large crowd (the larger the better), but when it comes to having group conversation, an Introvert is more likely to feel awkward. (Hopefully some other Introverts will help me out with this post.)


    Source: http://www.ronedmondson.com/2010/03/...ituations.html

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    I feel just like you. I feel harassed by extroverts. It is not that I don't like you all, I just find it a chore to coming up with stupid senseless chit chat all the time. I rather be left alone in a quite place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arcticwolf View Post
    I'm introvert big time, I think most people who frequent sites on the net are. Extroverts are annoying as hell.

    Your mother thought so too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazimiera View Post
    Haha that favourite punctuation thing is, entirely, correct, indeed.

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    I'm just weird. Interacting with people can be like going to the gym. You don't feel like doing it, but once you're there, it can be a lotta fun and make you feel better. I have a great appreciation for both aspects of life. I enjoy spending time with friends and family. But they also know I crave metime too. I need the balance of both. Because I realize that people can be so tiresome, but people can also save your life.

    But I don't like meaningless small talk either.
    In fact, that's why I hate cellphones so much. It's a cheap and tawdry replacement for real life face to face interaction with people. My friends can't understand why I'd rather write them letters or why I don't call as often. I can't tell them that hearing their voices but not being able to be with them actually makes me sad. Because I don't want to talk to you over the phone or text you. I wanna see your face and laugh with you until my stomach hurts and my cheeks hurt. Or hang out and figure the mysteries of the world over dinner and drinks...

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    21 Things Introverts Love

    1. A long stretch of weekend time with no official plans.





    2. When parties are canceled.



    3. Hanging out all day with only your pet.



    4. The relief you feel when you don’t have any plans after work.

    (Ha! funny)

    5. When you can email or IM a company for customer service instead of calling.



    6. Going to the beach by yourself.



    7. Ignoring your phone for awhile. ( I don't have a phone to ignore)



    8. …but pretending to text during awkward alone moments at parties. ( Is that what I see everyone doing while I'm out and about? )



    9. When your school project isn’t a group one.

    (lol)

    10. Having the hobbies and bedtime of a senior citizen. (lmao)



    11. Shopping alone. (is the best)



    12. Having a quiet drink at home with your partner instead of going to a loud bar.



    13. Driving solo for long periods of time.



    14. Recharging after a long stretch of socializing.


    15. Wishing you could actually say this to everyone.

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    16. Turning down annoying invitations.





    17. Actively avoiding icebreaker games, because they’re the WORST.



    18. Meeting someone else who hates small talk.



    19. Writing.



    20. Cherishing your small group of close friends, as opposed to trying to maintain a huge circle of acquaintances.




    21. Being patient with your own thoughts.


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