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Introversion Tue, May 26, 2009
Kottke linked to some stuff about introverted people, including my favorite, "Caring for Your Introvert," which makes it sound like caring for a pet, or more accurately, a pet rock.  This section stands out: 
Extroverts are energized by people, and wilt or fade when alone. They often seem bored by themselves, in both senses of the expression. Leave an extrovert alone for two minutes and he will reach for his cell phone. In contrast, after an hour or two of being socially "on," we introverts need to turn off and recharge. My own formula is roughly two hours alone for every hour of socializing. This isn't antisocial. It isn't a sign of depression. It does not call for medication. For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating.
As a card-carrying introvert, I couldn't agree more.  It may seem weird that I married a card-carrying extrovert, but upon introvertedly thinking about it some more, I've determined that it's almost like a survival technique.  I use Wendy sort of like a shield to protect my introvertedness.  She talks to people, answers questions, and tells stories while I stand around and pretend to be sociable, all the while silently analyzing the situation and people involved, and planning my eventual escape. #psychology


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