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On The Merits Of Being An Introvert

31 Jan 2012

On The Merits Of Being An Introvert

Hi guys, this is going to be the first official blog entry posted from my new computer. I’m sure you’re just as excited about the potential doors this could open as I am. Imagine that — now I’ll be able to rip a CD if I think there’s a song you need to hear! Or burn a CD for myself! Yes, yes, we’re all anxiously awaiting the first time I test out what is sure to be a functional CD-rw drive. In case you’re wondering how it feels to be blogging on this new computer, I’ll let you know: it’s almost identical to the old computer, but the screen is .4″ larger. What’ll those crazy computer companies think of next!?

Here’s an exciting news bit, as published by Time Magazine (it’s still going!). According to researchers, people who are introverted both happier then they appear, and have the potential to achieve more success than extroverts. This is good news. I like to think of myself as someone who is personable, social and gregarious…but more often than not I prefer — and long for — a life of quiet solitude. If I had my way I’d keep to myself more. I think my living situation and the city I live in both require me to come out of my shell more than I’d like. As much as I go out on the town, party, and like to meet new people…I enjoy my alone time, taking solo mystery drives or exploring on my own. Using the definition of introversion as put forth by Time, I can definitely be included in the 30% of that population. According to author Jeffrey Kluger, “They just find too much socializing exhausting and would prefer either to be alone or in the company of a select few people.” Yup. That’s me.

Do I prefer the quiet bar to the loud one? Absolutely. Would I rather watch the Super Bowl with a close group of friends or a house full of rabid fans? Yes. By the way that has nothing to do with my confidence in the Giants. In fact, I hope if there are going to be 50 people in my house on Sunday — and I’m the only Giants fan there — I can be the one smiling face at the end of the game. But after the game ends, when the adrenaline rush has subsided, I’m still going to feel uncomfortable and on-edge until all our guests have gone home. I can’t relax in situations where there’s constant stimulus. I don’t enjoy, as the article says, the overloading of my neural circuits.

The good news for me is that I might be rich and successful someday. The new book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking posits, “[the] same taste for solitude can bring with it an ability to focus for long periods of time that is necessary to becoming a great musician or scientist or businessperson.” Because introverts are more likely to listen closely and assess risks carefully, they make for good managers. Plenty of rich tech guys are also the retiring type. I’m in good company. Now I just have to use my alone time to conjure that one idea which is going to help me strike it rich.

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In a related Time story, they’ve posted their list of  30 Must-See Tumblr Blogs. To absolutely no one’s surprise, Mekong Delta Blues (aka Mekong Delta Screw Yous, Mekong Delta Bruises, Mekong Delta Snoozes) didn’t make the cut. To be fair I haven’t updated the page in almost a month. Even so, my silly little poetry/photography website that’s a total rip-off of Dave Pajo’s “Pink Hollers” deserves at least a tiny bit of recognition. If only for being a master class in assonance. Eh, so I’m a one-trick poet. Better to be good at one thing than terrible at many things. Of course I’m also terrible at many things, most notably dancing, listening when others speak, and math.

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