Tuesday, April 15, 2008


History shows that the majority of people that have done anything great have passed their youth in seclusion.Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Contrary to what most people think, an introvert is not simply a person who is shy. In fact, being shy has little to do with being an introvert! Shyness has an element of apprehension, nervousness and anxiety, and while an introvert may also be shy, introversion itself is not shyness. Basically, an introvert is a person who is energized by being alone and whose energy is drained by being around other people.Introverts are more concerned with the inner world of the mind. They enjoy thinking, exploring their thoughts and feelings. They often avoid social situations because being around people drains their energy. This is true even if they have good social skills. After being with people for any length of time, such as at a party, they need time alone to "recharge."When introverts want to be alone, it is not, by itself, a sign of depression. It means that they either need to regain their energy from being around people or that they simply want the time to be with their own thoughts. Being with people, even people they like and are comfortable with, can prevent them from their desire to be quietly introspective.

Being introspective, though, does not mean that an introvert never has conversations. However, those conversations are generally about ideas and concepts, not about what they consider the trivial matters of social small talk.Introverts make up about 60% of the gifted population but only about 25-40% of the general population.Now I have to insert a disclaimer.I have been asked a couple of times about my being an introvert .And I am in a season in my life(past 3 years) where I have to say yes I am an introvert. Think David tending his fathers sheep or Moses in the backside of the desert.A seasonal introvert .Walking in the wilderness of my mind ,enjoying the concepts, ideas & waiting to hear that still soft voice.I firmly believe being alone has its advantages .When God created Adam he could have easily created a mob, instead He created one man(for a season Adam was alone with God) God then gave him a helper .Yes No man is an island but knowing yourself and your mind requires introspection that might drive you away from others.Extra ordinary people do extra ordinary things if you are an introvert like me ,you are in good company the Bible is strewn with Introverts who changed the world -Moses,David,Elijah,Paul

We were all created to do what we were created to do-Perfect for your task here on earth introvert and extrovert .God equipped you to accomplish his purpose

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