This is a picture of my two boy cats attempting to illustrate one of the positions in the Kama Sutra, which is really creepy as they are brothers.
Introvert. It's a word that gets thrown about a lot. As my friend Kim says, "They think it means we're shy. HA!" But we know better. Apparently, about 25% of people are introverts.
To me it means a couple of things. One is about how i process life events. If i am hurt or upset, i need to think about it for a while before i can talk about the problem. I am not one of those people who calls up a friend after having a fight with the Mister to talk. I need to figure it all out and reduce the hurt level first. I don't like to talk about a book or movie that has moved me. I need to keep it close for awhile and polish the memory. The Mister is an extrovert and likes to walk out of the theater and start discussing the movie immediately. I have learned to be better about this, for his sake, but sometimes i can't.
The other thing it means to me is the energy it takes to interact with people. I love having people around, but after some amount of time, i need down time. As they say, stick a fork in me, i am done. When we have people over, and they make going home noises, i am good with that, especially if it's late. The Mister just keeps on talking, often following them out to the car. This drives me crazy.
It doesn't mean i am not social. I used to manage a group at work, and that required lots of meetings and talking, and sometimes giving presentations. I was pretty good at it. I got to be a bit of a ham during presentations, and i got lots of positive feedback on the evaluation forms. It was fun.
But i am still an introvert. I have lots of alone time, but i am seldom lonely. Many, many years ago, in high school, someone called me "morbidly introspective". As a teenager, that was cetainly true, now i am perhaps only "slightly morbidly introspective".
Many of you have indentified yourselves as introverts too, What does that mean to you?