Many people, most in fact, have a misconception of what that is, as did I.
I think that the definition of the word introvert has changed over the years, due to more study on the personality traits, types, and temperaments of people.
Introvert, Dear posted a really nice article → Introvert, Dear – This is for all the quiet ones. if you care to read in depth on this misconception.
Here is the quick definition from that article;
“The definition of an introvert is someone who prefers calm, minimally stimulating environments. Introverts tend to feel drained after socializing and regain their energy by spending time alone. This is largely because introverts’ brains respond to dopamine differently than extroverts’ brains. In other words, if you’re an introvert, you were likely born that way.”
→In this post, I spoke about spending a lot of time alone.
That was never really a problem until I started school, and was “required” to work and play well with others.
As I grew through the elementary school years, and on into the upper grades, this became a real problem.
My lack of social skills, and inappropriate responses to others, either drove them away, or caused them to bully me.
Unfortunately, the second thing, bullying, was the one most of them chose.
Here is a post from 9.5.2011 that describes my life at that time. →Sticks and Stones.
With this “Cycle” that followed through to my adulthood, I was the one deemed “Trouble”.
I was the one who would have to learn to deal with it, or watch it repeated in my children.
I spent many years as a new mom, attending church.
Church where I perceived all the “Perfect” little moms, and their “Perfect” little families, all seated in “Perfect” little rows.
While I sat “Perfectly” alone in the pew with my children. (I had no idea that those peoples little lives were just as “Perfect” as mine was!)
Contrary to what you might think, although I did feel lonely at times, and although there were difficult days, being wired as an introvert, it was not difficult for me to keep going.
This led me to my own private search for the truth about myself.
What I learned here over the course of several years, was that it all began with God;
The One who created me.
The One who loved me.
The One who was watching over me, even when I could not see Him.
That time was used to learn just what the Word of God said; about me, about God, about my past; and about my future!
God provided me with a little gem, a little jewel.
This treasure was a little book, that started me on a new path of thinking.
A beauty of a book called →Thin Places – a memoir by Mary E. DeMuth
She helped me to see and discover the ways that God was with me for my entire life.
He was aware of my “Trauma and drama”, and He wanted to use it for good.
He even wanted to use my “Trouble” to help others through the fogginess of their past.
Her words, mixed with His, flowed over me like warm honey, and soothed my soul.
This book was the first in a line of books that I “Discovered”, that changed the way I viewed myself. (A list follows)
These books caused me to understand how I am wired, and why it was vitally important that I stop longing to be like someone else.
Once I found out HOW I was wired, then I could determine what was really normal for me, and then I could begin to appreciate who I really was.
If you click on any of the links below, you will be taken to a post on my blog, posted especially for that book.
- →Thin Places – a memoir by Mary E. DeMuth
- →Captivating by John & Stasi Eldredge
- →One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
- →The Asperkid’s -Secret – Book of Social Rules by Jennifer Cook O’Toole
- →Quiet – The Power of Introverts in a World That can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
- →Finding Spiritual Whitespace – Awakening Your Soul to Rest by Bonnie Gray
- →The Ultimate Journey – Phase 1
This list is long, and seems impending.
Understand that I began this excavation of my life a long time ago.
Everyone has their own speed, but if you are serious about figuring yourself out, and making the most of your life story – it’s a really good place to begin.
Next time I’ll be talking about the Little girl. 6 weeks – 6 months.
I hope you’ll be able to join me.
Until then …