Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Being A Shy Extrovert Living With An Introvert


I found this very interesting video over at Martha's blog, Plowing Through Life.
Martha readily admits that she is an introvert, and proudly so too.

This 7 minute video shows what each 'character' is and why it is not a bad thing to be either one or a mix of them both.

I found out that I am a 'shy extrovert'.
And that I live with an introvert (which I/we knew already).

What about you? Do you know where you fit in?


30 comments:

  1. Fascinating stuff. I guess I'd be more introverted as I like to think things through and find comfort in my alone time.
    With this knowledge, I can see why some people find it hard to take the time to breath and calm down. They feel they must act immediately and can't let things go. Just as how it is difficult to get some (like myself) to get worked up over silly details.

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    1. Do you think there are more introverts who blog than extroverts? Five out of five here so far! Interesting.....
      Some people can train themselves to pause or calm down....but most wait till there is a health issue to do so, I'm afraid.

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    2. Absolutely. I don't ever like to categorize people too much. But I think that there are many people that can't even take the time to read. Let alone think or write. Obviously there are multiple levels of both categories mentioned. Ideally, we would each have a balance of the two lifestyles.

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  2. I'm an Introvert and became more so after some life events. I do enjoy going out though and spending time with people, but i need my alone time. I think there are a lot of misconceptions out there about introversion and extroversion.

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    1. There sure are misconceptions about both. I agree with you that 'life' can move us more towards one or the other.

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  3. Thanks for the mention, Jim. I think the important thing to realize is that no matter what type of personality you have, it's all good. Diversity makes the world a better place.

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    1. We really liked your post Martha. We could all be more tolerant of each other's perceived quirks/personalities.

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  4. I'm definitely an introvert. Can't pinpoint my husband, although leaning toward extrovert. I guess we complement each other.

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    1. We compliment each other too. I wonder what would happen if two intros are together or two extros? I'm sure they are out there.

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  5. I'm a definite introvert and My Rare One is a definite extrovert. She's not shy in the least, either. Makes for some interesting relationship issues, LOL!

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    1. Not having met Your Rare One Debra, I just assumed you were leaning more towards the extrovert line...just a feeling based on absolutely nothing but your posts!
      I for one generally lose my shyness here in blogland.......probably because there is no 'face to face' involved.

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  6. I am firmly in the introvert arena. Perhaps more towards the center than to the side, but every key trait is on my list.

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    1. Interesting.....there are so many permutations and combinations that are possible.

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  7. Born at the summer solstice, on the cusp of Gemini/Cancer, I'm complicated, an extrovert/introvert. What can I say? Your header photo is absolutely GORGEOUS!

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    1. You sure are!! lol Being a Cancer myself and knowing a few Geminis, I can see what you are saying.......a little of this and a little of that unless....

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  8. Hello Jim,
    Thank you Jim and Martha, good video. I have always celebrated being a confident introvert, the shyness does overlap in me for sure. In my case I was a very tall child who always looked older, so was possibly over protected and never addressed the balance... My other half is definitely extrovert mixed with absolute calm. Lots of combinations as he said.
    Ivan

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    1. Hello Ivan, Martha made me do it!! lol
      A confident introvert, eh? Your posts do have a relaxed yet concise feeling about them. You must have a very calm and quiet home.

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  9. Good grief, I seem to be a mix with shyness. Maybe I'm not crazy after all...
    This was interesting, thanks, Jim! Have a good day!

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    1. You are welcome Sharon. No wonder you are such a good writer! You are a number of characters all in one!!!

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  10. I have to come back to this when I have time to really concentrate. I'm thinking I'm introvert and Gary is extrovert... but I'll need to look at this closer after while. Very interesting..

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    1. It's true then....opposite DO attract!

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  11. Hi Jim! Thanks for blogging on Martha's blog!
    I am introverted, although I am not shy about speaking up! If I'm passionate about something, it overcomes any shyness I have! Terry is even far more introverted than I am. Sometime I plan to do a post on Myers-Briggs and their personality profile. I am solidly an INFJ, and the E-P is solidly an ISTP! It makes for an interesting relationship. I can entertain myself endlessly!
    Have a good one!

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    1. Can you just imagine all the possibilities out there!! So Louise Terry probably sees you as an extrovert compared to him.

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  12. I never knew there were such negative perceptions attached to introverts or extroverts. David and I are a mix, with him leaning toward extrovert (but only in the good ways, lol) and me leaning toward introvert.

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    1. PS - I'm guessing Miss Sophie is an extrovert, lol.

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    2. Hey Terry, YES YES YES Sophie is an extrovert!! How could you tell?lol She is always right there in everybody's/dog's face telling them her life history!! We love her just the way she is.

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  13. i loved this little video. i have identified as an introvert for years, and yet i would never say that i am shy. i like the statement that introverts recharge by being alone--that is certainly true for me. after a while in a social scene i simply have to get out of there! personally, i would not change a thing--i love being an introvert!

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    1. I know about the necessary recharging! Even us extros (shy ones) need to do this on a regular basis. You know Tony, the more I have been thinking about it, I think I am somewhere in the middle of this pack. I don't mind asserting myself when I am pushed up against the proverbial wall and I love to be quiet and alone with nobody around. So....

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  14. I am shy AND an introvert...
    but my physical appearance and demeanor belies that.
    While not fake as it is an evolution of my being, tattoos and all,
    I am the kind of wallflower in a party, but one everyone remembers.
    I make an impression, apparently.
    Socially, I stick to my closest friends.
    At work, given the proper context, I'll take control
    and manage it the way I see best.
    But I generally prefer to be a gray entity,
    one that moves things around from behind the curtain,
    letting someone else taking the spotlight...
    I don't thrive getting attention on myself,
    which possibly explains why my professional life has not been stellar...
    I have only myself to blame!!
    :D~
    HUGZ

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