First off, let me just say how fun it is to see that you visit me and that you leave comments on this blog. It is so much fun and I enjoy getting to know all of you better! Who knew that having a blog is a fantastic way to make new friends!?
Speaking of making friends, at the stitching retreat earlier this month we discussed the hypothesis that many stitchers are introvert and for me personally, this hypothesis fits right in with with my Meyer-Briggs test results... (I'll write more about this in another post). That is probably why I feel so at easy in the guild.
What is also interesting to note, as an introvert, is the prejudice that sometimes seems to get connected with the word "introvert". Does these misconceptions sound familiar: Introverts are shy, socially incompetent or awkward, withdrawn, self-centered?
I recently read a really good definition of one of the trades of introverts; we recharge and re-energize by being alone. That is probably why so many of us enjoy stitching - the recharging process! I feel that I can be alone in "a social way" in a stitching group. I often find myself longing for my stitching after hours at work with meetings and phone calls. That longing is probably not based solely in the craft itself, but also in the relaxing solitude. Don't get me wrong; I love to hang with my work buddies during lunch and to talk with DH in the evenings, so loneliness is not the single choice - it is just a necessity on a regular basic (pretty much daily for me!).
Here are some other statements that generally apply to introverts:
- I am seen as “reflective” or “reserved.”
- I feel comfortable being alone and like things I can do on my own.
- I prefer to know just a few people well.
- I sometimes spend too much time reflecting and don’t move into action quickly enough.
- I sometimes forget to check with the outside world to see if my ideas really fit the experience. (List taken from this site)
I did a quick search and found this article by an introvert woman, which I find very well written. Some of her observations really ring the bell of recognition....
And finally, there is a reason why introverts may not be heard as often; the population ratio:
"According to several sources, extroverts make up 60% to 75% of the population, and introverts make up the remainder. This might explain society's alleged preference toward extroverted behavior. One introvert vented his frustration in an essay entitled "The Tyranny of the Extroverts." Introverts shouldn't fret, though -- even though they're outnumbered, 60% of gifted children are believed to be "on their team."" (Taken from this web page.)
Sooo, you guys probably already knew all of this, but I was so excited to learn more about "myself" that I just had to share! It is also good to hear some statements that actually make sense rather than the often repeated misconceptions stated by some extrovert individuals that think that introverts are weird... ;-) Anyway, I apologize if this was the most boring read you ever struggled through - let me know and I'll do better!
Anyway, this evening I recharged with the DT SAL:
Take care and Happy Stitching!