I was reading an article the other day that comes extremely close to describing the way that I view the world. So rather than try to say the right things such as "I'm an easy going, funny, considerate, genuine person who loves listening to music" I am going to take a different approach and leave an excerpt from the article here.
Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.
Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.
Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.
Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.
Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.
Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.
Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.
Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.
Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.
Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.
Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.
Digital Fortress by Dan Brown. I also read books by authors such as Clive Cussler, Steven King, Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, and Dean Koontz. I did also enjoy both the Harry Potter series and the Hunger Games series.
I'm a big fan of science, science fiction, and comedies. Some examples are Mythbusters, Eureka, Doctor Who, Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, House, Bones, Psych.
I listen to just about anything as long as I'd be able to see instruments on the stage if I went to a live show. To me, music should be more about the music than the show behind the performance. Therefore I tend to shy away from any artists that perform with background dancers or props. That's not to say that I never enjoy a live show that uses props. Blue Man Group and Peter Gabriel are two shows that exemplify the proper use of props in my mind.
2. Friends and family
3. A means of transportation (car, bike, bus, train...)
4. Music (live or recorded)
5. A way to keep in touch (cell phone, email...)
This situation is sometimes called quantum indeterminacy or the observer's paradox: the observation or measurement itself affects an outcome, so that it can never be known what the outcome would have been if it were not observed.
At times I think I'm a lot like the cat. Simply put, I am both everything and nothing that others expect until they finally meet me. After they meet me, almost without fail, they have changed me in some way. And it is always exciting to watch people "open the box" and get to know me.
If it's not so nice out I read, listen to music, watch movies, or anything else to relax after the work week.