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Topic: Reading (01/25/07)
By Ed VanDeMark
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Don’t they know I can hear them talking about me? They do it right in front of me.
Introvert…that’s just a polite way of saying I’m broken.
So what’s wrong with being quiet? Isn’t it ok to like cerebral stuff? I thought reading, writing and thinking were good things. Yeah I like people but parties get old in a hurry. I can’t wait to leave and get some rest. Everybody interrupting each other and the noise never stops. If they would just talk about important things I’d be fine but it sounds like Junior High all over again. I’m going back to my room and relax.
I’m glad I brought these books on this trip. What was it Roy called them? Revelation, that’s it he said they were a real revelation. Now was I supposed to read the purple one first or was it the yellow and white one? The one with the test in that’s the one I should read first. That would be the purple one “Please Understand Me II” by David Keirsey. The other one, the yellow one “The Introvert Advantage” by Marti Olsen Laney looks good. Maybe I should skip the purple one I already know I’m an introvert. No Roy said read the Keirsey book first.
Three days later.
This is the best conference I ever attended. That reception last night was awesome. I never knew that a party could be that good. I did just what Drs. Keirsey and. Laney said and it worked. Yeah I’m an introvert, that’s for sure but I’m not broken. God just made me a little different. It’s like that old statement goes “God doesn’t make junk.”
Yes I’m an introvert and yes I spent years being uncomfortable in large social gatherings.
I became a born again Christian in 1976 and I quit reading secular material because I didn’t want to be tainted by the world. Yet all of my religion and my faith didn’t keep me from developing emotional problems. I ended up in counseling, with a Christian counselor. Roy advocates reading the bible, he likes Christian writers but it was these two books written as secular works that he recommended.
I discovered Introverts need time alone to restore their energy. My Extroverted friends need groups of people to regain their energy. We are simply opposites, neither is broken.
Introversion is genetic so is Extroversion. God chose to make me an Introvert and if He consciously chose that for me must be He had a good reason for doing it. The D4DR gene controls this factor. If it’ physically long you are Extroverted if it’s short you are an Introvert. The long gene is insensitive to adrenalin and thus Extroverts need a lot of it to get a rush. The short gene is highly sensitive to adrenalin consequently too much of it and we feel stressed but we feel good with small amounts thus we prefer quiet activities.
The chemicals in the brain of an Extrovert direct most of their thoughts through the short term memory. The chemicals in the introverted brain send most of our thoughts through the long term memory. The long term memory loop is a much longer loop consequently we are slower to respond. Because of this we frequently don’t know how we feel about things until we sleep on them. We’re not stupid our brains just process things differently. In fact scientific test indicate that Introverts are 4 ½ times more likely to be gifted than Extroverts.
Extroverts interrupt one another as a normal course of events. Introverts tend to feel interrupting is rude, consequently we wait for breaks in the conversation to say our part. Extroverts with their overlapping conversations never give us a break to say our piece. In the end Extroverts think we are stupid because we didn’t contribute to the topic and we buy into their misconception.
Introverts do exceptionally well in individual and small group discussions. Introverts also prefer to talk sitting down whereas Extroverts like to mill around as they talk.
Reading these two books was a revelation, not however to be mistaken as The “Revelation.” Yet I believe the same God that gifted John to write “Revelation” gifted Drs. Keirsey and Laney to write these books that have forever altered my life. The Christian world view is clearly different than the secular world view and that is good but it isn’t good to limit our reading to just Christian writers.
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