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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Reading (01/25/07)

TITLE: Introvert
By Ed VanDeMark



Donít they know I can hear them talking about me? They do it right in front of me.
IntrovertÖthatís just a polite way of saying Iím broken.

So whatís wrong with being quiet? Isnít 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 canít wait to leave and get some rest. Everybody interrupting each other and the noise never stops. If they would just talk about important things Iíd be fine but it sounds like Junior High all over again. Iím going back to my room and relax.

Iím glad I brought these books on this trip. What was it Roy called them? Revelation, thatís 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 thatís the one I should read first. That would be the purple one ďPlease Understand Me IIĒ by David Keirsey. The other one, the yellow one ďThe Introvert AdvantageĒ by Marti Olsen Laney looks good. Maybe I should skip the purple one I already know Iím 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 Iím an introvert, thatís for sure but Iím not broken. God just made me a little different. Itís like that old statement goes ďGod doesnít make junk.Ē

Yes Iím 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 didnít want to be tainted by the world. Yet all of my religion and my faith didnít 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 ití physically long you are Extroverted if itís 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 donít know how we feel about things until we sleep on them. Weíre not stupid our brains just process things differently. In fact scientific test indicate that Introverts are 4 Ĺ 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 didnít 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 ďRevelation.Ē Yet I believe the same God that gifted John to write ďRevelationĒ 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 isnít good to limit our reading to just Christian writers.

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julie wood02/01/07
I loved reading this! It fascinated me, especially since I'm an introvert myself and can identify with all the narrator's feelings.

While normally I prefer a piece that starts out sounding like a story to stay that way rather than turning into an article, this one proved an exception. I learned new things from the article part--such as that introversion and exraversion are caused by specific and known genes. Fascinating!

This really affirmed and encouraged me. Thanks for sharing!
Mo 02/01/07
Interesting. (Thanks, I'm going to look up those books.)
Jan Ackerson 02/02/07
This piece has a unique and very authentic voice. Thanks for sharing this with us!
Sherrie Jackson02/04/07
Thank you for writing this. I've just recently decided to figure out what being an introvert really means, and I had no idea it got this specific. When people know who they really are, it usually helps them live well and make better life decisions. Now, I'm going to check out the books you mentioned! Thanks again.
cindy yarger02/07/07
Very informative in a nicely done way. I enjoyed learning what you had to say. Good job.