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Shying Away from Things

March 10, 2022

Buckle up, all you reserved and retiring types! Next week is National Introverts Week. Celebrated annually during the third full week of March, this informal recognition is meant to shine the light (oh, no!) on folks who define themselves as introverts. Which makes it our week, given that a large percentage of readers and writers classify themselves that way. After all, reading and writing are traditionally solo activities, ideal pursuits for those of that personality persuasion.

Unfortunately, introversion has gotten a bad rap over the years, especially in the current world of social media and 24/7 pursuits. Introverts sometimes find themselves apologizing for the way they are (that is, if they are brave enough to speak up). But the fact is, being introverted isn’t a bad thing…not at all. Stephen Hawking famously said that “Quiet people have the loudest minds.” And Introvert, Dear, a website that tags itself as an Award-Winning Community for Introverts, lists several advantages of being introverted, including being “shrewd decision-makers and problem-solvers. Read more here: https://tinyurl.com/2p8vx7m5

That said, are all of you who identify that way sure that you truly are introverts? I always thought I was, until it finally occurred to me that I share traits of both personality types. I learned that, according to the online Cambridge Dictionary, I am more properly classified as an ambivert. This is defined as “a person who has features of both an introvert (= someone who prefers to spend time alone) and an extrovert (= someone who prefers to be with other people) in their personality…” The entry goes on to say that:

• Ambiverts are sometimes also called outgoing or social introverts.
• An ambivert typically enjoys other people but needs time alone.

A 2016 Forbes article explains this personality category further: https://tinyurl.com/2p9cbx4t .

I definitely identify with the alone time thing. As a published author, I enjoy conferences and workshops and presenting to readers and fellow writers. But after a short while being “on”, I can feel the mental and physical batteries begin to drain. I’m not being rude…I simply need to run off by myself for a while to recharge. And once that happens, I’m back in the game again.

So, all you proud introverts and ambiverts, it’s time to celebrate…but quietly. Sometime next week, let’s all lift a glass in our respective homes and softly cheer our contented aloneness.

Are you an introvert, extrovert, or an ambivert like me? Comment below and tell us what makes you, you.

Also, while you’re here, check out our March contest. It runs from March 1-18. One lucky winner gets to select a book from the prize vault. Here’s the link:  https://bookloversbench.com/contests/  

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11 thoughts on “Shying Away from Things

  1. Hi Diane, I love the new category. I think it suits me quite well, too. Although I have a large capacity for socialization, and really can’t live without a certain amount, I need recharge time. Writing takes care of it mostly, but I also enjoy long walks and reading.

  2. Thanks for the interesting post, Diane and Cheryl. I am definitely an “ambivert” and enjoy the fact that there is now a name. Today’s writer almost has to be a social animal as well as being able to allow ourselves time to be retiring!

  3. Hi Diane,
    The new category takes the pressure off introverts. I’m definitely an ambivert with dominant introvert tendencies. A self-conscious weight has lifted. Thank you.

  4. I am a card-carrying introvert. By the end of any conference I am so quiet as to be almost catatonic. Too much of everything in a crowd. Consequently, I no longer “get my money’s worth” from a conference fee by attending all the sessions. It’s overkill for me, literally. So I find ways to recharge and rest during an event. If you can’t find me at a conference, I’m in recharge mode! But you can make-believe I’m editing/writing….

    1. Maggie, today I was a speaker at a library-related event I’ve been waiting for two years to finally attend. They had about 160 people register so lots of energy in the room. Got there at 10:30AM, sold a few books, smoozed, listened to intos, then did my talk, followed by luncheon, raffle drawings, dessert, a second speaker, and then some final book sales before making my good-byes and leaving at 3PM. It was a lovely time and I had fun, but I had to go lie down as soon as I got home. In fact, I’m going back to bed again now. But I’ll be up early in the AM nicely refreshed once more.

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