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Thursday
Dec062012

Five on Friday - Thoughts on Being an Excellent Introvert

and a give away.
 

Hello friends,

It's Friday...and it's so good to be here. I was away for a week.... another trip to California. It was fabulous, but it's so good to be home. I missed my boys and this blog so much.

It's time for another 5 on Friday. I'm linking up over at Reflection of You. Please feel free to join in... the more the merrier.

Today I thought I'd share some thoughts on being an introvert. I have a feeling I'm not alone...

Since Oasis, I've been thinking a lot about my introversion. I talked here a few weeks ago about how I didn't take as many photos as I would have liked, while at Oasis. I long for quiet... I need solitude....and it's in that setting that I am most moved to 'click'. I realize now...that is exactly why I don't take photo after photo when I'm in a group setting.... And I'm okay with that!

I think it's a matter of understanding who we are and what we need in order to be our best selves.

Dont' you?

Introverts do better in quiet settings.... that's a fact. But with that said, I do LOVE gathering with people who get me....people I can relate to, connect with..... and as much as I love quiet I would never want to miss opportunities like Oasis. 

It's fascinating. Accepting my introversion...in fact embracing it....is so empowering. I remember as a kid having no desire to attend summer camp....and feeling like there was something wrong with me. I realize now, it wasn't because I was less-than or even that shy....it was simply because I needed my space. I loved to spend time alone, in my room, quietly playing, writing, or reading. And here I am, an adult, doing pretty much the same thing. 

When I was at Myriam's she had music playing most of the time. I found myself longing for .... silence. I rarely have music or the tv on, while I'm working. I NEED to be alone and in-quiet...with my thoughts. Now that my boys are grown and away I seem to need it even more. I live/love a very quiet life. 

Funny, but true story....just the other day I was upstairs getting changed and ready to take Ben out for a walk....John was in the kitchen, doing the dishes and getting ready to make his homemade soup. The noise was so loud (to me) that I yelled down, please stop banging...He was like... I'm sorry are you trying to sleep?....and I said, and I quote...... No, I just don't like loud noise! The thing is...it wasn't really banging or that loud... but to me it sure seemed like it.

I'm sharing all this...not to say introverts are better than extroverts...or the other way around. Simply to say it's okay...either way....Loving and accepting who we are is really the only way. 

I was talking with Xanthe about being an introvert....and she said, you are not a full-introvert.... and I was like really? We can be a bit of both. Anyhow, we concluded I am an introvert with some extrovert tendencies.... and she is an extrovert with some introvert tendencies. (although she wasn't sure about that 'smile') The conversation was quite funny..... We laughed about how different we are... She likes to go out with friends, just be out and about... Me, not so much. We talked about our style.... mine very subtle, played down...hers super fun and colourful..... 

Anyhow, I could go on....and on.... I will stop soon....I promise.

But first....I shared a bit about needing quiet in Beyond this past week...and one of the lovely Beyonders shared a fabulous book called Quiet... by Susan Cain. I'm listening to it now....so good! Xanthe also told me about a Ted Talk by Susan Cain...check it out below. Introverts ..you are going to love it!

5 Facts about Introverts

Fact one: Introversion and shyness are 2 different things...however... introverts are often mistaken for shy..... 

Fact two: Many introverts are great communicators, awesome public speakers, and powerfully present... But they need more time alone, in-quiet, to refuel... than an extrovert does. 

Fact three: You can be an introvert with extrovert tendencies..... and the other way around. We are rarely all one way or the other.

Fact Four: Acting like an extrovert will not change who you are. There's no need to overcome it. It's all good. The world needs a mix. Of course it never hurts to push ourselves a little outside our comfort zone.... (not to self)

Fact Five: Many powerful people are/were introverts. ie. Einstein, Warren Buffet, Gandhi, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, J.K. Rowings and Spielberg to name a few.

Before I sign off...I'd love to hear your thoughts.... 

Are you an introvert or an extrovert....or somewhere in between? Do you tend to fight against your natural ways...or embrace them?

Who do you gravitate to...introverts or extroverts? or a bit of both?

I can't wait to hear what you have to say......

In honour of sharing...how 'bout a give away or two?

Simply share your introvert/extrovert thoughts in the comments for a chance to win one of two prizes....

Give away 1 - a spot in my Lightroom eCourse Round Trip.

Give away 2 - a copy of the book Quiet by Susan Cain

I will announce the winner on Sunday.

Below is Susan Cain's fabulous Ted Talk. Enjoy.

Until next time.... so much love...

xo,

Reader Comments (76)

Definitely an introvert here...which is interesting because I'm a nurse, a profession that requires constant interaction with others. Off duty, I relish my alone time and the peace it brings to my soul. For years I thought there was something wrong with me, now I realize its what makes me me...not wrong, but unique.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKimG
It has taken me a long time to be comfortable with my introveredness (I think I just made up that word). I alway thought that wanted to be "out there", but I relish quiet, observation, peace, and safety. I don't need to be the center of attention, what I do need is people who care about me and understand me. I think I finally have this introvert thing down pat. I am who I am, and I am happy with that!
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate
A mix. I enjoy being out and about but then the next day need my total space...my time. As I am getting older the My Days seem more often and I am enjoying them more and more.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermary Underwood
I am an introvert and also, very shy...I grew up in an extended family of many extreme extroverts, so it was challenging, to say the least. I am still trying to learn to be comfortable with my introvert tendencies...these things run deep.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJulie H
Introvert; it has taken me a lifetime to be completely ok with myself about it though, and I finally can proudly accept it. I also understand that sometimes I need to push myself out of it for the right reasons. :)
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim Peterson
Introvert. And I don't like loud noises either. When my sister and I lived together before we were married I'd yell down the stairs for her to turn the TV down...and it was at volume! She still grumbles about that! :-)
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Paulsen
I'm definitely an introvert. I'm not even comfortable talking in chat rooms like this one. I always enjoy reading all of your post and soak up all of your wisdom and others as well but I rarely post a comment myself. Thank you for always inspiring me to grow and to try and get out of my comfort zone a bit. Even though I I am mostly silent I'm learning so much from you and others.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Rushing
I'm an introvert all the way! In the last couple of years, thanks to books like "Quiet" and "The Highly Sensitive Person" I've learned to embrace who I am. I love having quiet time to myself but I also enjoy being around the people I love. When I've been in a louder, social situation, I have to take time to unwind. I tend to make friends who are more extroverted than I am and feel that our differences balance each other out and make our relationship stronger!
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa H.
I am definitely a mix and often wondered where I fit in. I would say that I am more extrovert with some introvert tendencies. I am truly equally comfortable in a large room full people I don't know as I am when I am alone. Neither makes me overwhelmed. I recently participated in a Turkey Day 5K in Minneapolis with 15,000 other people and I felt so alive and energized by the crowd! I feel recharged working with people and love being someone people seek out for help or to do things together. But I also cherish alone time with my camera to create and love shopping alone. I guess I have learned to embrace both sides and try to keep balance in my life.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKim P
Recently took a European cruise on a very large ship. I loved seeing new places, being with friends and taking great pictures. However on our two days at sea I stayed in my stateroom watching bad movies while my friends were out doing things on board. It was the only place I could find solitude. Even though the library was quiet it was full of people as were all the places specifically for quiet. I'm a mix of both and need to see people but I need time for me to recharge.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatty
Just finished <i>Quiet</i> last week and felt like it COMPLETELY validated my life, self, everything. It's also interesting how many of the lovely and seemingly extroverted friends I've met through the interwebs are actually introverts - and she talks about that fairly extensively in the book. What a good read - and good to know you're there too :)
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlison
introvert - definitely with a tiny tendency to extrovert.
This is the second time this week someone mentioned Susan Cain`s "Quiet" - gonna listen to her talk. Thanks for the reminder!
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterelke1403
If you asked people who know me, they'd say I'm an extrovert girl: funny, outgoing, chatty, always with a big smile on her face and with the most contagious laugh. But actually I think I have some introvert sides... For example I don't feel confortable when I'm surrounded with a group of strangers. I't like I lose my voice and become very little, afraid of others. It takes me time to feel at ease and start being really me :)
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEleonora
I'm definitely an introvert (classic case, in fact). I can't seem to be creative on the days that my husband is home and have always felt guilty about wanting to sneak away for a bit... I cannot work with any background noise and my poor hubby has to keep the tv so low that sometimes he uses headphones! Whenever I discuss my tendencies with anyone I have always finished up by saying 'it's a problem'. Hmmm, much to think about here - who's problem is it?
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarb
I know I need quiet time. If I've had to go out and be with people, I then need a day of alone time. It was quite a challenge spending a lot of time in Mumbai, where my husband worked, over six years, as it's a very busy place; noisy and many, many people living in close proximity to each other. However, I found a balance; embraced the chaos and energy and retreated too. Today has been a day of quiet pottering and sorting - a truly beautiful day :) Love to all you other 'quiet times needed' folk x
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBreezy
This is something I have thought about a lot in the last few months. I was a very shy child- and can still feel shy at times.But I am a mix- I love my friends and family. I love laughing and being silly. But I absolutely NEED and CRAVE time alone. I am more exhausted by my interactions with people than I am energized by them. I love being in the house alone- yet, connection is so important to me- and I get lonely if I am alone for too long. I relate to what you are saying Kim, and I am so glad introverts are speaking out. I used to think of it as a character flaw- no more!
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelinda
I'm an extrovert, with some introvert tendencies. I am okay in social situations, but there comes a point where I am peopled out and I need some quiet. I hate having the TV on for no reason and I like that I have the house to myself during the week when my husband's at work. By the end of the weekend though, I am ready for the quiet again. I think I developed introvert tendencies when I became ill. My energy level was affected and noise sucks up energy.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLelainia Lloyd
Hmmm, I think both. If I'm home too much I need to get out! Then if I'm out too much, I love getting back home! Forever looking for that perfect balance!
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn
I am an introvert . . . all the tests say so :) I used to be shy--painfully so--but I am not really shy any longer.

Thanks for pointing out that shyness and introversion are not one in the same. To me, being any introvert generally means that you draw my energy from within--that is a good way to be. An extrovert draws his/her energy from without and from others -- that is a good way to be, too.

I love to be with people. I have a lot of fun, but when I am with people, I spend energy. It is only alone that I can recharge.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie
I read Quiet this summer, awesome book. I think every introvert should read that book. I too long for peace and quiet when I am alone. I am never lonely, because the dogs are always here anyway :)
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
I'm an introvert married to an introvert, which works for us. We both understand the need to have our quiet time, and the most re-charging part of our week is our Sunday hike, which we begin and end together, but go at our own pace (alone) for a few hours in-between.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMicki
I am most certainly an introvert. I could spend pretty much all my life on the farm and never leave it were possible. This really was a great post, especially the differences between shy and introvert.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEden Hills
Hi,
I am what been termed a "social Introvert". I am fine in large groups & do not have a problem talking to people in those situations. It is smaller groups that I feel more uncomfortable. If given the chance I would rather pick up a book and imerse myself into the story instead of my own life.....
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
Lovely thoughts and beautifully put - not to mention the beautiful photos. I'm definitely an introvert which actually surprises some people who know me. I think I might be an outgoing introvert. Alone time and quiet are extremely important to me - I often have to force myself to attend parties or social functions. But - I like being around people once I finally manage to get out the door, and I talk to strangers, and I'm terribly goofy... I'm okay with the introvert in me, and I'm glad that everyone is different - it takes all kinds.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Oh Kim ... I laughed at the part about the noise ... are you my evil twin? I think exactly the same way :)
You are not alone. LOVE solitude.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Flewellyn
It surprises some folks that I am indeed an introvert. I was a high school English teacher for 37years; I never have trouble speaking in public - the bigger the crowd, the better I like it. But I need my space and my solitude. My husband and I bought a farm in a very rural part of North Carolina almost two years ago. There is, of course, a great deal of physical work. Best of all, there is a great deal of quiet, a perfect place for me to pursue my art and my writing. I learned years ago to turn off the television when it had become nothing but background noise. Too many folks these days are surrounded by incessant noise of some kind. I prefer to think, to create, to dream in peace and quiet.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary Ann Potter
Hi my name is Barbara and I am an introvert. I am still coming to terms with all of this in my senior years, must get the book Quite and read and maybe I will feel better. As a child and youngest of 7 we lived on 10 acres and I was often bored because we really had to find things to entertain ourselves. I remember being lonely in those days and I think that is one big reason I am shy and an introvert today. I also have a hearing problem and wear hearing aids so being in large groups is very difficult for me so I don't do it usually, making the introvert problem even larger. I do better as you said taking pictures by myself. I need the peace and quite to relate to what I am trying to see in my head and bring to life from my camera.

I remember when we were at Oasis and I said to you, I hadn't done much in the way of editing while there. After I said that I wondered what you much have thought of me, why should it matter? I guess it is all about not being fully allright with being an introvert. I also remember I said I just couldn't get comfortable in my room to edit and that was true, I needed the warmth and familiarity of my home in order to feel comfortable since thinking back on it.

Do I wish I was different and more of an extrovert, probably yes? I guess I am always one who thinks things are always better on the other side of the fence but when I get on the other side of the fence I long for my side. Go figure!
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara Hurst
I am an almost-off-the-chart introvert, which surprises a lot of people who know me. I could easily be a hermit, and struggle sometimes against that tendency. I am also quite shy in certain settings. All in all, I like being an introvert. I enjoy and am contented with my own company, and am seldom ever bored. I used to wish I were more outgoing, and have been surprised when extroverts I admired told me that they admired my quietness! We all have our different strengths, and it's the blend of all our differences that keeps the world in balance.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterseabluelee
I think myself as an introvert with some extrovert features. I was at collage, sharing a dorm room with 2 other girls, when I started dating my husband (17 y ago...). I remember he was worried about me - if I was depressed or sad - since I just needed to have an hour or to alone every now and then. I would go for a walk, find a quiet corner at the library, or a little cafe in downtown, just to have space - just to be. Since he got to know me, he found it was a part of who I am. Now I can recognize the same need for solitude in our jr.
It is enriching that no one is alike / that everyone is special ... In the continuum from being an intro ~ extrovert. Accepting who we are - and the changes that can take place in us, may be challenging ~ seeing oneself through a friend, a colleague, may highlight something we havent't been aware of.
I'm going to look up for the book, thank you for sharing your thoughts and reflections!
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNina
Dear Kim,
I love your photos and quotes above. I am definitely an introvert and my BF an extrovert (social animal I called him) so we balance each other out, although there are times when I go into hiding to do my own things. I enjoy those moments of peace and quet to pause and 'recharge' in my own space :-)
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBiTi
In.Tro.Vert! And finally, nearing age 60, I am accepting that. Not thinking anymore that I am weird, or that I should change.

The memory of school days are painful ones. Loved the learning part. Hated the social part.
One time the principal (wanting to 'help' me) offered me the job of doing the morning announcements over the PA.
I shook my head no.....and the look on his face made me feel like a total freak. How could I turn down that honor??!
(easily!) NO need for limelight here.

Recently my young grandson was visiting....and asked "gramma, don't you get lonely here by yourself?"....I had to explain to him the different kinds of people. And that I was a quiet one.
NEED to read Susan's book. Loved her talk. "Solitude Matters"...Yes!!
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNina G.
Kim, great introverted minds think alike...my 5 Facts today are about this same subject and how after 50 years I'm quite content with my introvert status, both in real life and in the blog world.

I'm most definitely an introvert with no extrovert tendencies...quiet, observing, NEVER wanting to draw attention to myself or be in the spotlight. But I do love color, and it shows up in my wardrobe! I'd say I feel most comfortable with fellow introverts...we seem to understand each other and don't have to explain our need for space and solitary time. I have a few extroverted friends, though, and I thoroughly enjoy their company (followed by some alone time to replete my energy, of course). :)

What a gorgeous, peaceful image you've shared...so beautiful! And thank you for the opportunity to win a give-away!
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSherri B.
I am an introvert. I am very uncomfortable in social situations. However, as long as I have my camera I am happy. I hide behind the lens by taking pictures. When I do stop to talk in a group, it is usually to answer questions about photography. I work in silence. I have five sons--all but one grown now. Our house was never quiet. That was OK, I loved them and their noise. I found my much need solitude and quiet when they were at school or asleep. My closest friends have been both introverts and extraverts and everything in between.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIndigo Gardner
I think I'm both. I love my time alone!!! But I also like to talk to people at times. I'm more of an intro/extro-vert. Depends on the situation and mood I'm in.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa R.
I am an introvert, but in my social circle I am a leader and am looked to for advice. My private time and time to create are very important. I have trouble being creative in hectic environment although it's my escape to photograph. My camera iphone or otherwise is the vehicle of escape. When you are making images, all other senses fade and your eyes are working overtime.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteranita
Being okay with my natural trait of introversion is the biggest thing I have learned in recent years. No guilt. This is the way I am and it is a STRENGTH, not a weakness.

I adore sitting alone in the forest, listening to the wind or the birds and the busy quiet in my head. As a writer, solitude feeds my imagination. People are wonderful too. Fascinating at times... but only in small doses. They require so much energy! And it all gets harder as I age.

I truly enjoyed your blog. Writing now so no time for photography courses and I already have the book. Bless another. Hug yourself often. Thanks
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Louise MacDoanld
Definitely an introvert here. I dislike crowds and noise. At parties I like to sit back and watch the "show". If I'm home alone I rarely turn on the tv or radio. I am an only child and grew up in the country with few neighbors-I can easily entertain myself for a very long time. I work in a job where I need to make small talk conversation with folks...it always makes me smile when I find myself trying to drag a conversation out of someone else! I love just sitting in the woods or on the beach soaking up the solitude-I used to think it was the place that gave me peace, but it is the solitude that really nurtures my soul.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeb M
As I studied it in terms of dealing with children, I was taught that extroverts get our energy from being aroundvpeople and our energy is zapped by aloneness and quiet. On the other hand, an introvert gets energy from quiet and alone time while the energy is zapped when around people and noise. For me, it is not only that I have varying levels of these qualities but I'm finding that as I'm growing older, I'm getting to be introverted more and more, flip-flopping how I always was before: an extrovert of the larger-than-life, "look at me - look at me" kind! Lol. I'm finding I enjoy being alone and no longer feel my energy zapped by it. I used to HAVE TO get with people every so often to fuel up - now I find the opposite true - I need quiet to refuel and being in groups of people seems to zap my energy. Go figure.
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSallyt
Introvert and extrovert are just general classifications... and you can cross-classify! I tend to be "out there" and flamboyant (and I do test as a true "extrovert"). However, I do treasure my alone time (but NOT usually silent time unless I am in nature...) So we are all a little different...
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershari adkisson
Oh my! A wonderful topic, Kim! Another Introvert here....after calling myself "shy" for many years, I learned about introvert, and finally came to feel ok about that characteristic after many years. A few years ago my son gave my husband and I the Myers-Briggs test, so not only am I an introvert but intutitive, thinker, and perceptive! Hubby is an extrovert, keeps me laughing, and upbeat, and I love that about him. All of my hobbies are "quiet" ones, and after many years, hubby finally understands when I say "I need some quiet time"...and kindly says "go do your thing". Photography is such a wonderful expression of someone, especially an introvert. Enjoy your quiet time, Kim!! I LOVE mine!!
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly
Hi Kim...you always get me thinking! I read your post and all of these interesting comments right before I went out to dinner with my husband tonight. So, over a glass of Merlot, I asked him if he thought I was an introvert or an extrovert I think I am a little bit of both, but he thinks of me as an extrovert, at least compared to him. I am more of a "chatter" and find it easy to make small, social talk in a group. My husband is not one for small talk and loves his quiet time...but he is not unsociable either. We are both a little over 60 (yikes) and I find noise seems to bother him more as he gets older. I enjoy having the house to myself at times but can be very outgoing with my friends and family. However, the introverted part of me is where I have trouble expressing my feelings. I hit a "bump in the road" this year with a life long friend...she is able to express her feelings and can cry at the drop of a hat so to speak. She interpreted my reactions as being "unfeeling" ... I once told my sister that I cry internally...don't like to let people see that side of me...and don't really know why! But just because the tears are not flowing, people may not know what you are going through inside. Well, as always, I appreciate how you share all your feelings and insights, and maybe when I'm 70, I'll have it all figured out lol!
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAggie Fegan
i like less people... more animals... or children. I think some of my fears is judgement. (still) at fetching almost 60.
Kids are more okay with you how ever you are.
I babble. But i think it's more to cover my butt. See how funny i can be? But in all reality i am perfectly okay alone. With my dogs, and cats and birds and fish and my thoughts. And sometimes music... I can be around people. But have to prepare my mind to do so. Kind of like having a running start...:)
Love taking pictures, mostly of my kids, (grand kids) animals, yard, totally can get lost there!
Thanks for sharing. And thanks for not making us talk to you about more Christmas stuff. :) Un employed right now. Not a good subject in mind at the moment. And glad to hear there are so many like minded people out there...!
December 7, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterels
i am definitely an extrovert... i get sluggish and unfocused if alone too much... but i also struggle with being around people who i think may not totally accept me... and i often go home and beat myself up for saying this or that --or NOT saying this or that. etc... and then i just want to stay home... my biggest bugaboo right now is nearing 60 years old and still dealing with high school feelings when around people... i thought i would be grown up by now!!! hahahaha I have quit wishing i was more like my Mom.. she was an introvert who loved her time alone... loved quiet... was strengthened and focused by solitude, yet was loving and gracious. 3 of my kids are introverts.. 2 are extroverts... my hubby is an introvert.. it is very interesting observing how we all function...
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersharon
Beautiful pictures and quotes. I've just listened to Susan Cain's talk. Wise words and she is an excellent speaker.

I am an introvert and also shy. My favourite occupations are all solitary ones : reading, drawing, photography, baking and the internet. I went out with a group of photographers once and I took far less photographs than when I'm on my own.
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaren
Very interesting post today Kim! I too am an introvert like so many other previous posters! I am a prolific knitter and spinner, and I had thought that I was missing my knitting if I couldn't knit every day, but in actuality, it is my time alone that I miss! I'm very happy to be in my house and enjoy the quiet. And without music or noise!!
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCindy M
most definitely an introvert here! all those things you said resonated 100% - I'm even finding that the older I get the more quiet alone time I need to recharge. lately, I'm really enjoying long walks or runs with no iPod in my ears - finding that the physical exertion combined with the quiet is really energizing. have a wonderful weekend, Kim!
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary
I am an introvert which comes off as shy and unapproachable. I NEED my space and quiet but love to be with my friends and family......for short spurts anyways :)
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie
Thank you for this post. I've tried to go out on photo adventures with other photographers and it is very difficult to find my creative zone. I need to be alone, even if amidst a crowd, to do my work. That is part of why I find photography both relaxing and exhilarating at the same time. It demands all of me, my total presence. Its hard for me to even comprehend going on one of those photo walks with a big group of photographers. Music, on the other hand, is what I love to do in a group. I love the interaction of making music, the high when it comes together beautifully with everyone making their adjustments to be in total sync with each other and making something magical that is only of this moment. I hadn't heard Susan Cain's TED talk so thanks for that link. I grew up as the only child in the house and if I am in groups too much I absolutely have to get away for my alone time.
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy E
Definitely an introvert, almost to the max.... I can't be my best self in a group, can't for some reason create well when I am surrounded by others, I need lots of time alone to be able to at my most creative. In a group other people's ideas will overwhelm me and smother my own....No music or noises whilst I am working, no bold colours in my immediate surroundings and lots of time on my own. That is when I am best at being me :)
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllen B
That's me...
December 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatrice

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