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Introversion vs. Loneliness

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StumbleUpon. Susan Cain: The power of introverts. Introvert? No Apology Required by Adam McHugh. Editor's Note: Introverts in the Church, (InterVarsity) has apparently struck a nerve.

Introvert? No Apology Required by Adam McHugh

The book is in its eighth printing (as of 3/22/2012) and is giving our 'extrovert-dominant' church culture much to ponder, especially about long-standing assumptions on spiritual maturity and the qualities we think leaders ought to possess. I caught up with Adam McHugh via email and telephone to discuss this sorely neglected topic. His answers are both thoughtful and thought-provoking—particularly on the gospel and how it can be applied to the issues raised in the book. Alex Crain Editor, Why did you decide to write a resource for introverts?

It started as a personal quest. Young Delacroix on the Importance of Solitude in Creative Work and How to Resist Social Distractions. By Maria Popova “Nourish yourself with grand and austere ideas of beauty that feed the soul… Seek solitude.”

Young Delacroix on the Importance of Solitude in Creative Work and How to Resist Social Distractions

“One can never be alone enough to write,” Susan Sontag lamented in her journal. “People who grow bored in their own company seem to me in danger,” the great Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky admonished the young. And yet despite the vast creative and psychological benefits of boredom, we have grown so afraid of it that we have unlearned — or refused to learn altogether — the essential art of being alone, so very necessary for contemplation and creative work. Are you an INTROVERT?! yup, me too... Being vs. becoming, Wendell Berry on solitude and our creative demons, the best biographies, memoirs, and history books of the year, and more.

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Being vs. becoming, Wendell Berry on solitude and our creative demons, the best biographies, memoirs, and history books of the year, and more

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Tips for Introverts Who Love People Time

Oxymoron, you say? Nope, you said wrong! People frequently clump shyness and introversion together as the same thing, it’s not. How to Be Alone: An Antidote to One of the Central Anxieties and Greatest Paradoxes of Our Time. By Maria Popova “We live in a society which sees high self-esteem as a proof of well-being, but we do not want to be intimate with this admirable and desirable person.” If the odds of finding one’s soul mate are so dreadfully dismal and the secret of lasting love is largely a matter of concession, is it any wonder that a growing number of people choose to go solo? The choice of solitude, of active aloneness, has relevance not only to romance but to all human bonds — even Emerson, perhaps the most eloquent champion of friendship in the English language, lived a significant portion of his life in active solitude, the very state that enabled him to produce his enduring essays and journals.

And yet that choice is one our culture treats with equal parts apprehension and contempt, particularly in our age of fetishistic connectivity. Six Easy Networking Tips for Introverts. I’ll confess up-front; I’m an introvert.

Six Easy Networking Tips for Introverts

I spend a lot of time on my own – and I find it tiring to be around lots of other people. Being an introvert actually works out pretty well for me. I’m a writer, so a big part of my day involves sitting at my computer, working alone. When I do work with other people as a writing coach, it’s usually one-on-one (I can cope with one other person!) Of course, I can’t spend the whole of my life alone or with just close friends and family. In both my professional and personal life, I get out there and meet people from time to time. . #1: Get to Know People Beforehand One of the many things I love about the internet is that it makes it incredibly easy for me, an introvert, to strike up a connection with total strangers. How do you find people who’ll be at the event? Forums or similar on the event’s website Twitter – search for the name of the event Blog posts – is anyone you know going? Introversion. How Not to Be Alone. Introverts in the Church » Life Builders Inc. Dear Christian Introverts, A lot of our churches are run to accommodate an extroverted audience, especially in the Pentecostal sector.

Introverts in the Church » Life Builders Inc.

While there is nothing wrong with demonstrating ones faith and belief in an external way, perhaps the apparent leaning towards the extroverted service could have some unhelpful side effects. Because society is predominately biased towards extroversion, we can find ourselves subconsciously trying to fit into the extroverted framework, resulting in us denying or ignoring very legitimate parts of how we have been created. Taken a step further, we can even look around during the service, and see most people with their hands in the air, moving around (even going up the front to worship), and think there is something wrong with our faith or belief in God. Songs About Loneliness or Isolation.

10 Love Quotes That Only Introverts Will Get - StumbleUpon. Everybody loves love, even introverts (extroverted introverts, we’re talking about you too).

10 Love Quotes That Only Introverts Will Get - StumbleUpon

It is a common misconception that we are emotionless and reserved, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Introverts love just as deeply as everyone else. 23 Signs You're Secretly An Introvert. Think you can spot an introvert in a crowd?

23 Signs You're Secretly An Introvert

Think again. Although the stereotypical introvert may be the one at the party who’s hanging out alone by the food table fiddling with an iPhone, the “social butterfly” can just as easily have an introverted personality. “Spotting the introvert can be harder than finding Waldo,” Sophia Dembling, author of “The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World,” tells The Huffington Post.

What Is Involution? ⋆ LonerWolf. How to Grow Your Personal Brand When You're an Introvert. ExtrovertVSIntrovert.png (PNG Image, 600 × 725 pixels) You Say "Friendly," I Say "Annoying" The Persecution Complex of the Modern Introvert. 22 Shirts Every Introvert Should Own. Why Having More Time Being Alone Makes You A Greater Person.

“The best thinking has been done in solitude.” – Thomas Edison When was the last time you were alone?

Why Having More Time Being Alone Makes You A Greater Person

Not alone by today’s standards (Facebook and Twitter within arms reach, friends constantly buzzing your phone), but truly by yourself, with no outside influences providing data or information to your brain. Can you think of that time? If you’re like most people, it might take you more than a few seconds. The speed of life at which the world lives today doesn’t leave much time to stop and smell the flowers, let alone leave time for yourself. Society seems to have placed a negative stigma on being alone. Solitude is the ultimate environment for clear thinking. Being in solitude is one of the best ways to improve yourself both mentally and emotionally.