A Note to Those I’m Following on Twitter

Hey, all of you I’ve recently followed on Twitter as @introspektre. Your profiles came up as suggested follows and after a brief look at your tweets and profiles, I followed you because I think I’ll benefit from you on my journey to better understanding myself.

Just a quick note on what I’m doing here… I’ve always felt a bit “off,”… That, somehow, my brain was wired differently than those of “normal” people. After seeing a few “introvert” memes on Facebook I realized how much I identified with them. I looked into what it means to be an introvert and found that I related to SO MUCH of what was written in various blog posts and articles.

I was relieved to learn I was not alone in how I deal with certain situations and how they affect me. It was so profound that I decided to start this blog and use it as a way to track what I learn about my understanding of myself and share any potentially useful information and experiences.

That said, I look forward to being able to understand all I can about introversion, anything related to it and about myself and why I am the way I am…

Cheers! ^_^

So, What Am I, Really?

It’s so nice to get away into the woods and to find moments by yourself to ponder new realizations and ideas. I even opened up to my significant other about what I’ve been learning about myself.

Now that I’m home again, I continue my search for answers… As with many new subjects, the more I read, the more questions I have, including that of what I really am… I typically gravitate away from labels and categorizing people, but for the sake of understanding myself and to have a starting point, I’m trying to… well… categorize myself.

Before last week, I believed “introvert” and “extrovert” to be merely terms used by western society to say one is either “shy” or “outgoing.” I assumed there were plenty of scholarly dissertations on the “shy”/”outgoing” differences, but did not realize to the extent that “introverts”/”extroverts” were categorized.

So… what am I??

I do believe I’m at an extreme end of introversion. Is there a name for that?? Am I just an extremely shy introvert? INFJ? ISFJ? Do I also have avoidant personality disorder and/or social phobia?

I’m inclined to see a specialist and take a test or something for assistance to find where I fit. There can be so much truth in a meme meant for entertainment, but I’m pleased a few memes on introversion have led me to this path to understanding myself better.

Ok, I realize this post is not of any help to anyone but myself, but I’m just getting started. It has therapeutic value and that’s one of the main reasons I started this blog. But it’s my hope that I’ll someday understand enough about what I am so that I might help others. :)

Heading to the Sierras to Reflect Upon New Realizations

Actually, my trip to the Sierras has been on my calendar for months, but as I leave the urban sprawl of Silicon Valley with my daughter, my girlfriend and her younger brother for the weekend, I’ll have a chance to unplug, enjoy close company of my most cherished people in the world.

I’m still taking in everything I’ve learned about introversion over the last few days. The quiet of the mountains, the freshness of the air and rejuvenating quality of the water should help me reflect on the many bits of information I’ve thrown at myself and start piecing them together. I’ve been looking forward to this trip for months, but even more so now that I have something to center on and think about.

Just today, I learned about the The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and I’m trying to understand where I fall… According to the Jung Typology Test™, so far I am either INFJ or ISFJ. But I suppose it’s all really more complex than a simple test. I can’t wait until my books arrive so I can dig down deep into the understanding of introverts!

BTW, here are the books I ordered:


I’m excited and anxious for answers I feel I’m about to find… a little scared, too, but mostly excited! :)

I’ve Opened a Can of Worms

I’ve opened up a can of worms… and it’s a good thing! I had a very profound experience today. Over the last couple of weeks, introvert-related memes have popped up on Facebook and there was so much truth to them, I thought I’d look further into introversion.

I’ve always considered myself an “introvert,” but only had a general idea of what it meant to be one.Today, I read blog posts and articles that blew my mind… My jaw dropped as I read them because I felt as though they were addressing me! They were describing things I thought only I felt and experienced! It was surreal! I cried as I read some of these because it was then I realized… there’s an entire “race” of people like me out there! I just wanted to hung the authors of these articles!

Being somewhat of a computer geek, I wiped away a tear and felt inspired to start a blog… And here you are at introspektre.com. Thank you for visiting! I’m still not sure how this blog will come together, but I want to share my findings as I explore more articles, read books (I already bought two) and share my own experiences as an introvert.

There are lots of lists regarding introverts: how to treat them, how not to treat them, myths, etc. Perhaps I’ll start my first few posts with one item from one of these lists and relate them to my own experiences. Just to get things like that off my chest would be therapy of sorts, I think.

It’s my hope that, if I’m diligent and able to maintain this blog with meaningful content, another introvert will stumble upon it who could also identify with it and, ultimately, have a positive impact by it. (Though, I foresee that some posts may not be very positive in nature.)

By the way, I also created a Twitter account: twitter.com/introspektre. I currently have no followers nor am I following anyone… That’s how new it is! :)