One thing I’m really enjoying about this blog is the great feedback I get from readers on a variety of topics. Not only does it boost my spirits, but I often learn very interesting things. For example, a recent comment on the Converting the Introverted post gave me a lot of food for thought. The comment came from “Foozler,” who identified himself as a teacher of psychology for the past 35 years. He gives an interesting analysis of normal introvert and extrovert states (and their opposites), and then makes a fascinating statement:
Introverts’ brains are much busier and therefore we need little input from the environment to be at a comfortable brain activation. Extroverts need a lot, and so there you will find people who jump out of planes, rollercoast, and the like.
I had never heard this idea before, but it made intuitive sense to me when I read it. I often feel like my brain is going a million miles a minute, and to take in even more information can be quite difficult at times. It seems to explain the overwhelmed feeling I sometimes get in stressful situations; my brain is too busy processing my own stuff to be able to deal with what’s going on around me.
This idea tempts me to make some ungracious comment about the relative emptiness of extroverts’ brains… But that wouldn’t do. I’ll have to be content with simply noting that introverts often have a lot on their minds.