Saturday, June 4, 2016

I thought I was a loner, but it seems I'm an introvert

I've known about introverts and extroverts for decades, but I never identified with either. I suppose I thought I was a nontrovert. Okay, I thought I was a loner. I prefer some of the older, imprecise names for personalities—being a loner is romantic, while being an introvert is just geeky and a bit antisocial. I wish I hadn't realized I'm an introvert. It doesn't change a thing about me except my self-image.

Hmm. Though maybe I'm missing a progression here. Maybe when I was a loner, I wasn't quite an introvert. Maybe I'm now a hermit, and that's why I finally realized I'm an introvert.

When I told Emma I realized I was an introvert, she laughed. It is good to live with people who know us better than we know ourselves. Well, so long as we're willing to know ourselves.