Southern Man

Friday, June 10, 2011


What's the difference between an introvert and an extrovert? A commenter on a blog Southern Man reads puts it this way:
I only read a few replies, but they seemed to misuse the terms “introvert” and “extrovert”. These are not terms that indicate your level of social skills, or even your desire for social interaction. They instead indicate how your energy levels are affected by others.

For an introvert, social interaction is a mentally-draining activity, and after socializing the introvert needs solitary time to recharge. For the extrovert, being alone is draining, and socializing is an energy-gaining activity.

This is a pretty good description of Southern Man, who is (and has always been) something of an introvert. And after a fairly challenging week at work and with both daughters out of the state Southern Man is more than content to hide away at home today and recharge. A little blogging, a little light housecleaning and laundry, a lot of catching up on videos he's meant to watch (several on the space program and Apollo missions, to see if they're worthy of incorporating into his astronomy course), and no answering of the phone. It didn't even occur to Southern Man that he was in full-out recharging mode until the phone rang and his first thought was "if that isn't a family member, let it ring." It wasn't, so he did. And who knows, in a few hours he may venture out and spend the evening at The Land. But this is a recharging day and he's going to enjoy it to the fullest.


At Friday, June 10, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting concept. I find that too much of either leaves me drained. Balance is best. But the best recharger for me is either a rousing sermon or a bowl of mint chocolate ice cream.

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