Tuesday 30 July 2013 – Are you an Introvert

The article attached provides a simple understanding of what one may experience as an ‘introvert’. It is important to not label or categorise ourselves to the point where is this segregation causes negativity in the way we interact as groups with each other. We place people, situations, circumstances, and scenarios in groups. We do this for ease of cognitive access and to greater understand our interaction with reality. In part we also broadly brush strike our experiences to identify what is safe for us and what is not. The  conflict of this exercise appears when we do this too often and in a discriminative and distorted manner, so much so that we taint our experiences with judgment, conditions and an attitude of superiority.

When we categorise , we unfortunately attach notions of superiority / inferiority or goodness vs badness. All this perception allows is the division of what ultimately is a connected being. It is important we understand that when we label ourselves or we are labeled by others, it is not necessary we are recognised on a scale of good and bad. Being an introvert is not good or bad. There are moments, circumstances and situations that call for an introverted approach in order to maximise the wonder of a particular outcome and there are moments when ‘being an introvert’ does not serve as highly as not. Perhaps our focus should be on emotional intelligence, sociocultural and relational adaptability and understanding of the world we live in. When we do this, we begin to focus on inclusiveness of being and not what separates us. We cease to view physiological and sociocultural differences as ‘bad’, negative or threatening. We begin to be clearer in identify what is a safe experience and what is not…

As always our focus determines our reality and if we focus on what binds, and understand our ‘differences’ as something that compliments our own being, then we surely we are all evolving towards something of beauty… SS.

Are You An Introvert

The Labyrinth of Life - Stef SIfandos

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3 Responses to Tuesday 30 July 2013 – Are you an Introvert

  1. joe to says:

    hey stef,

    well i got to thinking about this.. not so much from a perspective of introvert or extrovert, but more in terms of personal taxonomy… how we classify people ourselves. In a lot of cases, our classifications are based on stereotypes, which, for the most part, serve us well.. quite often though, our classification of people and things is inaccurate and creates problems.

    I guess the reason we classify things is so that we can make some kind of sense of the world. Working in the wonderful world of engineering and business improvement i have to put things into broad buckets all the time. sure, it means missing out on some detail, but sometimes you need to look at things from a larger perspective.

    Other times though, the larger perspective does not give us the granularity of information we need to solve the problem we are working on.

    Although classification is necessary (i mean, its impossible to go through all the detail of everything you do and everyone you meet in life) , i guess it would be interesting to delve into a deeper understanding of the filters through which we see the world that influence how we classify things. how is it that two people think of the same thing in two completely different ways.

  2. josephtotten says:

    hey stef,
    well i got to thinking about this.. not so much from a perspective of introvert or extrovert, but more in terms of personal taxonomy… how we classify people ourselves. In a lot of cases, our classifications are based on stereotypes, which, for the most part, serve us well.. quite often though, our classification of people and things is inaccurate and creates problems.

    I guess the reason we classify things is so that we can make some kind of sense of the world. Working in the wonderful world of engineering and business improvement i have to put things into broad buckets all the time. sure, it means missing out on some detail, but sometimes you need to look at things from a larger perspective.

    Other times though, the larger perspective does not give us the granularity of information we need to solve the problem we are working on.

    Although classification is necessary (i mean, its impossible to go through all the detail of everything you do and everyone you meet in life) , i guess it would be interesting to delve into a deeper understanding of the filters through which we see the world that influence how we classify things. how is it that two people think of the same thing in two completely different ways.

    • Excellent thought Joe, I appreciate your thoughtfulness on the topic… I believe you are accurate in many ways, we cannot possibly consciously engage in all of the detail when our senses are presented with a set of circumstances. But we can alter or adjust or refine our psychosocial ‘filters’ so that what we perceive aligns with our personal and perhaps collective values. This can become complicated, or rather require a lot of attention. This is the process of becoming fully self aware and presenting your intention to the outside world…

      Our life’s experiences and interpretations of these experiences determine our filters, our judgements, understanding’s of the world and our responses to our environment. We often make these prima facia associations, which as you mentioned serve an important purpose, it is just unfortunate that in psychosocial circumstances these prima facia associations are often laden with negative judgement and often do not represent intent or a reality of that situation that would better serve all…

      It is via careful analysis of who we are that we can shape or reshape our filters to be more inclusive and far more accurate… SS.

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