Archive for December, 2010

New year haiku

ring in the new year
reflecting on the past one
make resolutions?

I used to make resolutions. Haven’t made any for a very long time…realized I never kept them for longer than a month at most! lol


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Yet another site discovered in the quest for finding a way to live as an introvert in an extrovert world. Wildmind, who is also an INFJ like myself, suggests a way for us quieter types to be more ‘out there’ without having to compromise who we really are! She suggests we learn to promote our quieter ways in the workplace and social situations as alternatives to busyness and constant talk and action. As introverts, we think first and speak later, highly valuable qualities to have at any time in any situation but particularly useful in disputes. We should also embrace our highly developed intuition to pick up on energies that seem off, reach out to someone who’s having problems that are unspoken for some reason or another offering help or at least a sympathetic ear.
We introverts can help ourselves by learning how not to put ourselves into situations where we feel tongue-tied and/or overwhelmed. When put on the spot, could say instead, “I require time to consider this in more depth, I will get back to you on this within…. x hours or days or ?

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Christmas madness

Twas a few days before Christmas, shoppers
dazed and bewildered, wandered through the store
selecting groceries from off the shelves,
paying for purchases, minds are elsewhere.
In quick succession, three people stepped out
there in front of my cart – could not stop quick
so each was hit gently, not one was hurt
just dumbfounded why I ran into them!

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More surfing on the ‘net led to this link that provided a quiz to measure how introverted a person is. The quiz combines the Briggs-Meyer system and the research of Carl Jung. I took the quiz and it revealed a lot: I’m an INFJ and here are the results.
Perhaps this site will prove insightful for anyone who is introverted or anyone who is in a relationship with someone (or who wants to be in a relationship with one;). Suspect you might be an introvert? Take the test.
Learning how to be an introverted in an extroverted world continues….

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Winter haiku

Solstice approaches
the frozen pristine landscape

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Being an introvert in the work environment is a major challenge! Surrounded by extroverts, in situations where input is expected on the spur of the moment in meetings and dealing with the public makes for a very stressful environment. Providing input on the spur of the moment is the exact opposite of what introverts are able to do. Interviewing for a new employment opportunity usually doesn’t go well, introverts don’t like to talk about themselves, hate bragging themselves up and don’t come across as sociable. And that is just not desirable in the workplace. Frequently get overlooked and pushed aside by assertive extroverts. Suspect a very high percentage of a bully’s victim’s are introverts.
Here is a link to an article on the introvert in the workplace, found this to be very insightful and full of information about the quiet person who sits there in the next office cubicle, often overwhelmed by the expectations of extroverted co-workers and employers. Perhaps this might be a great article for everyone in a workplace to read.

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Not poetry this time, but some thoughts on introverts. I have recently realized I am one. Keenly aware I’m a highly sensitive person and shy as well. The latter, however, has been proved untrue, as after reading material found on numerous websites, discovered I am indeed an introvert.
Introverts are very misunderstood, and that would be putting it mildly! Particularly by extroverts who think we’re either some kind of alien being or antisocial, a snob, mentally ill, not too bright etc etc etc. The truth is, introverts are none of these! We’re just ‘wired’ differently! We often seem tongue-tied, unable to just speak at length on the spur of the moment. There is a reason for this, introverts require time to gather information to make an intelligent, well thought out response to a question or a comment someone has made. Idle chitchat and small talk not our forte! Social gatherings where everyone stands around and just talks turn us into blocks of stone, seemingly unable to speak. Extroverts who do not understand introverts need to click the link to the article and read this, perhaps more than once if the first read-through is too much to take in at one time. Introverts are people and it’s very insulting to be labelled all those unflattering terms. Only a small portion of an introvert is ‘on display’ in public, we’re private, reserved, quiet but we aren’t stupid nor deaf. Introverts can hear the comments made.
As I come across more websites on introversion, I’ll add them.

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