Autodidact: self-taught


I’m Not Crazy

by V. L. Craven

 I’m Not Crazy, I’m Just Not You by Roger Pearman and Sarah Albritton
-001- Introversion, whose conscious awareness is likely to be focused on the inner world of thoughts and ideas…
-002- Extraversion and Introversion, Jung was concerned with the physical direction of the minds eye. For a given individual, it is directed either mostly externally, seeking to exert and collect its energy from the outside world, or, internally, focusing on and drawing sustenance from a vivd and rich inner world of thoughts and ideas.
-003- The person who prefers Extraversion is responding externally, seeking an event to be experienced. So strong is this impulse that the Extravert may talk outloud, even when alone, in order to make the experience an external event and make his thoughts real.
-004- Without the functioning of Introversion, the Extravert babbles like a shallow brook soon to be evaporated by the heat of living. The individual who prefers Introversion is aware of the internal world of experiences and is generally less in tune with the Extraverted energy field. The Introvert uses Extraverted functioning as a practical way of getting from the sofa to the bathroom in an unfamiliar home, or finding the correct gate in a busy airport. But the trip provides no source of stimulation, and having arrived at the destination, the Introvert may wonder what route she took to get there. An Introvert without the functioning of Extraversion simulates a catatonic state of being.
-005- Modern research suggests real differences in the brain activity of Introverts and Extraverts—Extraverts are stimulus hungry. Extraverted minds seek external activity, change, and interaction to create the energy needed to guide the self through the day.
-006- Sometimes children give us the most natural and expressive examples of type in action. We, the authors, are inveterate observers of children, our own and others’, and we will offer stories of them throughout to illustrate our points. And while we recognize that type is not the only force at work in these interactions, sometimes the type influence is so clear that we have to laugh out loud. A story from each of our households illustrates what can go on when Introverts and Extraverts get together.
-007- “Son, I was just thinking out loud. Sometimes I talk about things in order to understand them. Don’t you ever do that?” Wells laughed as if he had caught Tom trying to pull a joke on him and replied, “No, Daddy, I don’t. That’s backwards.”
-008- But the Americanized version of Jung’s formulation has led to the false conclusion that Extraversion means outgoing and gregarious behavior, and that Introversion means shyness and withdrawn behavior.10 The kernel of truth is that Extraversion seeks to initiate and Introversion is inclined to receive and reflect. Shyness, however, is a function of anxiety when in the presence of other people, and it occurs regardless of a preference for Introversion or Extraversion. It is more probably related to early childhood experiences. Likewise, gregariousness is also largely a function of expectation and training, and occurs in Introverts and Extraverts alike.
-009- Extraversion initiates in the environment; Introversion is initiated within a person and spends its energy by painting an internal picture of what is real.
-010- Individuals with the Sensing preference are drawn to facts like metal to magnets; they feel an urge for clarity and prefer that the matters they deal with be of practical importance.
-011- Jung wrote that Thinking types experience the world as an object, Feeling types as a subject.13 In other words, those with the habit of initially stepping out of a situation and looking at the variables see the world as an object; those who look at the relations involved and step into a situation to attend to its effects on others see the world as a subject.
-012- Remember that the opinions of others are often based on what they see as best for them, not you.

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