Thought-Full Thursday: Purpose & Personalities

“Sometimes the people with the greatest potential often take the longest to find their path because their sensitivity is a double-edged sword. It lives at the heart of their brilliance, but it also makes them more susceptible to life’s pains.”
-Layla Palmer

I read about “double introverts” and “double extroverts” today. I didn’t know they were a thing, did you? The post I read said a double introvert is someone who needs to be alone to recharge AND thinks before they speak. A double extrovert, on the other hand, gets their energy from being around others AND processes things verbally.

I feel like I’m somewhere in the middle. An intro/extro, if you will. I think out loud, I crave connection and I genuinely look forward to social gatherings, but I struggle with feeling overwhelmed during them, and at the end of them (whether it’s with one person or one hundred) I need solitude. Not because I prefer to be alone, but because, for whatever reason, it feels crucial to my happiness and health at that point.

Then there’s my husband, Kevin. I’d say he’s a double introvert. When I first met him, I remember hearing people (that didn’t really know him) saying they thought he was “stuck up”. Obviously, I quickly learned that wasn’t the case and that he is just quiet. (His nickname was actually “Quiet Kevin” when he was a little boy.) And here’s something neat: turns out, information travels a longer pathway through an introvert’s brain, which causes an introvert to process information more deeply, and is likely why they take longer to feel comfortable verbalizing their thoughts.

Anywho- all this doesn’t really have a lot to do with today’s Thought-Full Thursday quote…except that it made me think about how truly complex we all are.

What about you? Double intro? Double extro? Intro/extro, like me?


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