Ive written before about how I classify myself as an omnivert.
Even though I can feel introverted at times, when I examine the defining traits I see it’s not entirely who I am.
I don’t mind small talk (I’ve found it can actually reveal a lot about who a person is and what her priorities are).
I learn more through jumping in and trying than through hanging back and observing.
I certainly do not hold my emotions inside or keep them hidden.
When it comes to how I recharge, however, I completely claim introvert status.
While extroverts regain energy through immersing themselves in groups of people—introverts require periods of solitude or silence to recharge batteries.
That need for quiet describes me perfectly.
After a full day with friends, family, strangers or at a conference (BAM, I’m coming for you!) I’m only able to “fill back up” through time spent in silence.
Silence alone is great.
Quiet in a small group with each silently doing her own thing can work.
I crave quiet so strongly I couldn’t believe anyone really recharged through noise until I conducted an informal poll and found friends who insisted Yep to refill/recharge their brain sought stimulation.
(seriously, I thought the recharge through interaction concept was something made up by researchers.)
Discussing with friends why they seek sound to reinvigorate was helpful as it crystallized for me why I’m a seeker of silence:
#1. Silence lowers my stress level.
Even when I’m interacting in an entirely fun fashion I’ve learned too much go go go can, in a sense, be stressful. Particularly at events or conferences where the increased loud-talking, noise and stimulation is a distinct change. My body interprets the change as stress. In addition, if I’m not off doing the fun and frivolous, I definitely require a quiet-break to recharge in order to de-stress and keep going.
#2. Stress provides me daydream time.
I’m a believer in and advocate of giving our brains plenty of interaction balanced with dollops of downtime. Daydreaming recharges me. Choosing to allow my mind to wander after long periods of interaction is, in fact, highly productive. While it looks aimless on the outside, daydreaming assists me in processing the interactions I’ve experienced and recharges my creativity.
#3. Silence is my daily intermission.
We humans talk all too frequently about being facing fears and going out and doing all the things! Yet the bravest part of my day is often when I listen to my body’s request for recharging and am willing to face myself in the silence. It’s a daily time of reflection without the ability to distract myself from…myself.
ideal recharging backdrop.
Once I’ve had my slice of silence (as The Child calls it)–I’m ready to go-go-go once again.
For me an over-abundance of noise or interaction without a break rarely equates to my being productive and never results in feelings of connection.
I see silence as luxurious.
I view silence as restorative.
I feel silence is rejuvenating.
All notions of introvert, extrovert and omnivert tossed aside:
- Which do you seek: sound or silence?