Introvert and Extrovert
Seeing is the relief we seek.
When we understand what is going on in our mind, we become clearer, quieter and enlightened. In every conversation, there is always some truth to be had that is both challenging and inspiring.
Let’s take the process of small talk – what is it, and what is it for?
Small talk has its purpose, and can either be an opener, or a lifetime’s occupation, bearing in mind that there are degrees and levels. Small talk is closely related to the need for people to maintain a positive face, and feel approval from those who are listening to them.
Small talk is the kind of conversation you make when you want to talk to someone but neither of you wants to get into a very deep or complicated conversation. It’s ‘small’ because you talk about unimportant things in a way that fills up silences and makes you both feel more comfortable and friendly with each other.
Small talk can also be a barrier created between people. People who are introverted tend to prefer substantial conversations rather than chit-chat and can be easily intimidated, bored or exhausted by small talk.
An introvert is often thought of as a quiet, reserved, and thoughtful individual who prefers a minimally stimulating environment. Most people believe that an extrovert is a person who is friendly and outgoing, and while that may be true, it’s not the complete picture. An extrovert is a person who is energised by being around other people.
Introverts need time alone to recharge, while extroverts refuel by being with others (which could be said to be feeding off others).
The word ‘introvert’ is often used as a derogatory term to mean shy or timid, but it’s just a type of person – it’s their uniqueness, in the same way as extrovert has its uniqueness. The mind can either be a monster that demands continually to be fed, or it can be given nutrition for introspection.
Introspection: observation of one’s own mental and emotional processes
Ultimately, introverts prefer a less stimulating environment. This is meditation leading to non-meditation without stimuli.
Ultimately, extroverts prefer a stimulating environment with total distraction to pass the time.
When we realise this,
peace begins and expectation ends.