For a long time people that know me have been telling me they think I may suffer from depression and/or anxiety. So much so that I began to believe it. I am still somewhat open to the possibility, but my position on the matter is: so what? I'm not hurting anyone. I'm certainly not going to alter my body chemistry just because it doesn't match what is "normal". Where would evolution have gone if all species could change themselves back to "normal"?
Last night I read this article about shyness, introversion, and social anxiety. It confirmed many of my thoughts on the matter, and got me to research introversion more. Before, I had been aware of the general idea of introversion/extroversion (never studied psychology that much), but I did not know that it could be such a specific and pervasive behavioral trait. After much reading I found that on the introvert/extrovert scale, I'm about as introverted as you could possibly get.
Anyway, in the article the author references Winifred Gallagher: “The glory of the disposition that stops to consider stimuli rather than rushing to engage with them is its long association with intellectual and artistic achievement." It got me thinking about religion. Are introverts more likely to analyze the inconsistencies and problems with religion before (or even after) committing to one? How many atheists are introverts?
So, do you consider yourself more introverted than extroverted? A poll would be awesome, but I don't see an option to add one.
So true. Most psych test fail under this association. Prior knowledge spoils the results.
I read that article a few days ago myself. Being a social psychology major, I was pretty intrigued by the evolutionary perspective because I've never thought about it like that before. But I really found your questions about how many atheists might be introverts extremely interesting. I might just have to add that to my list of possible studies to conduct!
While I'd like to think I'm a pretty fair balance of both, I'm definitely more introverted than extroverted. While I do have days where I go out and I act more social than what's normal for me, I have more days where I'm fine staying at home reading or studying for classes. Even though I go to a bit of a party school, I don't feel like I miss anything by not going out every Friday to go club hopping or whatever. I enjoy thinking things out and trying to figure why people act like they do. I know for me that all bled over into my thinking about my religion a few years ago. I started noticing things that didn't sit well with me and in the end, it all led to my becoming an atheist.
Ever tested your intro/extro personality profile?
I'd have to agree. Much of what is deemed "healthy" and "unhealthy" in psychology seems to be more rooted in anecdotal rationale than anything else.
It's right cos society says it's right. Not because it's better for any other reason. Just because it's what social needs dictates, doesn't mean it's actually improving anything.
Kill all dissenters, is good for society. Be the dissenter's voice is what drives progress.
Social behaviour is extroversion and while that might drive society onwards, introversion is what drives it upwards. Ex/social conformity, is what makes society keep working. Introversion and non conformity is what makes society progress.