I am an introvert. This is one of the reasons why I blog: it is a quasi-social interaction that occurs without anyone else actually around. It’s on my terms and it’s not really emotionally demanding of me. I get tired out if I’m around people for too long.
And yet, I am fully cognizant of the absolute necessity of community. One of the reasons I’m at SSU in the first place is because of its ingrained insistence that community is a fundamental component of the learning process.
So, I find myself caught in this tension: I know that I need people and community. I also know that I need my own space. Too much of either of these does bad things to me. I refuse to invoke the “b” word (balance) here because I don’t believe it exists. At the same time, I wonder if any other introverts out there have gained some wisdom in this tension?