I am Introverted and I will loudly proclaim that! Well, not loudly. I might use caps lock, but… no I won’t. I’ll whisper it quietly in my corner of the Internet and hope people will notice, but not try to talk about it, because I don’t like talking to people I don’t know.
I occasionally write posts on this blog about Introversion; Myers-Briggs-inspired thoughts on what it’s like being a female ISTP married to a male INTJ with children who are, as I write, possibly ESTP and INFJ; how religious community can affect Introverted people (for better or worse); and maybe at some point will delve a little into what it’s like when Introversion, Melancholy, Religious / Cult settings, Clinical Depression and Anxiety Disorder interact. But that last point will have to wait until I can do more research. (It’s more lived experience than social science and psychological truth.)
Disclaimer: my education and training is in the field of Sociology, not Psychology, though there can sometimes seem to be an overlap between the two areas. My personal experiences entail religion (both functional and dysfunctional), mental illness, the lived reality of being an Introvert whose type most connects with descriptions of the ISTP variant in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), so when I touch on these topics it is based on personal and extensive reading, experience and interest, but not on any academic approach. As stated elsewhere on this blog, I am not making any claims as to the essential truth or veracity of contested psychological viewpoints regarding personality type, introversion-extroversion, etc.
Please note: Some of my posts might touch on mental illness-related topics and may therefore be triggering. Please exercise caution if you are likely to be triggered by references to anxiety attacks, controlling or dysfunctional religious settings and toxic social dynamics. Do not hesitate to seek medical attention if you are experiencing anxiety or depression symptoms. Mental illness is highly prevalent in Australia. If you or someone you know is suffering mental illness, even if the symptoms seem like not that big a deal, please consult a doctor, an appropriately accredited mental health professional, and / or find more information at BeyondBlue (www.beyondblue.org.au).
Also note: Anyone making any claim in the comments of this site, whatsoever, that mental illness is a symptom of spiritual attack, religious inadequacy or similar, will have their comments deleted. Just as diabetes, cancer, broken bones, eyesight deficiency and infections are not generally considered demonic presences, mental illness – to oversimplify, the brain having issues with its wiring and chemistry – is not demonic, but rather a treatable or manageable set of medical conditions with a number of possible causes that can be different for each individual. A medical practitioner or mental health worker is going to have a better chance of accurately diagnosing and prescribing a variety of treatments for mental illness than someone with a platform, an audience and a certificate in Biblical hermeneutics. There is no end of material online full of research and anecdotes from people exploring how religious groups can cause serious damage to the mentally ill. A quick Internet search for terms like “post-traumatic church syndrome,” “toxic religion,” etc. may provide some further reading on this topic (at varying levels of usefulness).
Articles on this blog relating to Introversion, usually in the context of the rest of life:
- NaNoWriMo 2014 – Day 18
- NaNoWriMo 2014 – Day 28 + Currently listening to
- Snapshot from the reading pile
- Spontaneous Lament of an ISTP (with excessive parentheses)
- Squandering / Enjoying my Friday
- Mid-winter Taizé, July 2015
- Only 2 months and 21 days until NaNoWriMo and I can’t wait
This article first published: 30 July 2015.
Last updated: 10 August 2015.