A psychology professor at Pepperdine University, Cindy Miller-Perrin, explains that “Shyness reflects an anxiety or discomfort associated with social situations, but introversion is really just a preference.”
Exactly. I prefer to be by myself for large stretches of time. I’m a writer, after all. But I also love meeting friends for lunch or a long walk.
Extroverts, on the other hand, “tend to be more comfortable with bigger groups and more likely to find enjoyment in engaging in lots of social activities,” according to Miller-Perrin.
I think an extrovert enjoys going to cocktail parties and events with lots of people they don’t know. I don’t think extroverts feel comfortable sitting at their writing table for hours making up stories or, even worse, writing TRUE stories about themselves and their loved ones. And then publishing those stories.
Me? I love writing “real-life” stories. I love it so much I’ve gathered them in a book and entitled it Flashes of Life.
Basically, I’m sharing my beating heart and tender soul to the reading world.
An extrovert flinches at the idea of soul-baring.
Extroverts would be selling their book on street corners, grocery store parking lots, dinner parties, and any bookstore that would accept their frantic knocks on the door.
Me? Cowering in the corner, whispering, “my book is available now.”
But (extroverted) readers who pre-ordered and read my book are shouting out to friends: BUY THIS BOOK:
“Your writing style is so easy to read and it makes me laugh and cry sometimes at the same time. You really are a gifted writer …I will recommend it to everyone and give it as a gift to many friends!” Judy, owner of a fitness studio
“I am so loving your book! It’s hard to put it down. It’s beautifully written, of course, but the content grabs your heart and won’t let go. I wish I had met your Mom. What a personality! And so much love between you…Thanks for sharing these wonderful stories with us!” Dianne, museum tour guide
There are more. But I’m too introverted to share them. My Pub Date was May 15. I’m late for my party, but here’s the link to Amazon for the paperback (click here).
Okay I’m slinking back in my writing corner.
What about you? Are you first to the party, or last?