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|Introversion is not the same as shyness
- but they are often experienced together.
Many shy people may continue to experience discomfort in social
situations because they limit social interactions to reduce their
anxiety, but also if they tend to be more introverted than extroverted.
Being shy can also relate to being highly sensitive - very aware of and
responsive to other people's moods and judgments - and to our own inner
|Elaine Aron, PhD writes:
"Because HSPs (highly sensitive persons) prefer to look before entering
new situations, they are often called "shy." But shyness is learned,
not innate. In fact, 30% of HSPs are extraverts, although the trait is
often mislabeled as introversion. It has also been called
inhibitedness, fearfulness, or neuroticism. Some HSPs behave in these
ways, but it is not innate to do so and not the basic trait."
Highly Sensitive Person.
Weaver on being shy
because I am very shy, when I meet a director and they are shy too, we
just sort of sit there.
I remember when I met Ang Lee and we were left
alone -- we were supposed to have tea with each other ...
| ... I was
and he was so shy neither of us said anything to each other for about
20 minutes. Finally, we started talking about
"The Ice Storm."
from article : Keeping us guessing - Drama? Comedy? Sci-fi? Nothing is
too alien for Sigourney Weaver - by Susan King, Los Angeles
Times Jan 30, 2005
photo: as Lt. Ellen Ripley in Alien: Resurrection (1997)
are wired differently from extraverts and they have different needs.
Extraverts get their energy from interaction with people and the
external world. Introverts get their energy from within themselves; too
much interaction drains their energy and they need to retreat from the
world to recharge their batteries.
can be extreme extraverts, extreme introverts, or a combination of
both. Since extraversion is the dominant mode in our society, there are
no "closet extraverts," but there are many "closet introverts," people
who are so ashamed of their introversion that they try to be extraverts.
belong to two distinct groups :
A: Self-sufficient, confident, hardworking, with firm goals,
self-actualizing, reserved, preferring activities that involve inner
experience and introspection; and
Group B: Shy,
timid, withdrawn with low self-concept, lacking in communication
skills, demonstrating fear of people, dread of doing things in front of
others, who prefer being left alone.
Jelinek won the Nobel Prize for Literature
Thursday for novels and plays that starkly depict violence against
women, explore sexuality and condemn far-right politics in
The 57-year-old author, best-known for her
semi-autobiographical novel "The
Piano Teacher" -- made into a
movie in 2001 -- was a surprise winner. She is the first Austrian and
ninth woman to win literature's highest accolade.
|Jelinek said at her Viennese home she
desperation than happiness" at the news, telling Reuters it would turn
her into what she "never wanted to be -- a person in the public
The reclusive writer, said by one editor to "show
no mercy either to her themes or to herself," said she would not
collect the 10 million crown ($1.36 million) prize in person.
"I am not mentally able to withstand that. I have
a social phobia and cannot stand these large crowds of people," she
Her unemotional descriptions of the power play in
sex and human relations, and outspoken political views, have alienated
many in her native Austria but have also won her respect as a fearless
feminist writer who makes bold use of language...
Reuters, Oct 7 2004 / photo by Jacqueline Godany/Reuters
||It was the most
terrifying thing I've ever done [her off-Broadway stage debut in The
Glory of Living].
I'd been working in front of a camera since I was
a kid, but the only live audience I'd ever faced was when I stood up in
front of the class and delivered a book review. I'm enormously
[Parade, Aug 3 2003]
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from UCLA news article
Shyness Can Be
UCLA scientists identify how introverts' stress response
increases their risk of infectious disease, including AIDS
you react to stress influences how easily you resist or succumb to
including viruses like HIV, discovered UCLA AIDS Institute
in the Dec.15 edition of Biological Psychiatry, the new findings
the immune mechanism that makes shy people more susceptible to
than outgoing people.
ancient Greece, physicians have noticed that persons with a
temperament' are more vulnerable to viral infections," said Steve Cole,
principal investigator and assistant professor of hematology-oncology
the David Geffen School of Medicine and a member of the UCLA AIDS
the AIDS epidemic, researchers found that introverted people got sick
died sooner than extroverted people," said Bruce Naliboff, co-author
a clinical professor at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and
Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.
study pinpoints the biological mechanism that connects personality and
UCLA team studied the effect of stress on viral replication in a group
of 54 HIV-infected men. All of the men were still in the early stages
the disease and in good health. ...
researchers put each man through a series of stress tests in the lab to
measure the response of their autonomic nervous system.
the scientists monitored the subject's response to a tiny stimulus,
as an unexpected beeping sound. ....
persons didn't adapt to the beeps as fast as other people," Cole said.
"Their heightened nervous system response indicated that the sound was
more irritating to them."
representation of human
virus from niaid.nih.gov
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difference is that extroverts deal almost exclusively with a world
themselves while introverts take the world within to process
a little mysterious, the best way to tell in a heartbeat is that
get energy interacting with other people and with the stimuli in the
(noise, lights, motion) while introverts get very drained by this. ...
have a word of caution for introverts here. An ounce of prevention is
a pound of cure. Why not raise a little consciousness instead?
friends and family that you're an introvert. They may not know what
means and a little educating goes a long way. ...
stop apologizing for yourself and your legitimate needs and interests.
Introverts like Warren Buffett, Michael Jordan and Steven
made it to the top by being exactly who they are and you can too.
interview in November 2003 GLOBAL:EQ
Fenn site theintrovertzcoach.com
resources and support... a series of ebooks: "You Can be an Introvert
inertia alone that is responsible for human relationships repeating
from case to case, indescribably monotonous and unrenewed.
before any sort of new and unforseeable experience with which one does
not think oneself able to cope.
who is ready for everything, who excludes nothing, not even the most
will live the relation to another as something alive.
Maria Rilke. Letters
to a Young Poet
Shows Up in Brain Scans, Study Finds -
Inherit Shyness, Study Suggests
& AP stories -- Jun 19, 2003
brains of shy people overreact when they see strange new faces, which
explain personality differences and also offer ways to treat anxiety
U.S. researchers said on Thursday.
people who have seemingly overcome their innate shyness have an
reaction in the amygdala, the emotional center of the brain, when shown
a new face, the researchers found.
who had been judged as toddlers to be inhibited showed in the scans
the amygdala structure in their brains responded much more actively to
unexpected sights than did those subjects who had been judged as
to be more outgoing, said Jerome Kagan, a researcher in the department
of psychology at Harvard University.
is support for the notion that the reason they were shy, timid and
when they were 2 years old is because they had an excitable amygdala,"
suggests that shyness is a temperament that can be inherited, but the
said this temperament does not necessarily determine one's eventual
are now 22 years old," Kagan said of the test subjects. "A lot of the
who were fearful aren't fearful anymore. They have overcome it. But the
question is, did they still have a very active amygdala."
on the brain scans, Kagan said, the answer is clearly yes.
were conducted on 13 people who had been evaluated as shy as
The results were compared tests on nine people who had been evaluated
children to be outgoing and bold.
had assumed, but never measured, that ... the shy, inhibited group had
inherited a certain chemistry" in the amygdala, Kagan said. ....
children are shy and others are outgoing, he said, these traits can
change with time and life experiences. "People overcome their shyness,"
Kagan said. "You can also acquire shyness."
> book .Psychology:
An Introduction -- by Jerome Kagan
Carl Jung described introversion and extroversion as two in-born ways
people gain and lose personal energy.
understood that introversion and extroversion are on a
one end are introverts. They feel depleted by too much external
and are energized by internal sources (ideas, impressions,
at the other end of the continuum, are energized by external sources
socializing, things) and lose energy during down time.
people use both sides of the continuum almost equally. We all possess
ways of increasing and decreasing energy but most of us inherently
more introverting or extroverting to accumulate our energy resources.
is often confused with introversion but it is social anxiety and either
introverts or extroverts can be shy.
PsyD, MFT -
her site: The
Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World
see Lucinda as someone who's definitely reaching forward but there's
for her emotion to go. Peter wrote about the sensation she had sitting
inside a corset, which he described as a "crinoline cage."
such a metaphor for how she exists in the world: She keeps banging into
things, and doesn't know why she keeps bruising herself. She meets
who's got no skin on his emotions and no skin on his bones - Ralph
lost quite a lot of weight for the part: he was a stick
isolated people don't develop skin the same way that people who are
Jan. 1998] - about
portraying her character
on the book Oscar
and Lucinda - by Peter Carey
seemed like an odd choice for someone as shy as I am. I don't really
conversations with strangers. I am a big homebody. But I get so excited
about bringing a character to life and imagining what their world is
that I forget to be nervous. I guess I hide behind a role.
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