Introvert

introvert (n.) someone who, regardless of whether or not he enjoys the company of others, is exhausted by people, and revived by solitude. A distinct type of a person from a misanthrope, who is of the opinion that an unbiased genocide against all of humanity might improve the world considerably; and the opposite of an extrovert, a clueless hive animal often incapable of understanding that some people actually like to be alone and there’s nothing wrong with them so buggeroffthankyouverymuch.

For an illustration of an introvert — also at times a misanthrope — you can see the About page. Not shy, not unfriendly, just not always so interested in all the social crap.

But don’t believe me — believe John Scalzi, or the slightly older words of the Atlantic Monthly of March 2003:

The worst of it is that extroverts have no idea of the torment they put us through. Sometimes, as we gasp for air amid the fog of their 98-percent-content-free talk, we wonder if extroverts even bother to listen to themselves. Still, we endure stoically, because the etiquette books — written, no doubt, by extroverts — regard declining to banter as rude and gaps in conversation as awkward. We can only dream that someday, when our condition is more widely understood, when perhaps an Introverts’ Rights movement has blossomed and borne fruit, it will not be impolite to say “I’m an introvert. You are a wonderful person and I like you. But now please shush.”

Precisely, though I would have used an expression stronger than “shush”.

2 Responses to “Introvert”

  1. Bob O'H Says:

    Are there any Finnish etiquette books?

  2. masksoferis Says:

    Well, typing “etiketti” (etiquette in Finnish) to my trusty bookshop’s search box gave three results: the first was a book about “modern etiquette” (whatever that is; apparently how to properly behave in a flame-war and how to conduct an intra-company romance); the second was an etiquette guide for dogs, and the third for companies.

    Trying the same at a different shop gave two results: the modern etiquette book and one that, apparently, was about the graphic design of labels, the Finnish word for them being the same as the one for etiquette.

    And a closer look at the modern etiquette guide revealed that it is translated from Swedish.

    So the answer seems to be “not really, no”.

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