Adam Blatner

Words and Images from the Mind of Adam Blatner


Originally posted on May 15, 2008

Lately I’ve come to appreciate even more Carl Jung’s ideas about introversion and extraversion, especially as I’ve watched my own fluctuations of mental “energy.” I get drained by external stimuli, distracted, overloaded, rather than energized by these sources; on the other hand, I am energized when I can process ideas through my own active creativity. This latter dynamic can seem extraverted because it is outgoing, interactive. I can teach, draw out others, lecture impromptu, dance, smile, and be very involved—so for a while I thought I might be mixed extra- and introverted; but then I realized that these pseudo-extraverted activities were merely social vehicles for my own psychic energies finding expression.

An example of this happened a few weeks ago when I was at Disneyland with my grandchildren and grandnephews. I enjoyed it, but as I’ve become more mature, I notice differences in the qualities of enjoyment, both intensity and type. Compared to quieter, more introverted experiences, well, I didn’t enjoy these rides at a deeper level in the same way or to the same degree. I also periodically felt overloaded and accommodated my need to withdraw from all the external stimuli: I brought along a little song book and read and sang some interesting songs to myself while waiting for the kids to come off a ride or while in a long-ish line waiting for a ride. I need this psychic energy coming from deep inside and through me as my source, while external sources of stimuli are a little draining. I realized that many people prefer this other channel and resonate better with it, and our tourism industry thrives because of this. I wondered how some of the kids at Disneyland were not just tired, but also cranky because they were more introverted and became fairly quickly saturated with external stimuli.

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