An interesting piece popped-up today in Yahoo News about the differences in brain activity between introverts and extroverts.
Researchers using brain scans have found introverts have more brain activity in general, and specifically in the frontal lobes. When these areas are activated, introverts are energized by retrieving long-term memories, problem solving, introspection, complex thinking and planning.
I like that the article also dismisses a common misconception about introverts:
They’re not slow, inattentive or shy. Shyness is behavior that may diminish as children grow; introversion is a character trait that lasts.
Granted we usually come-off as being misanthropic or arrogant to extraverts as we don’t like to engage in small talk or be anywhere that is loud or busy for long periods of time, but I think we’re pretty easy to understand.
I’d forgot about the aformentioned article and it’s now cracking me up… for instance, this is a good description of why we don’t like most meetings or small talk:
We tend to think before talking, whereas extroverts tend to think by talking, which is why their meetings never last less than six hours.
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.