INTROVERSION: “Ten Things Introverts Want You to Know” / BRAINY DOSE ☮

Here are some things introverts want you to know about them! If you’re an extrovert, chances are, you don’t fully understand introverts, or some of the things they do. And if you’re an introvert, you likely feel misunderstood a lot of the time… and will probably closely resonate with the things on this list.

When it comes to personality types, it’s typically introvert vs extrovert. (If you have the qualities of both, then you are an ambivert). But, the biggest difference between introverts and extroverts is that introverts gain energy from being alone. It’s very important for introverts to take the time to just be alone with their thoughts. But, that doesn’t mean they don’t know how to have fun!

One of the things introverts want you to know is that they are not necessarily shy or anti-social. They often get a bad rap as being people who hate to be around others. This simply isn’t true. Not all introverts hate socializing, and not all of them are terrible at talking to others.

Often extroverts will go out of their way to try to make introverts more like them. However, one of the most important things introverts wish you knew about them is the fact that you cannot make them more extroverted! It’s just the way they are, and they want you to accept that.

PHILOSOPHY: “Shadow Work: Owning Your Dark Side (feat. Emerald)” / Einzelgänger ☮

According to Jung, part of self-realization is the integration of the Shadow into our personality. When we make the unconscious conscious and stop rejecting the unwanted parts of ourselves, we break the chains that hold us back from moving towards a state of wholeness. The process of integrating our ‘dark side’ is called Shadow Work.

PSYCHOLOGY – ANALYTICAL: “Carl Jung’s Theory on Introverts, Extraverts, and Ambiverts” / Sprouts ☮

Introversion and extraversion are terms first coined by psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung in Switzerland of the 1920’s. According to Jung, an extravert seeks intensive contact with the outside world. An introvert instead turns the psychic energy inwards. Jung believed that no one is 100% extravert or 100% introvert instead we carry both traits. However most minds tend lean either on one side or the other. If both characteristics are equally present, we can speak of someone who has has an ambivert personality.

NEROSCIENCE – COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: “Religion is Nature’s Antidepressant” / Big Think / Robert Sapolsky ☮

“Essentially there has been no culture on earth that has not invented some form of what could be termed ‘meta-magical thinking'”, says Robert Sapolsky.

Why does religion seem to manifest in culture no matter what?

COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: “Why We Fear What We Can’t Control: Airplanes, Hospital, Old Age / big think / Tali Sharot ☮

Fear is a motivator—often, when we’re scared, we feel that we want to leave a situation. That so-called “pull” that you feel often has more to do with wanting to be in a place of agency and control than it does, say, being scared of the dark, or flying. Actually, fear of flying is a great example for what Tali Sharot proposes. We all know that we couldn’t actually fly the plane if we were giving the controls, but we’re more-so afraid of giving up all of our perceived control. You’re three times more likely to crash in a car than crash in a plane but we all feel as if we are in control… which is why you don’t have many people scared of driving. Tali does a great job explaining the mentality behind fear, and her video here is worth a watch.

INTROVERSION: “Making it as an Introvert (feat. Simon Baxter)” / Sean Tucker ☮

As an introvert I have always found it challenging to compete in the freelance photography world, but I’ve learnt some tricks which have helped. On a recent trip to Lindisfarne I made this video to talk about looking after yourself, choosing your photography genre, and some business tips as well when selling yourself to clients, all without having to fake extroversion. I also had a great time sitting down with photographer Simon Baxter to hear about his experience as a solo woodland and landscape photographer.