Today’s Daily Post – INTJ asked Do parties and crowds fill you with energy, or send you scurrying for peace and quiet?
I take after my parents on this – avoid crowds unless absolutely necessary. Or, like my brother – if surrounded by good friends in an adventurous setting, then it’s sane insanity. Otherwise, if I have to go and there aren’t any familiar faces (be it convention, conference, what have you), then there’s a strong chance I’ll keep close to the door or be sure that an easy escape route exist.
Don’t get me wrong – I love my adventures in the city (this includes some of the madness that came with Emerald City Comicon, or larger than usual crowds at the SAM). If I go solo, there’s no one to lose but myself. If I go with friends, then I’m ‘anchored’ in terms of sanity, safety and squashing the ‘flight’ response.
Tonight, I could (should) feel guilty in bailing out on two possible appointments. Instead, I took comfort in reading my meditations and drawing. Yes, the drawing was part of the Arthouse Co-op project collection, and technically there was a deadline to tonight’s doodling, but it was soothing, letting the lines just go in time to the music.
Read a wonderful post by Denise this evening that supported my choice, not that I needed outside justification; it’s nice to know I’m not alone in the need of ‘rest’ or ‘slowing down.’ There’s a reason why “The Introvert’s Way” by Sophia Dembling is one of my favorites.
Then again, my time with the meditations is wonderfully quieting.
How about you? Comfortable among the crowds or secure in the silence?