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Old 10-27-2015, 12:09 AM   #101
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Gosh...... I've always considered myself closer to extrovert than introvert. But after reading all the social activities, friendships, etc., the self-identified introverts here are talking about having, I guess I'm an introvert. My circles of friends (from close to casual), socialization patterns and comfort with some alone-time seem pretty similar to what the so-called introverts are describing here.

Or perhaps the introverts here only think of extroverts in the extreme sense?
Maybe I'm wrong, but I imagine that self-identifying as an introvert is considered to be cool these days. At any rate, I too find it interesting to read some of the posts by people who say they are introverts.
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Old 10-27-2015, 02:51 AM   #102
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Maybe I'm wrong, but I imagine that self-identifying as an introvert is considered to be cool these days. At any rate, I too find it interesting to read some of the posts by people who say they are introverts.
Posting, in itself, is reaching out to others so no one here can truly claim to be an introvert.

I find it exhausting to socialize with others (even via the internet), but it does not mean that I avoid it at all cost. Socialization has its rewards too. But I think that it still puts me on the introverted side of the spectrum. If, on the other hand, one gets energized by social interactions, then one is more likely to be extroverted IMO.

At the end of the day, those are just labels anyway. We each have to find the level of socialization that best fits our DNA so to speak. Going back to the OP, I see solitude as voluntary and therefore desirable so perhaps what you are hinting at is loneliness?
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I'm an introvert and love cruises. I love the calming feeling of watching the ocean as the ship moves along. There are plenty of quiet places on the ship to sit and listen to music, gaze at the water or sky, people watch, or just enjoy the sun and read. I always get a bthe
Ealcony cabin so I can retreat to my cabin and still sit out to see the ocean. We can see a show if we want at night, but don't have to. Sometimes we get off at the ports and sometimes we don't. The nice thing about cruises is the variety of choice if you want to participate or not. Sometimes the guy at the piano bar is great and we spend most nights there, or we find something else or nothing. We have three cruises booked over the next 16 months.


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We have been on several cruises. Whenever we are dining we ask the other diners where they are from and go from there. Example: On one cruise I asked every non-USA individual how they compared their medical care to ours. (All preferred theirs to ours). I will discuss sports, music, etc and can usually have a friendly conversation with anybody. I made the mistake of telling a couple of senior Brits how much I liked Maggie Thatcher. They didn't.

We have shared taxis with other cruisers on shore excursions. No big deal.

OTOH: I have seen many people with a paperback or tablet just reading on a sofa or in the library. And yes you can stay in your room if that's your thing.

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I'm energized by some social interactions, and deflated by others. Everything depends on the people, personalities, and what is said and done during the interaction.

How can you be "one or the other" consistently, when social interactions can involve so many different kinds of people and personalities?

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Posting, in itself, is reaching out to others so no one here can truly claim to be an introvert.
Good point!

I love to post on the internet (obviously!). So, I guess that makes me an internet extrovert, at least, even though I don't seek out the company of anyone but Frank IRL any more and also love having lots of solitude too.
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If you are a solo traveler, cruising can be expensive unless you work with a travel agent (or use Vacations To Go) to find cruises with no single supplement. I enjoy cruising so long as I have a comfortable stateroom to escape to. Paying extra for a balcony is definitely worth it if you are sailing in warm waters. On large cruise ships with assigned dinner seating, you will be meeting the same group of people every evening. On a 10 day Caribbean cruise, I was at a table with 9 other people. Most of them were quite interesting, but there was one old geezer who annoyed me. One evening when I had had enough of his intrusive questions, I chose to eat at the (almost empty) casual restaurant instead. There are lots of choices on an ocean going cruise ship. On a river cruise, there are fewer places to escape to, but you leave the ship every day.
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If you are a solo traveler, cruising can be expensive unless you work with a travel agent (or use Vacations To Go) to find cruises with no single supplement. I enjoy cruising so long as I have a comfortable stateroom to escape to. Paying extra for a balcony is definitely worth it if you are sailing in warm waters. On large cruise ships with assigned dinner seating, you will be meeting the same group of people every evening. On a 10 day Caribbean cruise, I was at a table with 9 other people. Most of them were quite interesting, but there was one old geezer who annoyed me. One evening when I had had enough of his intrusive questions, I chose to eat at the (almost empty) casual restaurant instead. There are lots of choices on an ocean going cruise ship. On a river cruise, there are fewer places to escape to, but you leave the ship every day.
Booking my cruise (solo traveler, own cabin, but will meet up with folks at the cruise) I kept hearing the sound cha-Ching! as yes, not having a cabinmate can be expensive. I couldn't justify the added cost of the balcony and window with the solo booking at all. I do have second thoughts, but my rationale is the same as if I go to an event on land. I didn't go for the fancy hotel. Plus, I'm not much of a water person so I'm sure there will be plenty of water to see beside from a balcony.

I really don't mind the solitude of having my own cabin (can be as tidy or messy as I want ).
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I'm energized by some social interactions, and deflated by others. Everything depends on the people, personalities, and what is said and done during the interaction.

How can you be "one or the other" consistently, when social interactions can involve so many different kinds of people and personalities?

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If one gets energized by social interactions, then one is more likely to be extroverted IMO.

At the end of the day, those are just labels anyway. We each have to find the level of socialization that best fits our DNA so to speak. Going back to the OP, I see solitude as voluntary and therefore desirable so perhaps what you are hinting at is loneliness?
Yes, exactly. These labels are merely short-hand conveniences for describing what is really an almost infinite variety of personality types. I used the words "solitude" and "introvert" to describe my particular situation in a succinct way, whereas the reality is far more complex than a few mere words can convey.

I do think you may be right about solitude vs. loneliness in a broad sense. Solitude tends to imply more of a choice, or something you seek as a refuge from being around too many people all the time. In my case, I've found that while I do enjoy solitude far more than the "typical" person, my recent transition to RE (technically, ESR) has made it pretty apparent that my enjoyment of solitude only goes so far. I can be content with, say, 24 or 48 or sometimes even 72 hours without any real human contact, but when it creeps beyond that I usually start feeling quite depressed and anxious -- and even start to question whether I made the right choice to ESR at this point in my life.

I recently read "How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free" and was able to gain some helpful insights about these issues, and I'm gonna go back and re-read it over the next few days. Ultimately, I know I have to start putting myself out there in the world and making more connections (kind of like if I were looking for a job). Just need as many ideas as I can possibly get to help motivate and inspire me, because the introvert inside me is so reluctant and skittish about taking the initiative.
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Yes, exactly. These labels are merely short-hand conveniences for describing what is really an almost infinite variety of personality types. I used the words "solitude" and "introvert" to describe my particular situation in a succinct way, whereas the reality is far more complex than a few mere words can convey.

I do think you may be right about solitude vs. loneliness in a broad sense. Solitude tends to imply more of a choice, or something you seek as a refuge from being around too many people all the time. In my case, I've found that while I do enjoy solitude far more than the "typical" person, my recent transition to RE (technically, ESR) has made it pretty apparent that my enjoyment of solitude only goes so far. I can be content with, say, 24 or 48 or sometimes even 72 hours without any real human contact, but when it creeps beyond that I usually start feeling quite depressed and anxious -- and even start to question whether I made the right choice to ESR at this point in my life.

I recently read "How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free" and was able to gain some helpful insights about these issues, and I'm gonna go back and re-read it over the next few days. Ultimately, I know I have to start putting myself out there in the world and making more connections (kind of like if I were looking for a job). Just need as many ideas as I can possibly get to help motivate and inspire me, because the introvert inside me is so reluctant and skittish about taking the initiative.
I think it's easy. I'm around your age and FIREd. I also live in the ATL area (NW side of town). Time for a beer.

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I'm energized by some social interactions, and deflated by others. Everything depends on the people, personalities, and what is said and done during the interaction.

How can you be "one or the other" consistently, when social interactions can involve so many different kinds of people and personalities?

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Several years ago, I heard an interview on a local NPR station with an associate professor of clinical psychology from Kansas (that's where he was then, anyway) named Dr. Stephen Ilardi. The topic was more broad than this thread, focusing on mild depression and ways to cope without drugs. His approach seems ridiculously simple, but makes sense. Social interaction was a big item, along with handling rumination (the tendency to dwell on things).

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Someone said solitude is the cure for loneliness. I forget who, but there's truth in that as well.
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I can be content with, say, 24 or 48 or sometimes even 72 hours without any real human contact, but when it creeps beyond that I usually start feeling quite depressed and anxious -- and even start to question whether I made the right choice to ESR at this point in my life.

I recently read "How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free" and was able to gain some helpful insights about these issues, and I'm gonna go back and re-read it over the next few days. Ultimately, I know I have to start putting myself out there in the world and making more connections (kind of like if I were looking for a job). Just need as many ideas as I can possibly get to help motivate and inspire me, because the introvert inside me is so reluctant and skittish about taking the initiative.
Yes, there is no way around it; you just have to take the initiative. However, if you get involved in some activities that have a regular schedule, you will only have to take a big step the first time. After a few months, you will form some friendships. Yes, it does take that long.

I am still learning what works best for me. For example, I participate in a walking group with coffee afterwards, in golf (loads of fun, now winding down for the season), arts events, book clubs, monthly coffee meetings, monthly dining out, etc. Once on the list, I can miss an event if I have a conflicting commitment or simply don't feel like going. I have also tried a group where you dine at people's homes and take turns to host, but I found that too stressful.
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We're all programmed with different personalities, I have a handful of close friends and a very small family (a daughter, a gf...ok and a 65lbs dog) which is all I need. Of course my siblings, mom/dad too but we're worlds apart so not much more than facetime once a week. I'm satisfied with that, I was never a social butterfly nor am I a lone wolf. I love the idea of a ranch with my closest neighbors being a good few acres away but honestly that's just my emotions talking after always being a city slicker in socal. In reality I don't think I'll enjoy living off the beaten path for too long. Additionally I found (in two years being single after my divorce) that I didn't truly enjoy being the lonesome wolf, whenever I went some place nice, or bought something cool I wished I had someone to share those joyous moments with.

So if you're like me then my suggestions are: circle the dating sites + circle the rescue shelters = cure for excessive solitude
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