What do you think of when you hear the word ‘introvert’? Does it bring to mind images of maladjusted loners locked within the confines of dimly lit, book crammed rooms? Or, perhaps you picture a curmudgeon of indeterminate age angrily peering through grimy blinds, and muttering curses at the ‘goings on’ of the world outside?
‘Introvert’ is actually a termed coined by psychologist Carl Jung to describe the way a person functions internally with the external world. For instance, an extrovert is energized by interactions with people. You know, those individuals who love parties, going places, and making as many friends as possible. As opposed to the introvert whose energy levels are drained by prolonged social interaction, and need solitude to ‘recharge’ their batteries.
There are varying degrees of introversion. If 10 was extremely introverted, and 1 was ‘might as well go out for a drink with your ‘extraverted’ friends’, I would be a number 9. I am not a reclusive hermit, but the exposure I need to other people is very limited. I have always been quite content to spend the majority of my time alone. There’s a difference between being ‘lonely’ and being ‘alone’. Simply put, I love solitude.
Needless to say, being an introvert and having a chronic illness makes it a little easier to take. I find myself spending a lot of time at home and out of most social spheres. Um, so, what exactly is the problem?
Recipe Of The Week #2
~Black & Blueberry Tart with Whole Wheat Walnut Crust~
~3/4 cup finely chopped toasted walnuts
~3/4 cup good quality whole wheat flour (King Arthur), or GF all purpose flour
~1/4 cup raw organic honey
~1 egg yolk
~6 tbsp. melted butter
Combine all in bowl and press into a 8 in spring form pan. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 min.
~2 pints fresh blueberries
~1 pint fresh blackberries
~2/3 cup raw organic honey
~1 tbsp. cornstarch dissolved in 1/2 tbsp. water
~1 tsp salt
Mix all in bowl and spoon onto crust in spring form pan. Bake at 350 for approx. 40min.