I had this idea the other day when leading a workshop on teacher wellness for a network of schools in the Detroit area. The reason I'm sharing it here on the blog is that I'd like your take on whether or not it's accurate. And also, if you're experiencing lots of pressure in your soul right now, maybe this little thinking tool can help you identify a next step.
It seems to me that there are inverse pressure dynamics in the souls of introverts and extroverts based on how much time they spend in their energy-giving modes. For introverts, the energy-giving mode is solitude; for the extrovert, it's time with others. BUT, in my experience as an introvert, I do find that I can have too much time alone (e.g., when you add up my prep and my time after school, I can some days be alone for hours, and I can keep this up for many days in a row) and that it can create its own kind of pressure on my soul.
Graphically, this is what I'm talking about:
And so I got to wondering if there was a similar dynamic for extroverts — if they can have too much time with others.
These curves make sense to me given my experience as a soul and my work with others. Human souls have a hard time with too much of even good things; we need balance.
- If you're an introvert and you're feeling lots of pressure in your soul, ask yourself: am I getting not enough time alone or too much of it? How might I move more toward balance?
- If you're an extrovert and you're feeling lots of pressure in your soul, ask yourself: am I getting not enough time with others, or too much of it? How might I move more toward balance?
Best to you, colleague,