Late reply, maybe a little off topic too, but I can't not reply to this.
Originally Posted by Roger the Dodger
^^I am an introvert... so I fully understand the comics. Except that I do not disappear into myself anymore - I used to, but not anymore. It's something to do with individual evolution, I think. To me, Extroverts and Introverts are like two sides of the same coin. the coin is your personal evolution. The central core of you always demands a peace and harmony no matter what you do or don't do, whether you are in a crowd or alone, whether at war or birdwatching; it's all good as long as the Core is at peace. In the past I used to recoil inward as soon as I felt a jolt from the outer world, because my personal evolution was such. Over the past few years, I am at peace and I don't lose touch with my inner peace of mind and heart even in a crowd - so I speak more than I used to, am comfortable in crowds or alone - it's all good, really. So I could say, previously the coin landed on the side of the introvert and I had to recoil away from society for a while to be close to myself, to observe and meditate within...but of late, the coin landed on the side of the extrovert, and expressing all that I learnt and saw over the past few years, sharing that with the world and learning from sense experience has taken precedence over self-experience, objectifying all the subjective genius inherent in the realm of any introvert has become a duty, with this new evolutionary arc of my individual being. So for now, extrovert it is.
Interesting when you live consciously, how you can see all this.
While this may very well be true for you, I really HATE
it when someone who associates oneself as an introvert says something like this. It affirms societies view that we(the introverts, the loners) need to be 'fixed'. That we have a conditions that can be fixed. That we are just shy, or afraid. That we have terrible manners. That there is something wrong with us. That we are maladjusted. That we have problems that need fixing.
I am not for once saying that all introverts remain one their entire life. People change. So an introvert may very well become someone who is not, or in rare cases, even go all the way to becoming an extrovert. Similarly, the opposite change is possible too(and IMO is seen more often). Maybe you changed. Maybe you were just shy before. I obviously don't know what your case is. But, I know for a fact that being an introvert is not a choice. It can not be "overcome" by "living consciously". And introverts and extroverts are not two sides of the same coin.