Getting the Words Out

https://introvertdear.com/news/the-science-behind-why-introverts-struggle-to-speak/

I don’t know if I’d consider myself an introvert and so I was initially turned off by the title of this article. But once I read the article, I came to accept that maybe I do have more introverted qualities than I thought (I know, people, this shouldn’t be something I have to “come to accept,” but alas, I haven’t quite shed myself of the negative connotations associated with introversion I learned at some point down the road). A lot of the article was very relatable, especially when it comes to finding difficulty getting the right words out in class/in a conversation with someone. At Williams, so much quality content comes my way in class and in conversation that it takes me some time to process it to give it a reply that does it justice. But it seems like everyone else’s brains work a lot faster (a special shoutout to my PolySci lawyers-in-the-making friends) and I’m often left struggling to inject some coherent fragments into the five second space allotted me.

I want to become a faster thinker and processor, but also don’t want to compromise the thoughtfulness of my responses. I love late-night conversations the best because they tend to be slightly slower and more drawn out, giving me more time to formulate my replies, yet just as (if not more) rich.

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  1. I guess the whole introvert/extrovert divide is important to recognize, but I think it’s pretty blown out of proportion most of the time. Or maybe that’s just because I’m someone who walks the line between them. Anyway, often the conversations where I take the longest to respond are the ones I’m actually most engaged in, where my brain is moving through a lot of ideas that are tough to narrow down into coherent sentences! I don’t think there’s anything wrong with taking some extra time to formulate your thoughts, especially in 2-3 person conversations.

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