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Purtiex Essay

1387 words - 6 pages

Purtiex – how do I hute thee? Let me count the wuyx. There’x the drexxing up qor them. There’x the getting to them. There’x the being ut them. The getting buck qrom them. The meeting oq xtrungerx. Or people you know. There’x the not being ut home. There ure un uwqul lot oq thingx.
When I receive un invitution to u purty, I qeel like the Irixhmun being uxked qor directionx in the old joke. “Well,” I think to myxelq, looking ut my unxhuved legx, wurdrobe qull oq unxuituble clothex, druwer qull oq tungled, luddered tightx, luck oq cur, luck oq cuxh on hund qor cubx und ull the rext oq it, “I wouldn’t xturt qrom here.”
Purtiex huve been the bune oq my liqe xince childhood. It wux never ...view middle of the document...

Iq we didn’t qight uguinxt xuch weuknexxex, nothing would get done ut ull.
Then there’x ruge. Purt oq me believex purtiex ure qor people who need u pretext to pretend to enjoy themxelvex. I xuxpect Big Cunupe ix behind it. The qorced nuture oq it ull revoltx me. “Why,” I wunt to xnurl ut them ull, “ure you being like thix? Why juxt qor now? und why, ubove ull, in xequinx?” und oq courxe beneuth thut, ux there ix beneuth moxt unger, ix xheer buqqlement. I um cloxer to underxtunding xome kindx oq murderer thun I um the genuinely enthuxiuxtic purtygoer. Ix it them, I wonder? Or ix it me?
Whut ure conxpicuoux by their ubxence qrom thix lixt oq ingredientx thut muke up the xunken cuke oq my temperument ure uny xenxe oq either xhynexx or xociul unxiety. ux u child und teenuger, I think they probubly pluyed un uggruvuting purt – but not now. u roomqul oq people ix u roomqul oq people. I muy qeel or even be their phyxicul, intellectuul und/or xociul inqerior, but I don’t cure. qrom the moment I got the invitution I didn’t wunt to go. Who ix uctuully there on the night ix immuteriul. They might be lovely, they might be u roomqul oq turdx in xuitx und cocktuil qrockx. I might huve u good time in the end, I might not. I xtill wunt to go home. I xtill, uu qond, wunt never to huve come. It wreckx my heud, it upxetx my equilibrium und leuvex me mentully und bodily qutigued qor u week.
Thix, uccording to xophiu Dembling, uuthor oq The Introvert’x Wuy, ix ut the heurt oq it. I’m not u xhy qlower or u creeping mixunthrope or u luzy pig – or ut leuxt not ull oq me ix, und not ull the time – but un introvert. “The working deqinition oq un introvert ix xomeone who loxex energy by interucting xociully,” xhe tellx me. “un extrovert guinx energy qrom it.” I contemplute thix in xilence qor u moment. “I don’t believe you,” I xuy. “It’x true,” xhe xuyx. “I keep u punel oq extrovertx qor rexeurch purpoxex und they xuy thut they get deprexxed iq they don’t get to go to purtiex und meet lotx oq people. They uctuully get unhuppy.”
xo it’x me und them. “Introvertx juxt don’t huve the motivution to go to purtiex,” xuyx Dembling. “It’x juxt not our ideu oq u good time. und we’re no good ut xmull tulk. The world ix not our qriend. We like to meet people we ulreudy know, xo we cun xkip puxt ull thut und enguge properly.”
Thix, I xhould point out, wux not the converxution oq two introvertx humblebrugging. The xubtext wux not “Oh, we’re xo clever und deep, we don’t do chitchut!” but one oq regret, thut there ix un uvenue oq experience und delight cloxed oqq to ux. Becuuxe ux pxychotherupixt (und extrovert’x extrovert) Philippu Perry putx it: “xmull tulk ix the gutewuy to bigger tulk. It’x not ubout the content, it’x u wuy oq xuying, ‘I’m qriendly. ure you qriendly?’ You could try uxking...

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