In this thread, someone asked if it was a sin to be introverted.
Did that strike a chord with anybody else here? „You‘re just not trying – forget yourself for once and reach out“ – „you‘re a coward, scared to leave your comfort zone“ – „you‘re selfish, you don‘t really care enough about others“ – to some extent all of us introverts have heard and internalized accusations like these.
Innate sensory hypersensitivity is widely believed to be a leading cause of introversion. According to Elaine Aron, who built on work by Jerome Bruner, up to 20% of the population may be affected in this way (Bruner found the same to be the case with other mammals too, e.g. 1 in 7 cats). Autism is an extreme form of this: In autism (including milder and high-functioning forms such as Asperger Syndrome), problems with sensory sensitivity and sensory integration are invariably an issue. Recent research suggests that this is caused by too rapid, and as a result uneven, development of the brain before birth and during the first 12 months after birth. Something about too many „minicolumns“ which are responsible for taking in sensory information, and too few „Purkinje cells“ which transmit and process this information, and therefore permanent traffic jams and overload. Social contact is a major source of sensory stress and overload and there is a neurobiological limit to how much some people can meaningfully process.
Any thoughts about the moral and spiritual implications of being socially challenged?