Welcome to the Introverts Group of Montreal! :-)
If you identify as an introvert, introspective, reflective, cerebral, or a thinker, you probably felt the “onslaught” of a society that worships extroversion and bigmouthedness. I have often been accused of being (or assumed to be) “antisocial” which is totally untrue. Introverts, like any other human being, need to connect with other humans, but not necessarily through non-stop conversations. Just the physical presence of others could alone be socially gratifying.
The way the group will work is as follows: I will try to have some activity associated with each meet up event. The activity is not necessarily an in-group activity, as introverts tend to be autonomous. Introverts also tend not to like small talks, but rather they like conversations that have some essence. And so, an intellectual/creative activity could define a context for our meetings, a context that could stir such meaningful conversations. These activities could be reading a book, writing some thoughts on some subject, night sky observing (astronomy), photography, drawing, going to a museum, attending a musical concert ... etc.
Despite the seemingly “serious” nature of these activities, the main goal of the group is purely “social”. It is for like-minded people to meet and mingle, and for introverts to feel connected to people that they could be comfortable around even when no one talks. So, the above-mentioned events will not have a rigid format, like some book clubs do, the activities will be totally voluntary, and no one is expected to put on a show of performance.
I also will try to run the group in a democratic fashion. First, because I will certainly need help from all members. Second, because I would like future events to appeal to all members rather than only those who share the same interests with me. So, your suggestions about the subject, place and time of events are totally welcome.
One more note about what this group is NOT: It is not a support group. Introversion is not a burden. It is a personality trait, a one that complements extroversion. The fact that this trait is viewed in a negative light by some is the problem of the people who hold that view.
I am looking forward to meeting you! :-)
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016 6:30 PM