Being Introverted- What Does It REALLY Mean?

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about this seemingly small word. Introvert.

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Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, it affects every part of your life, not to mention your mental health when each type’s core need is not met.

For introverts this need means a lot of alone time, for extroverts social interaction. And I think that since what you are “supposed” to be in order to be successful and popular in today’s society is social and active- introverts can sometimes have  a hard time. Even more so since the true meaning of introversion isn’t common knowledge, leaving many to feel like there is something wrong with them.

I’m hoping to spread a bit of light on the subject so that we can all understand each other a bit better and become more accepting of who we are. 🙂

What Being Introverted DOESN’T Mean

Let’s start by clearing up some misconceptions. Contrary to common belief, being introverted does not have to mean that you:

  • are painfully shy
  • never speak up in public
  • do not like people

An introvert CAN of course have these traits, but it is not what makes them introverted.

What It DOES Mean

Being introverted mean that you gain your energy from yourself, from being on your own. You need space and alone time to recharge your batteries, while an extrovert will become energized by their surroundings and by being around other people.

I could never say it better than this infographic by Roman Jones:

Dr Carmella's Guide to Understanding the Introverted
Dr. Carmella’s Guide ❤

Think you might be an introvert?

I’d say the amount of times you giggle at and identify with these graphs from Buzzfeed could be a decently accurate and quick (or at least amusing) way to measure your level of introversion. 😛

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Final words

Of course people aren’t binary. Most have a mix of introvert and extrovert traits and nothing says an introvert can’t be the life of the party or that an extrovert can’t be uncomfortable around people.
The one thing that really differs is how you stay on top of the madness that is life. And if that is going into hermit-mode whenever you get the chance, escaping into your favourite book for the 17th time, then that’s cool.

You are not boring, weird or alone.

(Or maybe we both are but you know what? It’s awesome. Embrace it.)

gemma corell introvert

Gemma Correll / gemmacorrell.com

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Geek Approved – October

October has now passed and time just continues, barreling down the hallway of life like a crazed quarterback. Seriously. I can’t keep up.
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Me dealing with life.
A lot of cool things happened between exams and curling up in fetal position from lack of life-handling-skills.
These were my nerdy favourites for the past month:

1. Roleplaying

svavelvinter bok rollspel roleplaying book

As I wrote in (Tabletop Roleplaying – My First Time) I have kinda feared the actual roleplaying. Then I was sidetracked with some lovely character creation and forgot to be nervous. But yesterday, the time had finally come.
I would have to actually… act. Or at least pretend in front of people and not just in my head.

But it was amazing. Yes, my face was kind of red. Yes, I had to have a drink or two for bravery. But it was SO MUCH FUN. I love exploring new worlds, through gaming or books and I will now add roleplaying to that list.

The best moment of the night was when my character had to desperately defend herself. At the crucial dice roll which would decide if she would succeed in defending herself with wind magic, or likely die, I scored sixes. Which meant the assassin was literally blasted across the alley by a gust of wind so powerful it took everything in its way with it.
I felt like goddamn Kvothe when he called the wind for the first time.

excited minions

It was, just to cement your view of me as a sad little nerd, everything I’ve ever dreamt of. Can I always be her instead of me? Okay, maybe that’s not a healthy approach. My point is, it felt like being there. The only equally strong sense of stepping into another world and affecting it myself, not just spectating, was when I first played World of Warcraft, many years ago. And that is saying something.

To all others who are afraid of trying out tabletop roleplaying, who thinks it is too nerdy and that they will feel embarrassed playing pretend like that:
With the right friends and someone to guide you through it, it can be an absolutely amazing experience.

2. Guild Wars 2

guild wars 2
I never fell for GW2 like I though I would. It was a very pretty game and I loved customizing my character (so much I made four in a row before even pressing play).
But the story didn’t grab me and I felt that I had no direction or purpose. Sandbox games are not always my cup of tea.

Now though
, on the third attempt, there’s a spark.I’m getting the hang of my abilities and the game mechanics- I’m thoroughly enjoying discovering events and hunting down bosses. I’ve not gotten excited about a “new” MMO in a long while. So yay!
dr horrible fingers crossed

3. Halloween

Halloween is always a highlight for me. But this year things got quite stressful. Eventually it worked out though and I had a brilliant night with my BF and friends.
Here is my costume! (Or you know, the parts of it that fit in a bathroom selfie.)

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I was some kind of Urban Fawn-Demon/Forest Creature. Just go with it. xD

I got lots of compliments on my horns which of course made me go  ~*w*~ (=starry-eyed, overly excited and waving my arms around like a jellyfish, in case that wasn’t clear.)

If you want to make your own for a cosplay or a party or something, you can  have a look at my antler-tutorial here. Quick and cheap, the way I like it. (Y)

What did you enjoy most in October– a book, a movie or dressing up as something awesome for Halloween?

/Joh

Halloween Special – DIY Antlers, Wall Decor and Snack Ideas

Halloween is only two days away and I’m working hard to get everything ready for the small party I’m throwing.
Here are two really cool but simple and cheap DIY’s plus some creepy-cute snack ideas, I hope you like them!

DIY’S

Deer Antlers

For my costume come Saturday I really needed a pair of large, wearable antlers. It can be quite expensive to buy that kind of costume accessories so I looked to the internetz for aid. I found some tutorials on how you could create your own antlers with non-fancy materials. With those in mind, I improvised.
I’m actually super happy with the result, and all in all it only took me about 2-3 hours so check it out. : D

What you need:

  • Tin foil
  • Paper tape
  • String
  • Acrylics (optional)
  • Headband
  • Glue gun or similar sticky-provider
Doesn't look like much.
Doesn’t look like much.

Step 1: Create the basic shape you want for your antlers out of the tin foil. Just tear off a large piece, maybe 30×30 cm, then scrunch and bend away. Add smaller pieces if you want more points on your antlers.

Step 2: Tape all around your foil base, from root to tip(s). This stabilizes and smooths your construction.

Tin foil-base all taped and purdy (...)
Tin foil-base all taped and purdy (…)

Step 3: Wrap thick-ish string around the foil base. This creates a nice, horn-like texture and eliminates any unwanted bumps and cavities you might still have. Cut and glue the edges so they stay put.

Wrapped and almost ready to go.
Wrapped and ready to be glued.

Step 4 (optional): Paint your horns! I choose to keep mine as they were, I was short on time and the string I had used was the colour I wanted anyway. But if you got the time or want black, glossy or just more advanced horns then this is where you make it happen. I’d recommend a darker base with lighter tips and some shading in the ridges to make them pop more.

Step 5: Attach the antlers to a head band. I used a cheap but effective glue gun and was surprised at how little problem this step created. The tin foil and tape base makes your horns really lightweight despite their size and I was thrilled that it actually worked, haha. Most of my ideas work better in my head, but this was not one of them. : D

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Done, except for some last-minute touch ups I’ll probably do as I finish my costume.

Make sure to measure and mark where on the headband the antlers should be attached. Otherwise they might end up at a wrong angle or too low or high for you liking once you put them on.

I’m looking forward to wearing them, even though they are a bit scrappy and rough they look really good on. (I’ll obviously cover the headband and horn roots with my hair, hehe.)

Wall Decor – The Three-Faced God

Or The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Whatever you prefer.
I came upon these simple, white paper masks in a hobby store, they were about 3 dollars each. I liked how impersonal and creepy they looked and decided to paint them a little and hang them on my wall.

What you need:

  • Paper masks
  • Acrylic paint
  • Ink pen
The masks! I actually think they are creepy just like they are, so if you don't want to paint you could simply hang them up straight away, haha.
The masks! I actually think they are creepy just like they are, so if you don’t want to paint you could simply hang them up straight away, haha.
First mask painted. No smudging so far *knock on wood*
First mask painted. No smudging so far *knock on wood*
Waiting for paint to dry.
All three done. Waiting for paint to dry so I can add a little bit of ink.
The finished result!
The finished result!
Three identical white masks, slightly altered by paint. One has red tears running down it's cheeks. One has blood dripping from it's mouth. One has two long, red scars across it's face.
Close-up time.

Not much to say about the process, as you can see it is very straight-forward. I simply painted and tried to not go overboard. I wanted them to be like the three faces of one dark deity– one sad, one bloodthirsty and one serious and scarred.

Snack ideas and strategies

Key element of my preparations for Halloween this year was cheap and simple. Busy-student-style. Yeaaah. With some modifications, these treats will be my saviours come Saturday.

Ghost Cupcakes

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Original recipe: Halloween Ghost Cupcakes

These are just so adorable. I will keep the design but go for a basic muffin batter, with a blood-red center filled with raspberries and white chocolate to make it a bit more interesting.
I’ll make a double batch of both batter and frosting so I’ll also have enough for…

Pumpkin Cupcakes

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via baked cupcakery uk

I think this design will look great next to the ghost ones! I’ll flavour what’s left of the basic batter with carrot and cinnamon (pumpkin and spice would be delicious and maybe more theme-appropriate, but I want to make do with what I already have at home).
I’ll then colour the white frosting orange with food-dye and try to use that to imitate the pumpkin decor, and create the green stems and black features from coloured marzipan.

Spider Cookies

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Original recipe: Chocolate Peanut Butter Spider Cookies

The cutest of them all! Although, I will merely be inspired by the look here as I have friends who are very allergic to peanuts. I’ll do it the quick and dirty way instead:

  • Buy Sugar Cookies
  • Stick a chocolate truffel on top
  • Drizzle melted chocolate to create the “legs”
  • Add edible googly eyes.

Done!

Creepy, Moldy (mmm) Popcorn

Slimy green.
Slimy green.

Just discovered this so I can’t vouch for it, but looks to be exactly what I was after. A bit more complicated than simply slathering food dye on the popcorn, but probably a lot less soggy. Recipe and guide from Wikihow ❤

That was it for the DIY’s I’ve already made and my snack plans!

Come Saturday I will also make a Dead Leaf Curtain to pimp our apartment with, and of course finish my costume.
I might make another post on that and  my party decor, but I wanted to get these up ASAP in case anyone was looking for inspiration but would be out of time by Saturday. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned, mwahaha.

/Joh

(A LoTR-fan’s) Fall To-Do List

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He found himself wondering at times, especially in the Autumn, about the wild lands, and strange visions of mountains that he had never seen came into his dreams. – J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

I can’t help it, I’m obsessed with autumn. And it goes (too) well with my everlasting Tolkien-fandom.
So just for fun, here’s a silly little to-do list for a Lord of the Rings-y fall:

    • Spend an entire Sunday reading, drinking tea and burning pumpkin-scented candles. Occasionally mutter “I want to see mountains again, Gandalf, mountains!” and pretend to be anxious for adventure. Don’t leave the sofa though. [    ]
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    • Every time you light a candle, shout “The beacons are lit! GONDOR CALLS FOR AID!” [    ]
    • Proceed to prance about for a while, building tension, before finally proclaiming “and Rohan will answer!” [    ]

      So majestic. ;_;
      So majestic. ;_;
    •  Take a walk through the woods and try to find a shortcut to the mushrooms. [    ]Pippin- Mushrooms-lord-of-the-rings
    • Accidentally get spider web in your hair and bird poo on your clothes but roll with it and claim you’re cosplaying Radagast. [    ]

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      Leave the rabbits alone though.
    • See a flock of birds migrate south. Hide and whisper “Crebain from Dunland!” [    ]
    • Encourage and study with your classmates before the big exam. When they leave, mumble “I give hope to men. I leave none for myself”. Bonus points for a far-off gaze and dejected posture. [    ]
Sad aragorn is sad.
Aww.
    • Discover the sun no longer burnsss and agree to spend time outside again with the explanation “I come back to you now… at the turn of the tide.” [    ]
    • YellMellon! Meellllloooon!” at your work computer (and anything else you’ve forgotten the password to during the summer). [    ]
      How you feel the the technology fights back.
      How you feel when the technology fights back.

      The last but very important step:

  • Ignore your girl/boyfriend’s exasperated sighs. I found this to be key. [    ]

Good job! You are done and have successfully eliminated all chances of seeming like a normal and well-functioning human being. : D (Y)

Btw, I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I went to see some friends and had so much fun. We played Keep Talking And Nobody Explodes and Until Dawn and I did scream, but not as much as I expected. I think I’m getting braver. Or just more determined to not make people around me go deaf.
Anyhow, I’ll see you in a week, cheers!

/Joh

The Ultimate Harry Potter Quiz Collection

My letter probably just got Errol-ed. It's on its way. It is!
My letter probably just got Errol-ed. It’s on its way. It is!

If you are a fan of the Harry Potter universe, you’ve probably spent a lot of time imagining yourself in it, thinking about what it would be like if you were a part of it.

I know I have.

So in an attempt to do something nice for all you HP-geeks out there (and because I flipping loved doing the research) I’ve gathered the best Harry Potter quizzes I could find in one blog post. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

The Pottermore Sorting Hat Test

This is the big one for many of us. And it is Rowling’s own sorting quiz. Meaning it does not get more authentic than this so just go do it! Pretend it is finally happening.

After all these years of guessing and suspecting, turns out I'm a Ravenclaw. : D
After all these years of guessing and suspecting, turns out I’m a Ravenclaw. : D

(This quiz originally belongs on Pottermore, but the site is undergoing changes. The questions and results are identical so don’t worry.)

Want a more thorough description once you know your house? Clicky!

Slytherin

Gryffindor

Hufflepuff

Ravenclaw

What’s Your Patronus?

You know you want to know. This is an enjoyable and quick quiz and surprised me by being rather accurate.

Fun fact:
Fun fact: “Expecto Patronum” roughly translates to “I await a protector”.

What’s your Animagus?

Wouldn’t it be amazing to be able to shapeshift? I can’t believe more wizards and witches want to attempt it, despite the risks.
Out of the lot of animagus-quizzes that’s out there, this is a rather good one. Not written-by-Rowling-herself-perfect, but creative questions and in-depth results.

If you want an even more accurate suggestion:

This Spirit Animal quiz maybe isn’t Harry Potter-themed per say but perfect for finding your true animagus form.

Minerva McGonagall. Badass since 1935.
Minerva McGonagall. Badass since 1935.

What Job Would You Have In The Harry Potter Wizarding World?

I’m really impressed with this one- fun to take and the result melted my heart:

You got: Dragon Keeper.Some people may find dragons terrifying, but you’re intrigued by the winged beasts. You get to raise them from egg to adulthood, and you’ve come to enjoy their company more than you enjoy being with other wizards.”

How to train your Ukrainian Ironbelly?
How to train your Ukrainian Ironbelly?

What Would Be Your Best Subject At Hogwarts?

Credible results and fun to know! At least for the Hermiones among us.

Which Hogwarts Professor Would Be Your Mentor?

I believe I’m not alone in wishing to have teachers like those on Hogwarts. This is a well-made and accurate personality test and I hope you will be as pleased with your result as I was with mine.

Move over Harry.
Move over Harry.

Which Order of the Phoenix Member Are You?

Why would you be in the Order and who of the original members are most similar to you? Accurate and quick.

Just for fun, or if you’ve had a really bad day and feel like exploring your evil self:

Which Death Eater Are You?

Can’t really say if this was accurate or not, but a bit fun to see who your evil twin would be. I got the Dark Lord himself and I do not really know how I feel about that. He was kinda hot when he was young though. Before all the dying and the no-nose-situation.

Always had a thing for the bad boys in fiction.
Always had a thing for the bad boys in fiction. >.>

Speaking of fictional crushes:

Which Harry Potter Character Should You Actually Marry?

Or date or you know, admire from afar. Whatever level of commitment you’re ready for. Both girls and boys in the result and decently on point.

Which “Harry Potter” Witch Should Be Your BFF?

Chicks before di… er, friends are nice to have! Who would you hang out with? Jokes aside, this was maybe the best friend quiz I found. Desperate for the possibility of a male BFF? (Not my first choice since it seems aimed at quite a young audience. Still one of the better ones, trust me. The things I’ve seen.)

We’re almost at the end now but there is one more thing we just HAVE to know. So…

Which Quidditch Position Would You Play?

Quidditch- a sport so amazing that even muggles play it without even being able to fly. (I would be a Beater! Fear me.)

Serious nerd dedication.
Serious nerd dedication.

So, that was that! I hope you had a bit of fun and got to imagine your life Potterified. I’d love to know your results if you don’t mind sharing them. : D

/Joh

Geek by Joh

So. Hi.
I am the Joh mentioned. I have a Bachelor’s in Game design and graphics, and a Master’s in both General Escapism and Telling Your Mom You Can’t Pause.
I play hunter in WoW, I main support in LoL and I basically always pick the fire-type starter pokemon. I will scream and throw away the controller if someone makes me play Dying Light, Amnesia or L4D though. Working on that.
Here I’ll be writing about games I like (and dislike), books, zombies and all things geek and wonderful. 😀
I hope to see you again!

Jinx- making supports wanna play AD since 2013.
Jinx- making supports wanna play ADC since 2013.