Telepathy And Introversion

19 May 2014

As a person with an introverted personality I don't care much for having open conversations with many people at once. If you're anything like me, you prefer a 1 or 2 person conversation, tops. Generally, when 3 or 4 more people join in and it becomes group conversation, I back down and turn more into an observer and just listen to everyone else. I don't like to fight for attention or for speech.

When I'm talking to someone, either in person or on the telephone, I like them to be private. I don't like others hearing what I'm saying and it doesn't matter what the topic is. I could be talking about picking up bread at the store later which is beyond trivial and no one would really care about that. Regardless, and I can't really explain why, but I just don't want anyone hearing my conversations.

To me, I like to give my thoughts, my ideas, to another person and have their full attention and have it be so that they are the only ones I've chosen to hear my thoughts. It's a personal relationship built on the temporary trust of the conversation itself. I may have certain things to say to someone and oftentimes I'll hold on to those thoughts even when an opportunity to speak is present because there may be others around. It's not like I'm trying to pass on top secret information, because I'm not. I'll wait for a later time when more privacy presents itself to say what's on my mind.

Then a few days ago it dawned upon me the idea of telepathy. When I thought about it, it sounded like the most awesome thing in the world for an introvert. The idea of communicating with others through thought and not vocal, audible speech is brilliant.

From Wikipedia:

Telepathy (from the Ancient Greek τῆλε, tele meaning "distant" and πάθος, pathos or -patheia meaning "feeling, perception, passion, affliction, experience") is the purported transmission of information from one person to another without using any of our known sensory channels or physical interaction.

To be able to do so would have to have certain controls associated with it. For instance, you wouldn't want to be broadcasting your thoughts to everyone all the time. You'd also not want to pick out one person and send them everything you're thinking either. No, you need to exercise a filter on your mind, just like we do with our mouths. It would be most unfortunate to send all of your thoughts out unfiltered.

So we would need to be able to selectively pick someone out to send our thoughts to and only send the thoughts that we intend to send. Since telepathy doesn't exist, by any scientific standards, I don't know what to call these controls or filters of the mind.

But, just the idea that one could "talk" to another person without speaking would be the ultimate in introverted communication. There would be no one to overhear your conversations, or, theoretically, butt in to your conversation either. We would be able to communicate freely, exactly what we want, when we want and not have to compete with others. Plus, if I understand the theory correctly, you could communicate with others in remote, distant, locations and not need to be in close proximity with them.

The speed of thought is fast and imagine if we could communicate like that. If you really think hard about this, we have thoughts, ideas and conversations in our minds without even really "thinking" about it or speaking it "out loud" or by words as thoughts. I can just idly have thoughts that would take many words to say and have these thoughts in seconds and know what they mean. If we could converse, work and even play like that, the possibilities of efficiency are astounding. Imagine not having to have meetings with others where we fumble around with words, our tongues and mouths to get ideas out.

These are all wonderful thoughts, but taking a step back and imagining the idea of telepathy for introverts is a grand first step. I love the thought of being able to think into someone else mind my thoughts and ideas, and them being able to do the same with me.

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