1. Existing or remaining within: inherent. 2. Restricted completely to the mind.
Since I started reading Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain, I’ve become attuned to how Western society views those that spend their time in their head. In many social arenas, being immanent is not admired or respected. In fact, these introverted individuals are criticized as shy (and shy is not the same as introverted), while those who are gregarious are lauded for having an excellent personality. But being pensive and thoughtful is a remarkable trait; and even a strong sign of character (which is different from personality). I’ve often remarked that I don’t say much, but when I do I mean every word I say. This is because I value myself as an immanent creature; I respect my ability to exist in my head for extended periods of time, to allow my mind to process the world around me, for it is in these moments that I draw strength and the courage to speak with conviction and thoughtful precision.