If you have never read this novel, you might google and find the chapter of the life and thoughts of Fr. Zossima, the saintly elder, just to immerse yourself in that sisters Eastern Church's spirituality at its most glowing.
Praying about this to Jesus, I seemed to get this partial explanation. As hard as it would be for me to overcome work-aholism, or talking too much, so it is for others for whom, for example, unnecessary possessions give them a sense of security and a compensation sometimes for feelings of failure about other aspects of their lives. This and this went very wrong, but at least I have this – this being “my work,” “my money,” “my big, beautiful house.” I don’t interpret this to mean that we should all be literal Franciscans having absolutely nothing but a patched up robe. It is the tendency to let whatever the exaggerated habit is stand in the way of Christian love as in “I don’t have time for you because I have this artificial deadline and prefer my work to listening to your woes,” or “I could never live with just what I need because then I would seem and be poor.”
Do extroverts always seem more superficial than introverts? I notice if a new person comes to teach or study at the seminary who is inward and rather silent I always imagine that he or she is deep. Especially deeper than super-extrovert me! But religious psychologists claim that Jesus was totally balanced on these polarities we like to label others and ourselves with. So, if introverts challenge me to be more silent, probably I challenge others to be more open and expressive.