Introvert Monday: So It Returns and OverviewPosted: July 28, 2014
Well, it’s been in a year since I’ve consistently posted on Introvert Monday. Apparently working full time took more out of me than I expected!
At any rate, I’m hoping to restart this series and find exciting facts and stories about introversion. Yay! But since I haven’t written much about this topic in the last year, I thought I would spend today doing a brief overview of what introversion is.
There are many definitions of introversion floating around, but the general gist of introversion is this: “What constitutes an introvert is quite simple. We are a vastly diverse group of people who prefer to look at life from the inside out. We gain energy and power through inner reflection, and get more excited by ideas than by external activities. When we converse, we listen well and expect others to do the same. We think first and talk later,” (Laurie Helgoe, Introvert Power, pg. 13).
2. Introverts need alone time
Introverts regain energy by having time to themselves to think, dream, ponder, etc. This is compared to extroverts who get their energy from interacting with others.
3. Introversion and extroversion are traits that are found on a spectrum
I’ve had many people comment that they thought they were introverted, but they enjoy so-and-so activity. This is partly because no one is 100% introverted or extroverted. You’ll meet introverts who work in fields that require a lot of social interaction and you’ll meet extroverts who occasionally retreat from the world. In fact, even introverts need social interaction and even extroverts need alone time. The key is how much an introvert or extrovert need.
In fact, some people may fall close to the middle of the introvert-extrovert spectrum. They’re called ambiverts.
4. Introverts aren’t necessarily shy!
This is a mix up that happens a lot. Just because a person is introverted doesn’t mean they struggle with severe shyness. Many introverts have no problem talking to strangers or public speaking, they just have to find time alone to regain their energy. Likewise, extroverts can be shy. This can be extremely difficult for them because they desire more social interaction but may have problems finding it.
5. Introversion/extroversion is only one aspect of personality
People are complex. To try to define them by one personality trait is ridiculously simplistic. However, I’ve chosen to write about introversion because it is an often misunderstood aspect of personality.
If you would like to know more about introversion, check out my “Resources for Introverts” page. I would love to hear if you have any suggestions for further reading!
If you aren’t sure where you fall on the introvert/extrovert spectrum, you can take a quiz here.