An introvert is a person with qualities of a personality type known as introversion, which means that they feel more comfortable focusing on their inner thoughts and ideas, rather than what’s happening externally. … When you hear the word introvert, you might think of someone who’s shy or quiet and prefers to be alone.
The first few times I heard of the term introversion without really knowing its true meaning, I thought it described something generally to be considered negative about certain people. This pushed me to find out what it is and believe it or not, I got myself willingly and freely sinking into the still waters of introversion which indeed run deep.
Previously, I briefly described who an extrovert is and according to my understanding, I could say that an introvert is the direct opposite of an extrovert. I would like to begin on introversion by looking at its etymology or in simple terms, word formation. It is a combination of “intro” and “version” which basically I would say is a description of a version of people who are ‘inwardly turned’. An introvert is a person who gets emotionally drained by socializing. Now, this is not to mean that introverts do not at all socialize. In fact, introverts are the most amazing social beings you have ever met. It simply means that an introvert will often require a lot of alone time to ‘recharge their energy batteries’ after an extremely stimulating social activity.
The need for recharging from draining is so vital for the introvert that they will leave a social event without notifying anyone. Now, the fact that the introvert is inward turning points us to their very rich inner world. Perhaps you could be wondering what I mean by “rich inner world”. There is a saying that goes that “There’s always more than meets the eye” and this very y much describes the introvert because they are more than what you will see superficially. In other words, you will have to spend a lot of time with a typical introvert for you to really know who they are and still you won’t exhaust everything.
At this point, I would like to drop a few hints that you could be an introvert. Do you:
- Always find it comforting to spend a lot of time alone thinking about stuff as opposed to socializing?
- Almost get a mental ‘burn out’ after an extremely stimulating social activity?
- Tend to listen more than you speak and thereafter are left thinking it over?
- Seek meaning in almost everything and dig deep for the reason for everything?
- Express yourself better in writing than in speech?
- Feel awkward in a group of people who are social and you wonder what your input could be?
- Prefer to have a meaningful conversation with a few friends rather than be in a large crowd of people?
..then you could be an introvert.
Introverts are extremely amazing people and if you are one, welcome.