An introvert is a person who takes time to adjust to the environment and new people. Introvert people get awkward in-crowd and can also be anti-social; they don’t like to interact with many people and usually enjoy spending time with only one or two people.
Carl Jung also researched and invented his theory named “introversion and extroversion,” in which he explained that introverted people are socially awkward people.
4 Types of Introvert!
According to the psychologist Jonathan Cheek, four different types of introverts, social introvert, thinking introvert, anxious introvert, and restrained introvert. Let’s get some more knowledge about these four types of introverts.
1. Social Introvert
Social introverts are the people who choose to be at home and not at a party or in a crowd, not because they may feel anxious or anything but because their comfort level matches their family the best. They may choose to go out with a small group of people close to them but would not choose to go out with a large number of people.
They genuinely enjoy their own company and love to spend time with themselves; they mostly spend their time alone.
If you’re a social introvert, always try to stay close to your family and friends who understand you and love you the way you are! Don’t try to push your boundaries at a gathering where you know it’s out of your comfort level.
2. Thinking/introspective introvert
An introvert, also known as an introspective introvert, is a person who’s mostly thinking about their own self in their minds. They are mostly introspecting in their minds. They’re very keen observant, and have their own inner world, which they are very obsessed with. They spend most of their time in their own world of thoughts; they think very deeply about each and everything they see, hear, or happen around them.
They’re mostly lost in their own fantasies and desires.
If you’re also a thinking or an introspective introvert, you should pursue your hobbies, get yourself a career that suits this trait of yours.
Here are some ways you can stop yourself from overthinking.
3. Anxious introvert
Anxious introverts are very anxious in social situations; they never want to come into the limelight. They mostly avoid going to social gatherings or a crowded place because it makes them feel very anxious. They may be under-confident about themselves. They base their future based on their past experiences and interactions. They may also have negative thought patterns, and cognitive behavioral therapy may help break these down.
Cognitive therapy is a therapy used by psychologists or therapists to cure a patient’s psychological disturbances. If you’re an anxious introvert, you may note down all the situations which you faced and made you feel anxious and look after how you can make such situations better for you to face, also keep a very healthy lifestyle, make a clear schedule and follow it, eat healthy food and exercise regularly. Always let your close ones know how you feel so that you don’t store in the negative energy inside yourself. You may also practice catharsis, which may help you clear your negative thought patterns.
Check out ways to stop automatic negative thoughts.
4. Restrained/inhibited Introverts
Restrained introverts, also known as the inhibited introverts, are the people who are very gentle about situations in their life and think thoroughly before doing anything in their life. They make decisions very clearly and barely make the wrong decisions because they think a lot before making it a final one. They are very observant and don’t have any social awkwardness, but they take some time before opening up to anybody. They keenly observe and notice the people and then only open up. They don’t trust people easily, but when they do, they do it for life.
Signs you’re an introvert!
You may show some significant signs that you’re an introvert; few of them are-
- Concentration- you need to concentrate very quietly.
- You feel very comfortable alone and love your own company!
- Group projects or gatherings are just a big “no” for you!
- You use your thoughts and mostly daydream about finding a solution to your problems.
- You only have 1-2 close friends whom you feel comfortable with!
- Your comfort zone is out of limit when you’re in a social gathering.
- You’re very awkward socially.
- You are mostly lost in your own thoughts.
- You feel more alone and aloof when you’re in a crowd than when you’re actually alone.
- You never want to come to the limelight of the people.
- You avoid small talks at all costs.
- You don’t like to talk on calls.
- You are very observant and observe even the slightest detail.
- Your concentration level is very high.
- You’re an excellent listener and listen to people very fondly.
Myths About Introversion
A few myths about introversion, you must have surely come across sometime!
1. Introvert People Are Unfriendly
Introverts are friendly, but they are socially awkward; they won’t create chemistry when in a large crowd but are friendly if they’re in their own comfort zone. Some people assume that introverted people are unfriendly because they don’t have a big friend group, but that’s not totally true.
2. It’s Hard to Know an Introvert Person
They surely don’t like small talks, but they are not even too mysterious. They open up to the few people who they know they can rely upon. They don’t suddenly make a good relationship, but they aren’t that hard to know once you gain their trust.
3. Introverts Don’t Have Leading Quality!
It’s often assumed that introverts can’t be good leaders or can’t lead, but no, that’s totally wrong! Introverts have the traits and skills to become leaders, too; they are considerate, excellent listeners, making them ideal to lead.
4. Introverts Are Not Shy
Shyness and introvert both are different traits; shyness doesn’t last long; it only occurs when a person is very nervous about a particular gathering with unfamiliar people.
An introvert is a lifetime trait.