Do you consider yourself to be silent? Do you love being on your own and does being alone feel like you are recharging from all the social interactions during the day? If the answer is ‘yes’ then you might have an introverted personality. There are lots of myths and facts about the mysterious and silent introverted people. Like told in the previous post ‘Extroversion‘ extroverted people make up about 75 to 80 percent of the human population. this means that introverted people are outnumbered for about 3 to 1.
When it comes to being social with strangers, introverts may not be the best. They love their alone time, But that doesn’t mean don’t crave human interaction. Introverts tend to focus on their thoughts, on their mind, and they tend to be silent very often. introverts brains react quickly to new information but are slow to monitor change. Introverts brains become more excited when they analyze what steps they must take in the future but hesitate when they need to prepare for action.
Introverts hate small talk, they might seem disinterested in other people because they dislike small talk, however, they only dislike it because it creates barriers between them and others. Instead, introverts crave to feel authentically connected, so they crave deep and meaningful conversations that help lower this social barrier.
You can divide Introversion into 4 types:
- Social introverts
- Thinking introverts
- Anxious introverts
- Restrained introverts
Social introversion is what’s commonly accepted and understood as the stereotypical definition of introversion. Social introverts prefer solitude or small groups of people over large gatherings. These introverts stay at home or some other place of solitude, where they can read a book, watch movies, or read another post on intellyless.com rather then going out to a party. Social introversion is different from shyness because there is no anxiety attached to their need for solitude.
Thinking introversion is a somewhat newer concept. They are introspective, thoughtful and self-reflective, unlike social introverts. These introverts don’t feel the need to avoid large social scened instead, they like to daydream using their rich imagination and creative capacities.
Anxious introvert, on the other hand, seek time alone because they feel awkward and self-conscious. Unlike the social introverts, they experience painful shyness around new people and the anxiety doesn’t necessarily go away when they are alone because they let situations play over and over again in their minds contemplating what might have gone wrong?
Restrained introverts function at a slower pace and prefer to think before they speak or act, they are also known for being reserved. They like to take their time preventing impulse from affecting their decision-making.
Introverts need their quality ‘me time’ (time alone) this is because introverts respond differently to rewards such as food, money, sex, and social status than extroverts do. Although they do care about eating, income, and relationships, they’re less driven about and less enthusiastic about the possibilities of them. Extroverts, in contrast, are more excited to work for those rewards, which is why they are so prone to instant gratification more often than introverts. Introverts are more careful and calculated about what risks to take. this is due to a difference in dopamine activity between the introverts and extroverts brains. Both introverts and extroverts have the same amount of it but introverts brains are less active in the region that generates dopamine.
Introverts are deep thinkers. Since introverts use less activity from dopamine they rely more on a chemical called acetylcholine, like dopamine this chemical is responsible for pleasure. But the pleasure is produced from turning inwards, this allows introverts to reflect deeply and stay focused on a single task for an extended period of time. Acetylcholine also influences them to prefer calm quiet settings over loud crowded places. Introverts tend to be more creative than extroverts. Introverts need solitude to recharge, but it is also within solitude where creativity is found. most artists and writers who identify as introverts produce their best works when they’re in solitude as opposed to a crowded place. Additionally, they feel less self-conscious when they’re alone.