Recently, the conversations about people’s personality traits evolve around a belief we don't need to fall into one specific category. You can be an introvert with a few extroverted qualities and vice-versa. And there’s an appeal to both sides of the coin: Introverts are deep thinkers who work well with creative platforms whereas extroverts are seen as go-getters who know exactly what to say, do or wear.
Of course that is a generalization on a much grander scale. In her famous TED talk, “The Power of Introverts,” Susan Cain made a very valid point that being introverted and shy are not necessarily the same thing. She spoke of how introversion is about how people “respond to simulation, including social simulation.”
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Here are a few ways in which an introvert responds in various situations:
1) They literally get lost in a crowd
Gone are the simple days of when we all knew each other so well. That’s why, in a large gathering, introverts tend to draw into themselves – because such an environment, which is overly stimulating, results in them feeling isolated rather than comforted.
2) They don’t like small talk – they prefer to go deeper
They are stimulated by the idea of in-depth philosophical conversation rather than being in what they consider a time-wasting, boring talk that only scratches the surface. So that why, in a large gathering, an introvert is likely to be the one listening if the conversation is light
3) They know how to move a crowd – from a distance though!
According to Jennifer B. Kahnweiler, introverts make up 50 percent of people who speak for a living. So it’s not stage fright that makes introverts weary of public speaking – which is exactly what the second point highlights.
4) Easily distracted but not bored
Their attention spans diverge toward multiple things – which is evident in an environment where introverts are overly stimulated. But if put in a quieter environment, they’ll have no problems indulging in their personal interests.
5) They’re naturally more inclined toward creativity
Introverts often end up in careers that cater to their preferences of social interaction. They also like working either alone or in small groups, one task or problem at a time, which they focus all their attention on.
6) They find their phones are distracting – so they avoid answering
With their praised listening skills, it’s no wonder introverts are called by friends who probably just want to vent. But they actively ignore a call because they might be involved in something they deem more important – which could even be a stray thought they have.
7) After a certain point – they just want to be alone
Each introvert has a point they reach, where they’ve had enough of stimulation and just want to shut off. This is the point when they leave the party or walk away from a lover's spat – the point when an introvert has dealt with as much as he’s been able to and he needs to reboot.