What is an introvert?

The introvert personality is probably one of the most misjudged personality types. Introverts are often labeled as shy, anti-social, stuck-up, and/or lonely.  More often than not this is just a false assumption as it may be difficult to get to actually know a person who is an introvert.

So what exactly is an introvert? Introvert comes from the Latin words Intro meaning "inward" and Vertere which means "turning".  An introvert therefore is a person who turns inward.  Introverts tend to be more quiet, reserved, and introspective. A common example would be after attending a party or spending time in a large group of people, introverts often feel a need to "recharge" by spending a period of time alone.  It is said that while some people look to find something to wear so they can go to a party, introverts look to find the energy to go to a party! 

A few other common traits of introverts are:

- Friendships will be fewer, but have deeper connections

- Will tend to be more sociable in conversations that are meaningful rather than those on small talk "chit-chat"

- Enjoy solitude and comfort/peace with being alone

- Self-awareness is very high

- Learn best from watching

- Occupations that offer independence have more appeal.  Person will also tend to thrive and perform better in this environment.