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.