The study of introversion versus extraversion has become more developed in recent years. The wide gulf between the two personality types has caused much controversy and speculation.
Many people confuse introversion with shyness, however, author Susan Cain set the record straight with her TED Talk entitled “The Power of Introverts.”
“Shyness is about fear of social judgment. Introversion is more about how do you respond to stimulation, including social stimulation. So extraverts really crave large amounts of stimulation, whereas introverts feel at their most alive and their most switched on and their most capable when they are in quieter, more low-key environments,” she said.
Introversion versus extraversion exists on a spectrum and there is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. However, there are several traits that introverts have that people who are more extroverted don’t necessarily identify with.
1. Introverts Hate Small Talk, But Love Deep Conversation
Introverts hate engaging in small talk, especially in larger environments. During this time, they may shut down and simply listen and need copious “me time” afterward to digest what just happened. Conversations with one or two people about deeper or philosophical topics are often where introverts truly thrive.
2. Introverts Can Actually Be Actors Or Professional Speakers
Contrary to popular opinion, at least half of people who perform for a living are introverted. This is because they are aware of their strengths, which may be acting, singing, dancing or speaking and are comfortable playing up to them.
However, they often dread speaking to people after a performance or a talk, as this means they must engage in copious amounts of small talk.
3. They Need Alone Time
An introvert not only craves, but also needs solitude in order to recover from social situations. They need this time to be by themselves and recharge their batteries or refuel so that they can better handle the upcoming social interactions.
4. They Don’t Take On the Mood of Their Environment
Studies have shown that introverts do not process external environments in the same way that extraverts do. While extraverts often take on the mood of their environment, introverts often do not do this, as they do not get the same dopamine rush from their environment that extraverts do.
Therefore, external factors, such as music or lights, may not affect their mood as much as it can for extraverts.
5. They Screen Calls and Hate Talking on the Phone
While most millennials hate talking on the phone, introverts hate it even more so. They almost always screen their calls and often let calls go to voicemail unless it seems like an emergency or they have the time they need to dedicate to the conversation.
As they rarely like being interrupted from a task, they often see phone calls as an intrusion whether than welcome interruption.
In this modern age as our forms of communication evolve we become more and more aware of our personality types. Studies are beginning to shed light on the nuances that can help us relate to each other better.