Introversion & Introvert Definition

The psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung coined the terms introversion and extroversion in 1910, and they have been central to psychology ever since.

Introverts (or those of us with introverted tendencies or personality trait) tend to recharge by spending time alone and engaging in solitary activities, like reading, writing, solo artistic endeavors, etc. They lose energy from being around people for long periods of time, particularly large crowds, or from lots of small talk. They love to focus on their inner world of feeling, thinking and introspection.

Introverts can be shy, but shyness does not necessarily mean you are an introverts, so not all shy people are introverts.

Extroverts, on the other hand, gain energy from other people. People with extroversion actually find their energy is sapped when they spend too much time alone. They recharge by being social, engaging in social activity & behavior in social settings.

Since introverts and extroverts are the extremes of the scale, the rest of us fall somewhere in the middle. Many of us lean one way or the other, but there are some who are quite balanced between the two tendencies. These people are called Ambiverts.

Understanding if you’re an extrovert, introvert, or ambivert is important to optimising your mental health.

What kind of person are you? What kind of social situation or social setting do you prefer? Are you anxious at a social event or social gathering, or do you have good social skills and you’re a social introvert and you just have an introverted tendency?

Are you an introverted extrovert and are fine with social events & social situations? Are you an anxious introvert or just a calm restrained introvert?

We have an excellent post on jobs for anxious introverts and introverted persons.

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