1. What the Heck Is an Introvert, Anyway?
If we could break it down into three key findings, we’d say introverts:
Have deep, rich inner-lives. It’s hard to overstate how “inside their own heads” introverts are.
Prefer solitude to busy environments. Introverts are most at home… at home. Enjoy people, but prefer fewer, deep relationships. It’s all about quality over quantity.
But boiling down an entire personality type to just three bullet points can’t begin to explain the complex and fascinating traits of introverts.
2. Am I an Extroverts?
We humans get pleasure from rewards. It could be food, social status, money, or a hotdog eating contest trophy. Just the anticipation of a reward gets us excited and those feelings arrive via a neurotransmitter called dopamine.
Dopamine is that energetic friend from college who talks you into going clubbing on a Thursday night. When you listen, dopamine praises you with a flood of pleasurable feelings. Everyone has about the same amount of dopamine in them, but not everyone responds to it the same.
3. What if I’m in between an Introvert and Extrovert?
Ambivert: A Name for Those “In the Middle”. So far, we’ve talked about introverts and extroverts as a dichotomy. If you’re not one, then you’re the other.
Perhaps you’re thinking, “Hey, I don’t fit either of these categories!”
Even Carl Jung, creator of the introversion / extroversion theory believed “there is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum.”
If you fall into that “don’t put me in a category” category, you might be what’s popularly known today as an ambivert. That’s someone who identifies with both ends of the spectrum. You feel one way one day, and another way the next.
For example, you may love parties and socializing on a regular basis (an extroverted quality) but you also prefer working alone in a quiet, controlled environment (an introverted quality).
4. Many of the posts on this site relate to me, but some of them don’t. Does that mean I’m not truly an introvert?
All introverts are different in their own little way. Some Introverts prefer not to be bothered by more than two people as some introverts can be so social they appear to be extroverts.
Some introverts struggle to say what’s on their mind, while others are articulate. Some take charge, while others prefer hanging out in the background. The differences could go on and on. Really, there’s no wrong way to do introversion.