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Question #1

What does introvert mean?
I took a quiz and I am an introvert. I decided to read about it and for awhile there I was in the “Hey, that’s me!” boat! I’ve always thought it means I’m shy or anti-social, which I am, but bottom line is introverts:
*are drained by social encounters and energized by solitary
*tend to be more reserved and less outspoken in large groups.
*are likely to enjoy time spent alone and find less reward in time spent with large groups of people, though he or she may enjoy interactions with close friends.
*are the ones who have to be dragged to parties, who are the first ones ready to leave after a short period of time, and who generally enjoy solitary activities such as reading, writing, and daydreaming.

So.. is this a good thing or a bad thing? Being an introvert is by no means a bad thing – introverts are generally good listeners, and though they are known for having fewer friends, the friendships they do keep are typically very strong. Perhaps the greatest downside to being an introvert is that several studies have shown that people with extroverted personalities tend to be happier. The qualities and characteristics of introverts are often held in a negative light in today’s world, so it’s only natural that the majority of people seem to think that there’s something wrong with them. The reason why the majority of people think that there’s something wrong with introverts is because the majority of people aren’t very knowledgeable when it comes to introverts, in terms of why they are the way they are and why they do the things they do. So here are five things extroverts should know about introverts:

1. If a person is introverted, it does NOT mean they are shy or anti-social. Introverts are just wired differently than extroverts. There’s nothing “wrong” with them. They just become energized through different processes depending on where the majority of their brain activity takes place. Granted there are introverts who may be shy and anti-social, but that’s just a coincidence that perpetuates the myth that ALL introverts are like that.
2. Introverts tend to dislike small talk. If you really want to engage an introvert in conversation, skip the small talk. Introverts tend to love deep conversations on subjects that interest them.
3. Introverts do like to socialize – only in a different manner and less frequently than extroverts. introverts can do a lot of things extroverts are naturally good at – give great speeches, schmooze with everyone, be the life of the party, charm the socks off of total strangers – but only for a short period of time.
4. Introverts need time alone to recharge. They need time alone like they need food and water. Give them their space. There’s nothing wrong with them. They’re not depressed and they’re not sad. They just need time alone to recharge their batteries.
5. Introverts are socially well adjusted. Introverts have a lot to bring to the table. They have an amazing ability to discover new thoughts, an uncanny ability to focus, to concentrate, to connect the dots, to observe and note things that most people miss, to listen extremely well and are often found having a rich and vivid imagination too.

Now that you know I’m an introvert.. which one are you?


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