Posted on February 15, 2021 · Posted in Blog, General, Memo Plus Gold, Personal

An introvert is often thought of as a quiet, reserved, and thoughtful individual. They do not seek out special attention or social engagements, as these events can leave introverts feeling exhausted and drained.

Here are some common personality traits associated with introversion:

You prefer time to yourself.

The idea of being home alone is thrilling, not taxing. These periods of solitude are crucial to an introvert’s health and happiness. Whether you are simply spending time resting or engaging in an activity, solitude is a welcome relief. Introverts often enjoy reading, gardening, crafting, writing, gaming, watching movies, or doing any other activity that is performed alone.

You are drained by social interactions.

While extroverts would not dare miss a Friday night out with friends, introverts know when they have maxed out and need to refuel their batteries. That is not to say all introverts will flake out of parties – they can and do enjoy them as much as any extrovert – but at the end of a long night, introverts need to escape, to recharge and reset.

You prefer working alone.

If a group project feels overwhelming or loathsome, you may be an introvert. Introverts often work best when they work alone. The isolation allows introverts to focus deeply and produce high-quality work. This is not to say introverts do not work well with others; they just prefer to retreat and focus on the task at hand, rather than navigate the social aspect of working in a group setting.

You have a close circle of friends and like it that way.

Do not mistake an introvert’s small circle of friends as a sign that they cannot make friends or do not like to socialize. In fact, they enjoy talking with people and getting to know others. They also prefer the solitude of a small circle of friends. High-quality relationships are a key to happiness for introverts, according to one study.

You are introspective and curious.

You may find yourself daydreaming or working things out in your mind long before you put a plan of action in place or lift a single finger to change anything. Introverts have a very active inner thought process. That also leads them toward self-reflection and research. Introverts are dedicated to pursuing their interests and feeling prepared and well-read.

You are accused of zoning out a lot.

Introverts often “escape” from a situation by zoning out or letting their mind wander away from the task at hand. For you, this may be a way to leave a situation that feels too chaotic or uncomfortable; it is a survival mechanism of sorts. But to others, it may seem like you are unfocused.

You prefer writing over talking.

You are more comfortable writing out your thoughts rather than speaking, especially when you are unprepared. You prefer to think through your response because your communication style is focused and considerate. You can carry on conversations, but if decisions are necessary, you may want more time to consider and weigh your options so you feel confident in the choice.

You ‘feel’ more.

One study shows that introverts are more likely to be diagnosed with depression. This could be because introverts do not feel happy as often as extroverts. It is unclear why introverts do not report higher happiness levels, but it may have a lot to do with how introverts identify happiness. Introverts prefer a higher quality of friendships and emotional regulation. It may be difficult to achieve this high level of satisfaction constantly.

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