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  • 1. There are 4 types of introverts: social, thinking, anxious, and restrained.

  • Social introversion is what's commonly accepted and understood as the stereotypical definition of introversion.

  • Social introverts prefer solitude or small groups of people over large gatherings.

  • They'd rather stay home with a book or laptop or hang out with close friends, than go to parties with many unfamiliar faces.

  • Social introversion is different, however, from shyness, because there's no anxiety attached to their need for solitude.

  • Thinking introversion is a newer concept.

  • Thinking introverts are introspective, thoughtful, and self reflective.

  • Unlike social introverts, they don't feel a need to avoid large social scenes.

  • Instead, they like to daydream using their rich imaginations and creative capacities.

  • Anxious introverts, on the other hand, seek time alone because they feel awkward and self-conscious.

  • Unlike social introverts, they experience painful shyness around new people.

  • And the anxiety doesn't necessarily go away when they're alone, because they let situations play over and over in their heads, contemplating what might have gone wrong.

  • Lastly, restrained introverts function on a slower pace and prefer to think before they speak or act.

  • They're also known for being reserved.

  • They like to take their time, preventing impulse from affecting their decision-making.

  • 2. Introverts react quickly to new information, but are slow to monitor change.

  • Introverts' brains become more excited when they analyze what steps they must take in the future.

  • But hesitate when they need to prepare for action.

  • Whereas extroverts need to minimize the thoughts in their heads to make a decision, but act quickly afterwards.

  • 3. Introverts dread small talk.

  • Introverts might seem disinterested in other people because they dislike small talk.

  • However, they only dislike it because it creates barriers between them and others.

  • Instead, introverts want to feel authentically connected.

  • So they crave deep meaningful conversations that help lower social walls.

  • 4. Introverts need alone time.

  • This is because introverts respond differently to rewardssuch as food, money, sex, and social statusthan extroverts do.

  • Although they do care about eating, income, and relationships.

  • They're less driven about and experience less enthusiasm for the possibilities of them.

  • Extroverts, in contrast, are more excited to work for those rewards, which is why they're so prone to instant gratification more often than introverts.

  • 5. Introverts are more careful and calculated about what risks to take.

  • This is due to a difference in dopamine activity between introverts' and extroverts' brains.

  • Dopamine is a neurotransmitter associated with sensation-seeking, risks, and new adventures.

  • Both introverts and extroverts have the same amount of it.

  • But introverts' brains are less active in the region that generates dopamine.

  • 6. Introverts are deep thinkers.

  • Since introverts use less activity from dopamine, they rely more on a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.

  • Like dopamine, it's linked to pleasure, but the pleasure is produced from turning inwards.

  • This allows introverts to reflect deeply and stay focused on a single task for an extended period of time.

  • Acetylcholine also influences them to prefer calm quiet settings over loud crowded places.

  • 7. Introverts are more creative.

  • Introverts need solitude to recharge, but it's also within solitude where they find creativity.

  • Most artists and writers who identify as introverts produce their best work when they're by themselves as opposed to in group settings.

  • Additionally, people in general feel less self-conscious when they're alone.

  • So being in solitude helps introverts feel safe to take risks that allow their creative juices to flow.

  • 8. Introverts like the rain.

  • Rain creates white noise that attracts introverts because it signals opportunities for solitude.

  • They find the calming effect pleasurable since it allows them to escape within themselves for the time being.

  • Rain helps lower expectations for the day as well, and isn't as overstimulating as the sun.

  • 9. Pretending to be extroverted can have a negative effect on an introverts' performance.

  • The time introverts spend on pretending to be people they're not, disrupts their usual level of performance.

  • It's important to realize and acknowledge this, since the world is so used to trying to mould introverts into extroverts.

  • 10. Introverts might not prioritize happiness.

  • Although we live in a culture that emphasizes happiness, introverts actually prefer to maintain a neutral emotional state when presented with tasks.

  • Such as taking a test, giving a speech or thinking rationally.

  • This is because happiness, an arousing emotion, may distract them from completing their tasks efficiently.

  • Extroverts, on the other hand, prefer happiness, because it acts as a motivator.

  • Are you an introvert? If so, do you find any of these facts relevant? Feel free to share in the comments below.

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1. There are 4 types of introverts: social, thinking, anxious, and restrained.

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    eason posted on 2018/04/29
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