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What does introverted mean?

  1. executivecatering profile image79
    executivecateringposted 5 years ago

    What does introverted mean?

  2. StandingJaguar profile image79
    StandingJaguarposted 5 years ago

    Introverted and Extroverted is a distinction on where people draw their energy. It is not about (although often mistakenly thought to be) shyness, confidence, or self-esteem.

    Introverts draw their energy from within (hence, "intro"). They are comfortable being alone and comfortable using their minds as exercise and entertainment. Studying and thinking is natural to them, and doing so gives an introvert energy and fuel. On the other hand, interacting with other people spends an introvert's energy. Introverts can literally feel exhausted by having to be at a party or having to do an activity that requires them to project and reach out to others.

    This does NOT mean that they don't like these activities! Introverts can enjoy being social just like extroverts, the distinction is all about the energy. Introverts can enjoy being at a party, but may feel tired afterwards, or they may prefer to stay home because they know they will GAIN energy by being home, but LOSE energy by being out.

    Extroverts are the opposite: they draw their energy from outside themselves (hence, "extro"). They GAIN energy from being around other people, and lose it by being alone or by being forced to study alone. This doesn't mean extroverts aren't smart, either.

    Introversion and Extroversion is a sliding scale, not two separate camps. It is an inherent nature, you cannot "pick" which one you are. About two-thirds of the population is believed to be extroverted, and one third introverted. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. If you want to learn more, you might want to read "The Introvert Advantage: How to thrive in an extrovert world" by M. O. Laney. It has an excellent explanation and discussion on who introverts and extroverts can understand each other and work together.

    1. StandingJaguar profile image79
      StandingJaguarposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      whoops, hope that wasn't too long! big_smile

    2. executivecatering profile image79
      executivecateringposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      No not to long at all it's a very detailed answer thank you it really means a lot to me that you took the time and effort to answer my question, I can't see anyone else giving such a detailed answer so I will choose yours as the best :-)

    3. StandingJaguar profile image79
      StandingJaguarposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks! I've realized not everyone knows or understands this distinction, and unfortunately introverts are usually the ones to suffer because of it. Introverts are often thrilled to find out their behavior is natural and sometimes advantageous smile

  3. everythingdazzles profile image81
    everythingdazzlesposted 5 years ago

    More shy and keep to yourself. Not one to be outgoing and in peoples faces.

  4. lburmaster profile image84
    lburmasterposted 5 years ago

    There are signs of picking out an introvert. They usually have photos or pictures of landscapes, while extroverts have pictures of people more. Introverts are more silent, but they can fake extrovert extremely well if they want to. Introverts like being alone, they need to recharge and recover from spending so much energy of being with other people.

  5. Pete Wolfe profile image59
    Pete Wolfeposted 5 years ago

    Introverts' are content being alone either with ones own thoughts or not, solitude.
    To turn inward or in upon itself. Basically a reserved or shy person.
    Quiet and keeps to oneself.
    Good day mate!

  6. unvrso profile image90
    unvrsoposted 5 years ago

    Introverted is a person who does not show his or her feelings outwardly. An introverted person judges things in the way he or she has learned to throughout his or her life.

    For an introverted person, it is very difficult to externalize his or her feelings or point of view due probably to the NOs he or she has received from his or her parent during his or her growing development.

  7. Beata Stasak profile image83
    Beata Stasakposted 5 years ago

    Introverts look inside of themselves for the answers, extroverts look outside of themselves for the answers, some people better function, learn and grow in a big social groups, some in small groups or alone...

    None of us is totally introverted or extroverted, we are all shades of one or another:)