Psychology

The Psychology of an Introvert

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An introvert is an individual that prefers their own company or the company of just a few over a crowd or large group. An introvert usually enjoys calm, minimally stimulating environments.

Did your social butterfly wings never grow? Would you rather be the lone bat in the cave than the belle of the ball? Do you feel out of place in a large crowd but right at home when you are, well right at home alone? If you answered yes to most or all these questions, chances are you are an introvert

What is an introvert? An introvert is an individual that prefers their own company or the company of just a few over a crowd or large group. An introvert usually enjoys calm, minimally stimulating environments. Socializing can often leave introverts feeling drained and thus they regain their energy by spending time alone. This has much to do with how introverts’ brains respond to dopamine differently than extroverts’ brains.

While extroverts get a strong feeling of enjoyment from being the center of attention in a large group, introverts do not. This does not mean, however, that introverts are necessarily shy or have difficulty socializing. Introverts may socialize easily; the difference is that do not have the need for socialization very often. Common misconceptions about introverts is that they are rude or even mean, this is incorrect. While anyone has the capacity to be rude and or mean, introverts aren’t necessarily either just because they prefer to be alone then to be in the company of others.

Yet not all introverts can live or spend much time alone. Those that must live in communal situations do not necessarily go crazy because they are often around other people. Psychologist Jonathan Cheek identified what he refers to as “thinking introverts” as individuals that don’t always have an aversion to crowded areas or social events that are usually associated with introversion. Instead, they find solitude in their own thoughts.

 

 

“You’re capable of getting lost in an internal fantasy world,” said Cheek. “But it’s not in a neurotic way, it’s in an imaginative and creative way.”

The mind of an introvert just works differently.

 

Por: Alexandria Addesso

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