Signs you are an introvert
I thought I would make a post detailing a few signs you are an introvert, seeing as I am one myself – and I would love to see how many of you are, too! Note: This post is supposed to be a bit of fun, so please don’t take everything I say here as an exact description. In truth, those who are introverted will have a range of personality factors – not limited to the ones found written in this post.
First off, what is an introvert?
I should start by saying, there is really no such thing as an all-around ‘introvert’ or ‘extrovert.’ We’re all on a scale. Some people are in fact ambiverts. This type of person has a perfect balance of both ‘introvert’ and ‘extrovert’ features found within their personality. For more information, read this post titled, ‘Are you an introvert or an extrovert?’ (the more you know…).
The typical definition of someone who is introverted is as follows: someone who is shy or reserved. A person whose motives and actions are directed inward; whose focus is primarily on their own mind/feelings/affairs.
However, upon further research I’ve discovered that someone who is introverted is in fact: energised by spending time alone. An extrovert is the exact opposite and is someone who gains energy from spending time with others.
My list of signs you are an introvert will be based on both of these definitions.
Signs you are an introvert (or introverted): Thoughts
- First on my list of signs you are an introvert is: you spend more time in your head than you do in the real world. We’re more often concerned with our thoughts. Therefore, it’s no surprise that introverted people like to spend time thinking about specific events or conjuring up new ideas, instead of paying attention to what’s going on around them. Personally, I love thinking about what new topics I’m going to write about on the blog for you, instead of listening to my sister talk about her day. It’s not that I don’t care (or that we’re inconsiderate), it’s just something we’re more inclined to do.
- We often need time to sit and think. It’s almost impossible to daydream or plan your day when you’re in a busy environment. Also, zoning out mid-conversation is not ideal for any of us. People who are introverted often need to take time out for themselves.
- You like to write. This can be creatively, or merely to express thoughts (such as in a diary). At first, I was unsure as to whether I should put this one down. However, if you think about it, it makes sense. If we’re spending so much time thinking about whatever we like g. ideas for a short story, then surely at some point you’d want to write some of it down, perhaps as a future reference? According to the Huffington Post, people who are introverted are better at communicating in writing as opposed to face to face. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a writer, and I’ve always been crap at engaging in real-life conversation.
- You’re more emotionally aware and have a good understanding of self. I feel this is something that comes naturally if you’re always tuned in to how you’re feeling; what you’re thinking etc., which is something that introverted individuals often engage in.
Signs you are an introvert (or introverted): Actions & behaviours
- You tend to avoid parties or places where there will be a lot of people. I want to be careful with this one as I don’t want to play into the stereotype of what an introverted person is. We all tend to think that, during a party, the person standing in the corner of the room alone is the ‘classic introvert.’ This isn’t true. Someone who is considered a social butterfly can be introverted if spending a lot of time around others tends to wear them out. The reason I include this on my list is because some of us who are introverted do occasionally avoid people altogether, for this reason. If I’m honest, I spend 95% of my time alone because people tire me.
- You had a small group of friends instead of a large group in high school and college. As I’ve already stated, being around a lot of people at once can wear us down. It, therefore, makes sense for us to only want to be around small groups at a time. If you preferred to only hang around with a few people at once during school, for this reason, then you may be introverted.
- You don’t rely on others for entertainment. Many introverted individuals could quite happily spend the majority of their time left to their own devices, if allowed. It’s true!
- You’re very analytical and observant. Typically, those who are introverted tend to spend more time analysing people or situations, in order to get a better understanding of our environment. For this reason, we tend to notice a lot of things that other people may miss.
- Finally, on my list of signs you are an introvert: you prefer to listen rather than speak. I feel like this speaks for itself.
So, those are my signs you are an introvert. How did you do? Are you more introverted or extroverted? Feel free to let me know in the comments below! Also, I’ll be posting another ‘Signs you are ____’ next Monday (and every Monday after that), as it’s a new series I’m starting! (*jumps up and down in excitement).
Thanks for reading,
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