Am I an Introvert?

So according to the dictionary, an introvert is defined as a shy, reticent person and I'm definitely not shy nor am I reticent... but I find myself staying home a lot more than I used to. And tbh, I really enjoy being by myself. I used to think that I am most definitely an extrovert (characterised as an outgoing, socially confident person) but I honestly don't feel as energised as I used to be when I am in large crowds of people. So here I am, googling the psychological definitions and attributes to these two terms in hopes of understanding the shift in my own personality.

So let's attempt to understand the introvert-extrovert dichotomy. Here goes.

The terms extraversion and introversion were first coined by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung in Psychological Types back in 1921 and has since pioneered an insightful understanding in human behavioural patterns and attitude. Extraversion and introversion essentially formulate and dictate a person's complex personality. Fun fact, Jung's theories are also the basis for the popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality questionnaire!

According to many psychologists, no one person is completely an introvert or completely an extrovert with the most of us sharing certain traits or degrees of introversion and extroversion. Some may show more degrees of one to the other and this may change depending on a few aspects, namely the culture that the person lives in, time and on the person itself.

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Common introvert traits:

  • Introspection - exploring and reflecting within oneself
  • Solitude - alone time
  • Calm and silence - deep, unverbalised thoughts

Other introvert idiosyncrasies:

  • Emotionally sensitive
  • Hates phone conversations
  • Has a few close friends with strong or unbreakable bonds
  • Are often spiritual
  • Tendency to overthink or over-worry
  • Love some sort of structure to their life
  • Prefers deep conversations over small talk
  • Writes better than they speak

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Common extrovert traits:

  • Sociable
  • Enthusiastic
  • Out-going

Other extrovert idiosyncrasies:

  • Has numerous, broad interests
  • Knows lots of people and has a large number of friends though the bonds are generally less strong
  • Feels isolated when they are alone
  • Looks to others for ideas and inspiration
  • Tends to be action-oriented
  • Friendly and talkative
  • Enjoys and gets energised by socialising
  • Are generally more open

(Traits are compiled from 'What is an introvert?', '5 Personality Traits of Extroverts' and 'Extraversion or Introversion')

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As prompted and suggested when you take a personality quiz, I took a minute to really think about the descriptions and found that there were more introvert traits that definitely felt more natural and comfortable to me as opposed to the extrovert traits. Funnily enough, when I was researching and reading about extraversion... I couldn't help but think of my brother. His whole personality just screams I-am-an-extrovert through and through LOL.

Anyways, still curious... I took a personality test! And OMG apparently I belong in "The Consul personality (ESFJ, -A/-T)" and I am more extraverted than I originally thought I was?!

Turns out, I am a social creature that thrives on staying up to date with what their friends are doing (which explains the FOMO that I get when I'm on social media) and my type of personality make up 12% of the population. The quiz that I took gave me results on eight different aspects of my life covering strengths and weaknesses, romantic relationships, friendships, career paths and so on. I won't go into any of the details of my test result in case any one of you guys would like to try the quiz yourself. Click here for the link to the quiz!

Okay, I have to say one thing about the quiz though. IT IS SCARILY ACCURATE. I mean, I thought I was an introvert but my results and the explanations to it are just eerily precise so... I guess I am more extraverted than I originally thought. Anyways, enjoy the quiz if you've decided to go for it!

It's been real fun to write a post on something that I was doing and researching out of boredom 😊. Till next time!

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