When I mention to someone that I’m an introvert, I’m usually met with some sentiment of surprise. This is less of a comment on my own outspokenness and social nature, and more of an indication that a lot of people misunderstand introverts.
INTJs in particular — I’m astonished how many of you have contacted me about one of the most popular posts on this blog about the peculiarities of INTJs. From what I’ve heard from my readers, introversion is still a bit of an enigma to most of society. (Thank you all for sharing your experiences with me!)
The definition of introversion is simple: an introvert is someone who gains energy by time spent alone.
That’s it, folks. When you think about traits commonly associated with introverts — like shyness or social anxiety — those are separate from being an introvert, although can coincide.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of the book Quiet by Susan Cain, which gets more in-depth into the definition of introversion:
As an introverted writer, I’m going to share some of the observations I’ve made about making my way through the world and what I wish everyone knew about working with introverts. Let’s get started![Read more…]