Who exactly is an introvert? Many people may believe they’re a true introvert when, actually, they’re not. On the other hand, some people may be more introverted than extraverted, but not realize it. In our society, which seems to praise people who are constantly talking, there’s a bit of a stigma around introverted people: they may be considered weird or overly shy. However, being an introvert isn’t necessarily a bad thing. On the contrary, many of the movers and shakers of the world are introverts due to their ability to calmly, introspectively consider problems and possible solutions. So, what are some signs that you’re an introvert? In this article, we’ll look at five of the most telling indicators.
- You Prefer to Be Alone
It may seem obvious, but if you enjoy being alone you’re likely to be an introvert. If you find yourself at a party, just wishing you could head home and read that excellent book or watch that compelling TV series, now you know why! Actually, many times after socializing a lot introverted people will feel exhausted and want to get away in order to be alone and relax. Of course, introverted people can certainly enjoy being around other people, but they will probably be listening, absorbing information, rather than talking about themselves.
- People Seek Your Opinion
That brings us to our next point. Because introverts are less self-centered, they may not immediately voice their opinion on something. This is partly due to their tendency to not jump to conclusions but rather carefully consider an issue. So, if you find people going out of their way to ask for your opinion on something, it’s possible that you’re introverted. In fact, because you’re introverted (in other words, introspective) people probably value your opinion more highly.
- Other People Initiate Contact
Introverted people prefer to be alone and may not immediately give their opinion on things, so it makes sense that other people would usually be the ones to initiate contact. If you find yourself receiving many more texts or phone calls than you yourself make, you’re most likely an introvert. Introverts would much rather read a book, watch a movie, or play video games than call a friend and talk about the daily grind or the latest gossip.
- You Get Great Ideas when you’re On Your Own
Being alone gives introverts’ time to think, to, in a sense, “meet with themselves” without all the constant chatter going on around them. When you have a person who can solve problems through introspection, and they’re alone without outside distractions, you have a winning formula!
- You Don’t Initiate Small Talk with Other People
Say you’re waiting around at the train station, or standing in line for something. If you’re introverted, you’re probably not the type of person to start a conversation with a stranger about, for instance, the weather or some other relatively small detail. If you are approached and chatted up, you’ll respond and do your best to engage in conversation, but you may feel like you’re putting on an act.
Being introverted is actually a good thing. Although you may have fewer friends and acquaintances, for the most part you won’t care. For introverts, it’s fine to have a few close friends as opposed to many superficial friends. So, if you consider yourself an introvert, be sure to use some of your talents to your advantage. On the other hand, don’t be afraid to reach out to people and act a little more extroverted once in a while.