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Four Different Types of Introverts

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Introverts are often regarded as misunderstood members of the community; furthermore, introversion behavior itself can occasionally seem suspicious and questionable because people know little about it. Introverts are often misunderstood because of their quiet nature which may cause suspicion to arise in others and sometimes even discomfort. Majority of people view them as awkward people during social situations, the people who lack confidence and communication skills. Although there are a few traits that can be applied to almost everyone, introverts are generally thought of as being quiet and reserved usually.

While most introverts find socializing exhausting, especially at large gatherings and events, but there are also significant exceptions. According to a scientific study conducted by psychologist Jonathan Cheek and his colleagues, there are various types of introverts. When psychologists talk about introversion, they do not always mean the same thing or the thing you know previously. So there are these four different sets of traits, each being described as introversion, but they do not represent the same type of person.

Types of introverts:

The four different types of introverts are as follows:

  1. Social introverts
  2. Thinking introverts
  3. Restrained introverts
  4. Anxious introverts

1. Social introverts

They are people that are introverted by nature prefer to spend time with themselves but are easy to go to a social event or a family hang out. Social introverts enjoy going out with a smaller crowd and do not usually experience anxiety being around people. They have many seasonal friendships, but they do not talk to any of their friends daily because they like to be alone for long time periods. They do not need constant chit-chat or daily conversations with their close friends to be happy. Social introverts also love being home alone usually with their nose in a good book. Social introverts struggle to balance their need to connect with people and their love for solitude. They are also known as extroverted introverts commonly.

The primary distinction between social introverts and other personality types is that the former rarely make decisions motivated by remorse or a sense of exclusion. Instead, they act based on their preferences. Social introverts are recognized as being slightly more extroverted than the average introvert because they truly enjoy one-on-one or small-group conversations. They make friends easily because of their warmth, friendliness, and capacity for empathy, but social introverts find it difficult to maintain such friendships. Expect them to leave early because they have a social battery which runs out fast.

2. Thinking introverts

A thinking introvert has an active inner life and spends much of their time daydreaming. Because they are absorbed in their own deep inner world, they avoid social situations and do not mind other people's presence. They are known for spending the majority of their waking hours in their heads, thinking about life and self-analyzing. They are also known as introspective introverts.

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Thinking introvert has a rich inner life; they are constantly thoughtful and pensive, particularly after reading or watching something. They take into account their feeling of imaginative world and enjoy it. This type of introvert is more intelligent, constantly examining their surroundings and engaging in in-depth conversations with themselves. Because they are constantly watching and thinking, this introverted personality type does not have much time for socializing.

3. Restrained introverts

Restrained introverts are one of the most common types of introverts, but they are less commonly discussed. They take some time to adjust to unfamiliar faces and large crowds before revealing their true colors, but once they do, they are ready to go. The majority of restrained introverts enjoy meeting new people but tend to hold back until they feel a genuine connection with the other person. A restrained introvert appears reserved and a little mysterious because they take a back seat in a new connection and take a long time to observe the new person up to a necessary level. Not only the restrained ones but also the majority of introverts are too reserved before opening up to a new person.

They avoid conversations as much as they can. They are the student who never raises their hand in class, regardless of whether they know the answer to the teacher's question or not. Depending on the type of introversion, they may struggle to be able to utter the words of their response no matter they knew the answer or not.

4. Anxious introverts

The anxious introvert is the stereotypical introvert: from the outside shy and withdrawn. The anxious introvert is seen as the opposite of the social introvert as they struggle too much with large crowds and public speaking and feel extremely uneasy before either of these activities. Anxious introvert frequently refuses invitations or plans because they are aware of the intensely nervous feelings they would experience in a social setting, particularly in large groups, rather than because they prefer to be alone in isolation.

There is constant butterflies in their stomach before meeting new people or seeing new faces; it is procrastinating that phone call they have been wanting to make for the past three weeks, there is awkwardly laughing in a conversation because they do not know what to say or just fear having anything said to be judged. Anxious introverts frequently experience excruciating self-consciousness around other people if they mistakenly believe they are the center of attention. They continue to be mired in unending fears, doubts, rejections, rebukes, and misery.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2023 S Saleha

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