|Introverts are often see as rude, weird, quiet or loners / Photo by Getty Images|
Not everyone in the world enjoys being in a crowd-filled room and have parties with different people. Some people enjoy the quiet and the solitude when they take their book or watch their favorite movies while they're wrapped around with their favorite blanket. The world is filled with extrovert people especially in the workplace and success determined by what you present to the outside world, but fifty percent of the general population now identifies as an introvert. With this shift in population dynamics, it is important to understand what makes them an introvert.
According to a post shared by Forbes, researchers said that the world is filled with 50% to 74% extrovert people while 16% to 50% are introvert people. The article also mentioned that the words introvert and extrovert was coined by a Swiss psychiatrist named Carl Jung and he mentioned it as the person’s way on dealing with the society and because of societal acceptance of extroversion there are now many misconceptions about introverts. Most people who don’t understand introvert people tend to see them as rude, weird, quiet, or loners. Normal people should understand that introvert people are not trying to avoid other person and they are certainly not afraid of them. Instead, introverts are just wired differently than the extrovert - neither one is better than the other.
Jung also described introverts that introvert people prefer to hang out in small groups rather than being part of the large crowds. They also tend to enjoy activities that require less socialization such as reading, writing, and thinking about plans and other things. An introvert is often more interested in his thoughts that he is with his surroundings. Those chatty extroverts engage more actively with their environment at the expense of self-awareness.
The Genetics of Introversion
On a web post by The Mind Body Green, they mentioned that introverts are not very fond of public speaking. They would experience cold sweats and sometimes, their heart will beat very fast as if it would come out of their ribcage when they go up at the front of the audiences before and while they give out their presentation. Introverts can charge their own batteries by spending a little quiet time alone. Those extrovert people require the presence of others to regain their energy. An introvert can recharge while sitting home alone on the couch.
The first major neurological difference between introverts and extroverts is the brain’s relationship to dopamine. Dopamine has become known as the “reward” drug, the messenger in the brain that causes the person to seek out new, pleasurable experiences. Dopamine reacts to things and situations that bring the person an external pleasure. It is the sensation that brings an individual a sense of pleasure where the brain releases a flood of dopamine and its pleasurable neurological experience that causes the person to seek out these situations.
|A quiet time alone can let them recharge their own batteries / Photo by Getty Images|
Four Types of an Introvert
Human brains have a mix of over 60 neurotransmitters, chemicals that determine exactly how the brain works. While those chemicals are largely the same from person to person, each person has slight differences or own recipe. That recipe is determined by the genes and it is embedded in the person from birth. It also determines many personality traits, such as the person’s tendency toward introversion or extroversion. Although other experts claim that introversion isn’t totally genetic. It gets influenced by the environment at a young age, and our genes allow a certain amount of flexibility in response. This happens through “set points,” which are the upper and lower limits of how much extroversion which the brain can handle.
Moreover, in a web post by I Heart Intelligence, they shared that a psychologist named Jonathan Cheek from Wellesley College was able to determine four types of introversion and called it the STAR model. Cheek noted that there are social introverts who could interact with other people in small groups. This breaks the notion that introverts couldn’t socialize or hate people. The truth is, introverts just avoid crowds but they are not shy people since they could interact with another person on one-to-one.
Thinking introverts, on the other hand, are the people who usually spend their time while doing self-reflection and deep thought. They could spend a lot of time thinking of what could happen on certain things and they could also come up with a lot of creative things and imaginative fantasies that could bring them to their own bubble.
An anxious introvert considers their feelings that drive their preference for solitude. While a social introvert merely feels drained by social interactions and needs extra time to recover, an anxious introvert feels quite awkward and self-conscious around other people. This is especially acute when faced with new people, but may also occur around people they know and even people that they like.
A restrained introvert is a slow starter. They act and move slower than the rest of normal people in the society. This introvert is the tortoises to the hare embodied by the extrovert society. Requiring extra time to wake up, warm up, and take action, the reserved introvert is not to be rushed.