It’s all about energy
Introversion is all about our internal supply of energy. Some people find they are drained by social interaction or stimulating environments – even when they’re having fun – and need time alone to recharge (the more introverted); whereas others gain energy from being with other people or in more stimulating environments (the more extroverted). Ambiverts are people who get energy equally from both types of environment. What helps you feel energised?
Being introverted simply means that you need to manage our energy differently to extroverts. It certainly doesn’t mean you don’t like people! There is no right or wrong way to be, it is how you’re wired (brain imaging tests show how introverts’ and extroverts’ brains react differently to stimulation).
Introversion is a scale and we all have a comfortable position on it. Sometimes introverts will adapt to a situation and be a bit more extrovert – imagine you have to give a presentation – and with the right preparation it’s possible to even enjoy presenting. However, the important thing is knowing you can then return to your introvert status quo and you may also need some quiet time to recharge. It’s like being a spring that can stretch when required, but will return to its original shape once the task is over.
Our schools, universities and work places are often set up to embrace the extrovert ideal, which can make being an introvert hard because you are constantly being told to speak up, to join in, to be more outgoing. Luckily there is a movement of introverts like me who are trying to change this and to help support the quieter among us.
Did you know that around 50% of the population are introverts? This means introverts are not the minority they are sometimes perceived to be.
Remember, as an introvert you can achieve anything you set your mind to, but you will likely need to approach it in a different way to the more extroverted around you.
Introverts are typically:
- Wonderful listeners
- Excellent problem solvers
- Reflective deep thinkers
- Thoughtful contributors
- A calm presence
- Able to think before speaking
- Excel at written communication
- Create powerful connections
- Have great attention to detail