The 4 types of introverts: which one are you?
In analytical psychology, the definition of introversion classifies different types of introverts into four categories. Thanks to the age of communication, we have more knowledge about this type of introverted personality, known for choose to be alone with own thoughts than having to deal with crowds.
Introverted people, often described more easily by what they are than what motivates them to be like this, are finally being understood. Still, we cannot restrict people to black and white, extrovert and introvert. There are many more of our personalities that we can get to know in order to understand. Recent studies demonstrate that we can identify 4 types of introverts.
The 4 types of introverts
1. Social Introverts
They are closer to the common belief about introverts: people who prefer to stay at home rather than having to go out or being alone rather than being in a group. It’s important to distinguish this from shyness. Social introverts feel no anxiety about their choice, they are not afraid, they just feel better about their own company. They generally prefer small groups of friends or solitude among large crowds.
2. Thoughtful Introverts
They are people who do not share the social preferences that social introverts have; their introversion has nothing to do with groups of people. These thinkers are very reflective, introspective and thoughtful. They spend a good deal of time pondering in a creative and imaginative way. One way of describing them would be “lost in their own world”, but not in a neurotic way.
3. Anxious Introverts
They are usually the ones described as “shy”, because their introversion comes from feeling uncomfortable with large groups of people, due to a lack of confidence in their social skills. They tend to brood about how things could have happened or what would have happened if they had participated in an activity, said something different and even how everything could go wrong.
4. Contained Introverts
Better described as “reserved”. They operate at a slower pace and take longer to take action; they take more time to get things done. Their movements are all calculated, all done impeccably, but at their own pace.
Do any of these categories fit with you? Perhaps there are many other personalities that we have yet to classify.