On introversion…

Something of an odd topic, I’ll admit.

I’ve recently been poking around YouTube and found a few interesting articles on introversion vs. extroversion. One clip in particular lays out the differences fairly clearly.

To summarise somewhat:

  • Introverts aren’t antisocial; they just prefer socialising with small groups (and often need to recharge with “alone time” afterwards).
  • Introverts recharge by being alone. Socialising takes effort and can be exhausting.
  • Introverts tend to be more introspective and thoughtful. Giving the right answer is important.
  • Introverts value a small number of deeper friendships over a large number of shallow ones.
  • Introverts tend to made uncomfortable by overstimulation. Loud music, noisy parties, chaotic environments will make many introverts uncomfortable. I’ll qualify this somewhat; chaos is not necessarily bad, but unfamiliar chaos is. My desk at Ebit was always very messy, but I knew where everything lived. Our network was highly complex, but this didn’t worry me as I knew it in detail. On the other hand, having new devices added without being informed always stressed me out….

I fit this category fairly well, although I developed some adaptations over the years. My main advantage has been a lack of self-consciousness, so with a certain amount of internal editing I can free-associate in conversation and do a reasonable job of appearing social.