Introversion is a character trait which focuses on internal feelings. That having said, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are a shy wallflower. There are introverts who avoid communicating with people and prefer to stay indoors, for most parts. But, there are also introverts who may like to socialize – contrary to the popular belief. What is even interesting is, that people are frequently unaware that they are introverted. Being an introvert is more than being just shy. It has more to do with whether they gain or lose energy around people.
Introverts have a wide range of characteristics. And the following are just a few of the traits which suggest that you could be an introvert.
1. You bail out too soon
You might make plans with people, but you also are the one to cancel on them. And while you do not want to offend anyone, the thought of being with people drain you physically and mentally.
2. You are selectively social
You find it very difficult to interact with people and be comfortable with them beyond a point. It takes you some time to warm up to somebody, and these instances are also few and far in between. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you are shy. You are just not open to the idea of socializing with everyone and all the time. You are not really the life of a party and a party makes you feel more aloof and isolated.
3. You hate phone calls
You find phone calls stressful, since it is next to impossible to judge the other person’s expressions from their voice. Phone calls are stressful for you and you prefer to interact with people face to face, than on the phone.
4. Small talk is just not your thing
Polite conversations and unimportant matters flusters and makes you anxious. Having an in-depth discussion on something important is more your thing.
5. You need your space
While you do not want to intentionally offend others, your space is very important to you. Meeting people drains your energy, and holding conversations seem to be a task.
6. You prefer to travel alone
Introverts are known for their keen observation and analysis. This is the reason that you prefer to travel alone also. Travelling alone gives you the much-needed space and time to think freely.
7. You are more of an observer than orator
You prefer to observe people and their different mannerisms, and you prefer this to having conversations with them. For you, conversations are time-wasters, and you would rather be on your own than in a group.
8. Your friends are extroverts
You value the few close friends you have and most of them are extroverts. You also don’t mind long conversations with them. And since, they know you well, they know when to give you the space you need.
9. You are an avid reader
Alone time and selective socializing leaves you ample time to read and write; and you love to read. Even when you are working, you prefer to be on your own, may be in some quaint café.
10. You choose your friends carefully
You have a very close circle of friends who know you and whom you know and understand. Hence, you are comfortable with just them. You often indulge in deep, meaningful conversations with them and that makes you happy.
11. You enjoy your time alone
There is a certain energy you draw from yourself, which makes you like your company. There is no doubt that you do hang out with your close circle of friends; but when it comes to spending quality time, you always do it with yourself.
12. You don’t trust easily
Being a keen observer makes you a sound judge of characters and as a result, you tread very carefully when it comes to trusting someone. You rarely invite someone in your innermost circle; but when you do, you trust them with all you have.
13. You are a fantastic decision maker
Since you are someone who analyzes every situation and reads every aspect of an issue at hand, you are a fantastic decision maker. You are considered master thinkers; and as a result of that, you hardly make a wrong decision.
14. You are a loyal friend
You value deeply the close circle of friends you have and you can be very loyal to them. Those in your inner circle can be rest assured that they have a loyal friend for life.
15. Making eye-contact is difficult for you
Eye contact always just feels awkward for you. Looking someone in the eye can be so uncomfortable for you that you cannot even maintain an eye contact with your friends and family.
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