There are many misconceptions about being an introvert. For instance, introverts aren’t necessarily the shy, lonely, and socially anxious people they’re often made out to be. According to Carl Jung, the Swiss psychoanalyst whose research popularised the personality traits, “there is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert”.
Though for people on the introverted side – those who prefer smaller group settings, consider their words carefully, are energised by low-stimulation work environments, take time to solve problems, are conflict-averse, and recharge their batteries by being alone – life can be tough. Because the simple fact is, whatever your personality type, we live in an extrovert’s world.
But introverts needn’t worry. According to Susan Cain, author of the bestselling book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, the world needs introverts, and history is full of them: Hillary Clinton, Steven Spielberg, Michael Jordan, and Mahatma Gandhi, to name a few.
We look at a few ways introverts can better navigate social events, while respecting that need for solo time.