As we commemorate World Introvert Day, we may ask ourselves what exactly is an introvert? Well, according to the first definition on Google, an introvert is ‘a shy person’. An introvert is not necessarily shy. An introvert is someone who gets energy from being in solitude. It doesn’t mean that they are selfish. They just take the world in differently. Just because one is an introvert does not mean that they want to be alone all the time. Introverts have a few close friends, yet prefer to work alone or with one or two close people, not a whole group. Introverts prefer their inner world. Not in a selfish way, but in a way that provides energy and thought.
We should be reminded that introversion and extroversion is on a scale. One is not just introverted, and one is not just extroverted. As Carl Jung says, “there is no such thing as a pure introvert of extrovert. Such person would be in the lunatic asylum”. Being an introvert can be as simple as thinking before talking, or being aware of how we feel.
16-50 percent of the population are introverts, while the other 34-50 percent are extroverts. So is it better to be one or the other? Absolutely not. everyone has a bit of extroversion and introversion in them. There is nothing wrong with being more than the other.