Introversion can mean many things and different things to different people. Don’t be surprised if your Introverted friends will be different to you in many ways. Some Introverts are Introverts because they show a high innate sensitivity. Highly Sensitive People tend to have a stronger response than normal to sensory stimulation, and so, they tend to avoid intense environments that will frazzle their nerves. Another type of Introvert is the reactive or shy Introvert.
This type of Introvert tends to be introverted as they prefer to wait and observe and see what other people do first. We can also talk about perfectionism as a form of Introversion. Perfectionism reflects your tendency to spend longer time on a task because you want it to be done correctly. A fear of making mistakes can cause a person to be more introverted. Finally, Introversion can just be a general preference for spending time with yourself. It can mean preferring your own company over the company of other people. This is the most pure definition of Introversion.
This means all of the 16 Personality Types can be introverted sometimes – in some ways. But some types are more introverted than others.
16 Personalities Introversion
ISTJs are the most ambiverted of all Introverts. You are generally a person who prefers your own company and always will. But you have always enjoyed having a bit of noise around you and so you often have bubbly and chatty friends and probably a big family and inner circle. You are typically the centre point of social interactions, as you dislike compromise, people tend to have to learn to go with your flow and way of doing things. You can be frank and direct like an Extrovert, and you are typically a busy bee, always working on some project.
You can appear more introverted than you are because you tend to let other people make the first move. You prefer to let other people come to you, but if they do, you’re more than up for a good conversation, and you like to fit in and connect with other people. You’re not afraid of stepping on anyone’s foot either, and if someone is offended by what you say, that’s their problem. You enjoy being frank and direct and prefer efficient and quick conversations.
You are typically a reasonably ambiverted person. Having your own time is important to you. You avoid conflict and criticism, and so you try not to say anything too offensive. You prefer to be around friends and people you care about. But around these people, you can be energetic and chatty. You are an attentive listener and someone who is always up to get to know new people.
The ESTJ is the least Extroverted of all personality types. You are direct, active, and always busy with something. ESTJs can talk to anyone and have few social inhibitions. You can also talk about anything with anyone, and can easily “get in” with any group. You can however become more introverted after prolonged stress. Stress can make you temporarily withdraw to lick your wounds and reflect on bad experiences. Still, you’re typically quick to be back on your feet.
You have many similarities to your ISTJ cousin, except you are much more perfectionistic and critical. INTJs tend to hold people to high standards and can easily become disappointed in people. INTJs are not afraid to speak out however, if there is an issue in the relationship. This can allow you to better manage your relationships and to resolve conflicts when they come up. Your ideas and projects can also put you in a position where you have to juggle some friends.
ISFPs are typically the most Introverted of all Introverted Sensory types. You like to be active and have things to do, but you prefer small groups or solo sports if possible. You tend to avoid people and can come off as shy or reserved. ISFPs are careful with their words as they prefer not to offend other people. It can also be that you see little point in opening up to or sharing with people. If people come up to you, you can be friendly and chatty, but you tend not to initiate social contact yourself.
You are probably one of the least introverted of all personality types. As an ESFJ, you are friendly, love to work together with other people, and always up to something. You are easygoing and can get along with anyone. Under extreme stress, you can sometimes withdraw to reflect and can become unusually cold or standoffish. This is because you feel that your energy has been used by other people. You are trying to get back your control.
ESTPs are typically active, outgoing, and enjoy being with a group. ESTPs are also fine with conflict and discord and not afraid to step on any toes. You tend to keep to your own tight group of friends and see little reason to talk to anyone else, but if someone is fun and engaging, you’ll be happy to let them in to your life. You also don’t mind if people are different from you, and can even enjoy differences, more than the ESFP would.
ENTJs are typically the most extroverted of all the iNtuitive types, but your perfectionism can get in the way of this. You can sometimes be critical of other people and feel like an outsider. You can feel annoyed by the community and simple mindedness and your creative projects can cause you to feel alone at times.
People tend to think of you as superextroverted, but you’ve actually got a big need for downtime. You often withdraw to process your feelings and needs. You fear being used by other people and so you can keep people at a distance at times. ENFJs are, however a person who in general, enjoys human company. You are someone that likes to involve other people in your ideas and projects. The problem is, you often become disappointed in other people, and people can hurt your feelings. You can have it hard to balance outgoingness with alone time and healthy boundaries.
Once again, people overestimate how Extroverted you are. In a new group or social situation, you can let other people take the lead. You are not as much of a show off as people think and you enjoy to listen and hear what other people have to say. You are typically very interested in other people. Around people you trust and like, you enjoy dramatics, singing, or recreative activities together. You want people to prove themselves to you before you open up.
People are fun, as long as they can keep up with your intellect. Most people can bore you. You need novelty, complexity, and challenge in your friendships. Because of this, you’re not really that extroverted. You’re also often nerdy, which means you don’t connect with most people you meet. But if you meet the right people, you can be remarkably chatty and talkative. You have few social inhibitions and can say anything that comes to your mind.
You actually don’t mind other people as much as most other introverts, the only problem is you have a bad habit of upsetting other people. You are highly critical as a person and that can also influence how you see other people. ENTPs can say things that are inoffensive without realising it and sometimes they are oblivious to the feelings of other people. You are however a person that won’t let hard feelings get in the way and even if there’s discord, you’re always open to talk things out.
You are the least extroverted of all extroverts. You don’t mean to be and you’d like to have more friends in your life. You’d love having real connections with real deep people, but you don’t seem to really fit in with most people. It doesn’t help that you’re a bit shy and that you often want other people to make the first move. But with the right people, you can really light up and be yourself, without feeling drained of energy.
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As an INFJ, you are often a person to initiate social encounters and the first person to speak in a group or social situation. This can make you appear more extroverted than you really are. As an INFJ, you can often appear distant to other people. You can seem absorbed by your own thoughts, and you spend a lot of time processing your emotions, which you prefer to keep to yourself. You can often feel that you are inadequate to other people, and so you can isolate yourself from people.
You are the most introverted of all introverted types. As an INFP, you genuinely just prefer your own company over most people, though you happily make an exception for non-humans. You don’t like conflict and often, you think it’s easier to just be by yourself. That’s not to say that you don’t sometimes fantasise about having deep connections to an ideal person or someone who meets all your expectations and matches with your personality perfectly.
Personality Hacker on Introverts and Extroverts
What is your personality type and where do you feel that you fall on the scale of 10 – Very Extroverted and 1 – Very Introverted?