Let’s be honest, introverts have always been around but it seems like now, more and more people are identifying as them.
In fact, you could say (rather ironically) that introversion has been pushed into the spotlight. However, when it comes to actually defining what an introvert is, things are a little less clear.
They were identified after surveying almost 500 adults, ranging from 18 to 70 years-old and asking them things like their preference for alone time or how often they daydream, and are outlined in the Masters thesis of Cheek’s student Jennifer Grimes.
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The four types of introverts.
In the STAR theory, social introversion is the most closely aligned with what the common understanding of introversion is and relates to someone who enjoys spending time alone and “does not find oneself experiencing negative effects or emotions” in doing so.
It can also apply to those who don’t like socialising with groups at all – these would score high in social introversion. The main distinction is that it’s a decision made out of choice, rather than due to anxiety. (Post continues after gallery.)