Reflecting on Introverts


Afnan Taha

Lexington, KY. Introvert vs Extroverts. Emma Taylor and Zaida Bell-Frantz demonstrate the differences between each personality.

Imagine lying down on a nice soft and cozy bed. The window is open letting in a cool breeze. The birds are chirping and the wind is singing. You have a vanilla scented candle lit, casting a warm shadow against the walls. You’re covered in blankets with your dog lying at your feet with one of your favorite books in your hand. Everything is perfect; peaceful—quiet. For introverts, this is heaven. This scene, or maybe in a library, their room at their home, the ocean, and maybe even their backyard. Anywhere that is quiet and doesn’t have many people, an introvert will enjoy.

According to WebMD, an introvert is someone who is typically more comfortable focusing on their inner thoughts and ideas, rather than what is happening around them. When thinking of introverts, most people think of someone who is shy and quiet and prefers to be alone. While this may be true for some introverted people, it is not the same for all people with this personality type. It all depends on how they process the world around them. In general, most introverts need quiet to concentrate: They are reflective, self-aware, and take their time when making decisions. They also enjoy being alone, do not like to do group work, and prefer to write rather than talk.

With that being said, there are quite a few places introverts are not too happy about visiting. These include large gatherings and crowds like school, malls, concerts, and sports events. But one of the most challenging things for introverted people is telling others that they don’t want to go somewhere or do something that involves crowds; this is the main personality trait of an introvert. Introverts are more likely to push themselves to this position if they are nice people, they don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings and they might think “Why not? It’s only for a few hours.” Stepping out of their comfort zone is a big step for introverts, but may seem like nothing compared to extroverted people.

Extroverts are the complete opposite of introverts. While introverts usually do not like to do very risky and outgoing activities such as going out to concerts and large group gatherings, extroverts do. According to Heathline, an extrovert is someone who feels most comfortable in larger groups of people. Many people may see extroverts as more of a leader in the sense that they want to be the most seen person in a large group setting. Furthermore, extroverts typically don’t mind opening up and talking about their problems and/or feelings to anyone and tend to be very expressive with their actions and their emotions while also making clear and conscious decisions. In addition to expressing their feelings and emotions, they also make friends very easily. This is because they enjoy spending time with others who share their same energy.

While being an introvert makes people think you are shy, that is not always true. Introverts and extroverts may come off very different in the grand scheme of things, but they are actually very much alike. Introverts can seem closed off and off putting, but when around people they connect with, such as close friends and family, they may be loud and self-assured. Just because introverted people seem withdrawn from the world, it does not mean that they don’t have their own personality. However, that personality may only show when they are comfortable with the people around them.
With that being said, it is more clear to see the actual resemblance between introverts and extroverts. Considering that both introverts and extroverts can have similar personalities, it all depends on how they choose to express it. In the grand scheme of things we are all similar people just with different ways of expressing our personalities.