Introverts Part 3

This week we have been talking about introvert personality traits.  Introverts are best known for being "loners," getting their energy from spending time alone, and for preferring a few close friends vs. large crowds.  In an extroverted world of noise, social media, and an aggressive "cut throat" culture being considered as the 'norm,' introverts are often lost and misunderstood.  Extroverts have a difficult time understanding the internal world of an introvert.  Today I will be talking about how these unique individuals think and process their thoughts as an introvert.

Individuals who are introverted have an internal dialogue with themselves as they process ideas, thoughts and in solving problems.  In contrast to extroverts who engage in group discussions, introverts are wired to first think things out in their own mind.  They have the natural tendency to think deeply, reflect on details of their lives, consider the purpose of life, and explore possibilities of future pursuits.  The ultimate goal is for introverts to connect with their inner voice.

Although it is generally true that introverts are "quiet," they are also very observant.  By observing people, introverts are able to better able to be in tune with and understand people.  In addition, when faced with challenges, introverts are more likely to spend time alone, allowing for reflection and introspection in finding a solution to their problems. While many people avoid looking at their problems, an introvert will consciously take the time to listen to their inner voice, helping them to find solutions or consider options that could potentially be missed by extroverts.  

I hope that this information has been helpful in better understanding someone you know, maybe even yourself, in how introverts process their thoughts.  Stay tuned for tomorrow as Natalie discusses in more detail how introverts interact socially.  Thanks for reading!

Written by Emily Freeze, MPH, MA, LMFT

Emily Freeze, MPH, MA, LMFT is a marriage and family therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Emily enjoys doing individual counseling, couples counseling and family counseling. Emily specializes in women's issues, specifically maternal mental health and reproductive mental health.

Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.