Like a Dog Chasing Cars

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Definition: Contrary to what most people think, an introvert is  not simply a person who is shy. In fact, being shy has little to do with  being an introvert! Shyness has an element of apprehension, nervousness  and anxiety, and while an introvert may also be shy, introversion  itself is not shyness. Basically, an introvert is a person who is  energized by being alone and whose energy is drained by being around  other people.
Introverts are more concerned with the inner world of the mind. They  enjoy thinking, exploring their thoughts and feelings. They often avoid  social situations because being around people drains their energy. This  is true even if they have good social skills. After being with people  for any length of time, such as at a party, they need time alone to  “recharge.”
When introverts want to be alone, it is not, by itself, a sign of  depression. It means that they either need to regain their energy from  being around people or that they simply want the time to be with their  own thoughts. Being with people, even people they like and are  comfortable with, can prevent them from their desire to be quietly  introspective.
Being introspective, though, does not mean that an introvert never has  conversations. However, those conversations are generally about ideas  and concepts, not about what they consider the trivial matters of social  small talk.
Introverts make up about 60% of the gifted population but only about 25-40% of the general population.



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