Think you can spot an introvert in a crowd? Think again. Although the stereotypical introvert may be the one at the party who’s hanging out alone by the food table fiddling with an iPhone, the “social butterfly” can just as easily have an introverted personality. Despite the growing conversation around introversion, it remains a frequently misunderstood personality trait.
People are frequently unaware that they’re introverts — especially if they’re not shy — because they may not realize that being an introvert is about more than just cultivating time alone. Instead, it can be more instructive to pay attention to whether they’re losing or gaining energy from being around others, even if the company of friends gives them pleasure.
Below, artist heyluchie created a comic which personifies introversion in a way so easily recognizable.
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.