Introvert

Focus inwards. Guided by internal feelings over external stimulation. Need solitude to recharge.

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Introverted people are inward-focused. Unlike extraverts who are energized by social interaction, introverts are drained by it and are instead energized by self-reflection and thought. They are more reserved and reflective. They ponder on their experiences and catalog their meaning.

However, none of this means that introverts do not enjoy or are incapable of social interaction. Many introverts actually excel in social settings because their inquisitive nature and ability to listen can make them incredibly charming. Though after a period of socializing, introverts will feel the need to reset in solitude. For some, this shift from socializing to needing solitude can be particularly abrupt. Like a battery, they can go right up until they can't.

While people might loosely define introversion as a like for being alone, the preference for solitude is a manifestation of a deeper, incredibly active, psychological state that can be overwhelmed by excess external stimulation.

Introverts are observant. Because they themselves have active intra-psychic states, they notice when others are thinking or processing information, and so they are better at giving people space to form their ideas. Unlike extroverts who formulate thoughts and ideas through speaking, introverts think through internal dialog before they speak. These qualities make introverts good listeners, and with social development, they can become better conversationalists than extroverts.

Love

Introverts desire space to reflect and re-energize, and so they have a keen sense for when their partners need the same. At the end of a long day, they are able to actively support and listen to their partners without the compulsion to have to talk about themselves.

The introverted lover takes time to get to know. While they are active listeners themselves, they need to really get to know their prospective partner before opening up and sharing their most intimate details. Early on in a relationship, this can create an aura of mystery and inspire curiosity in their prospective partners.

Introverts value privacy and independence and are willing to extend the same to their partners. They struggle with people who are clingy or actively need to do a lot of things together.

Work

Not surprisingly, introverted people prefer occupations that allow them to work with a certain degree of independence and reflection. They will give thought to ideas before they express them and prefer to hear everyone's perspective before deciding on a specific approach.

They excel in areas that reward thoughtfulness and accuracy over ones that reward dominance. This can be a challenge, because in the absence of good leadership and organizational culture, traits like dominance or playing political games naturally excel (often to the discredit of the organization). This does not mean that introverts are incapable of group work. In fact, introverts can excel in group environments where there is a good mix of collaboration and independent work. However, they may struggle in environments where collaboration is a substitute for thought or there are many meetings for meeting's sake.

Because they have a proclivity for independent work, they are motivated by tasks that give them an intrinsic sense of reward.

Caution

Particularly in a work setting, introverts feel absolutely drained when they have to be in meetings or on calls all day. Not only are they unhappy in these circumstances, but because they will have expended all of their "extroverted energy" at work, they may feel the need to double down on their introversion and me-time at home—making them less social in their personal lives. For this reason, it is particularly important for introverts to choose career paths and positions that are in-tune with their guiding mental energy.

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