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, intoversion 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 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. Source here
So are you an introvert? I think I am so, slightly. Wouldn't consider myself as a full fledged introvert, because while reading this it immediately reminded me of one of my close friends here (for which we are quite the opposites in nature). I think she needs to read this. I don't see being an introvert is a bad thing though, I wish I were an introvert. Introverts seem cooler to me.
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Chart Comparing High Achievers, Gifted Learners and Creative Thinkers.
|A High Achiever...||A Gifted Learner...||A Creative Thinker...|
|Remembers the answers||Poses unforeseen questions||Sees exceptions|
|Is interested||Is curious||Wonders|
|Is attentive||Is selectively mentally engaged||Daydreams; may seem off task|
|Generates advanced ideas||Generates complex, abstract ideas||Overflows with ideas, many of which will never be developed|
|Works hard to achieve||Knows without working hard||Plays with ideas and concepts|
|Answer the questions in detail||Ponders with depth and multiple perspectives||Injects new possibilities|
|Performs at the top of the group||Is beyond the group||Is in own group|
|Responds with interest and opinions||Exhibits feelings and opinions from multiple perspectives||Shares bizarre, sometimes conflicting opinions|
|Learns with ease||Already knows||Questions: What if...|
|Needs 6 to 8 repetitions to master||Needs 1 to 3 repetitions to master||Questions the need for mastery|
|Enjoys the company of age peers||Prefers the company of intellectual peers||Prefers the company of creative peers but often works alone|
|Understands complex, abstract humor||Creates complex, abstract humor||Relishes wild, off-the-wall humor|
|Grasps the meaning||Infers and connects concepts||Makes mental leaps: Aha!|
|Completes assignments on time||Initiates projects and extensions of assignments||Initiates more projects that will ever be completed|
|Is receptive||Is intense||Is independent and unconventional|
|Is accurate and complete||Is original and continually developing||Is original and continually developing|
|Enjoys school often||Enjoys self-directed learning||Enjoys creating|
|Absorbs information||Manipulates information||Improvises|
|Is a technician with expertise in a field||Is an expert who abstracts beyond the field||Is an inventor and idea generator|
|Memorizes well||Guesses and infers well||Creates and brainstorms well|
|Is highly alert and observant||Anticipates and relates observations||Is intuitive|
|Is pleased with own learning||Is self-critical||Is never finished with possibilities|
|Gets A's||May not be motivated by grades||May not be motivated by grades|
|Is able||Is intellectual||Is idiosyncratic|