Introversion includes a broad range of behaviors that can be loosely grouped into the following types:
Solitary introverts – Live alone and enjoy their own company. Are typically engaged in creative, highly personal projects that bring satisfaction. Rarely enter into relationships and avoids social activities.
Social introverts – Have a highly developed ability to act like an extrovert when the situation requires it. Finds satisfaction in integrating introverted qualities into group behavior. Needs external validation to feel successful.
Partnered introverts – Feels most comfortable when paired with either a compatible introvert or an extrovert. Seeks intimacy and companionship on their terms. Regularly needs time away from the relationship, physically and mentally, but does not like to be alone.
Conflicted introverts – Are constantly seeking an answer to who they are and why it is so hard to get along with others. Self-critical and judgmental, they often struggle to fit in, or to be part of a group. Prone to ping-ponging between feeling good and feeling bad.
Antisocial introverts – Rebels against feeling like an outsider, both internally and externally. Finds it hard to manage contradictions and negative moods. Tends to be impulsive and compulsive about ideas and activities, often going to extremes that lead to feelings of guilt and confusion.
For an expanded explanation of the five types, please read Introversion has its own normal.© Aging Introvert, 2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without permission from the author is prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Aging Introvert with direction to the original content.