Personality is a complex, nuanced subject, but some psychologists believe that you can derive all personality from 5 qualities. One of these is your place on the introversion-extroversion scale. Introverts are people who enjoy solitude more than others. They are people who need time to recharge after being with many people at once, and prefer to have serious conversations with a few close friends. Extroverts are highly social people who enjoy big parties and surround themselves with a big group of friends. They are the ones at the center of the party, while the introverts are the ones on the edges of the circle of people.If you feel you fit one of these descriptions, then you are probably that personality type. If not, and you want to find out which you are, ask yourself these questions:
Do you prefer one-on-one conversations to group activities?
Do you enjoy solitude?
Do you seem to care less about social status than your peers?
Do you dislike “small talk?”
Do you prefer to express yourself in writing?
Do people tell you that you are a good listener?
Do you try to avoid risks?
Do you do your best work on your own?
Do you dislike multitasking?
Do you feel drained after going to parties, even if you’ve had a good time?
The more you answered “yes” to the questions above, the more of an introvert you are. If you answered “no” a lot, you are an extrovert. If you were about even, than you could be an ambivert (they are in the middle).
American Society prefers extroverts over introverts. In all middle school TV shows, the “popular people” are all extroverts. The “nerds” are always introverts. If it seems like introverts have fewer friends than extroverts, it’s because introverts don’t enjoy surrounding themselves with large groups of people. They prefer to be with a few close friends. There is another aspect of school that puts emphasis on extroverts: class participation. Introverts prefer to listen and watch, while extroverts are better suited to saying their thoughts, even if they might be wrong. While most teachers encourage students to talk in class, and are dismayed when a student never speaks up, that does not necessarily reflect their intelligence of knowledge of the subject. It is just their personality type.
Yet another way we favor extroverts is in presentations. During any kind of presentation, a school assignment or a business proposition, if you seem nervous, it is assumed that you know less about what you are presenting on, or that you didn’t put enough time into preparing. Extroverts get less nervous while presenting, so it can seem like they are more intelligent. But just because they talk loudly and clearly doesn’t mean they are smarter. And this goes not just for presentations, but also for any kind of group work where the group needs to talk together to figure out what they are going to do. Even if an introvert has a good idea, they might not be able to share it.
In short, introverts are often overlooked, but only because they allow themselves to be overlooked, not because they lack skills or intellect. People need to be more aware of this, because there are far too many introverts that get overlooked, even when they would’ve been better than the selected individual.