The best way to tell if you’re an introvert is to imagine how you’d feel if someone told you that you had to spend an entire day every week totally alone. The more extroverted will usually wither during a period of extended solitude, keening for the stimulation of other humans. Introverts, on the other hand, will breathe a sigh of relief and ask if the arrangement can be made permanent. There are obviously lots of people who sit somewhere between these two poles, but in my experience, the extremely extroverted are normalised and rewarded in our society. When was the last time you read a job ad that said: “Candidates will ideally be terrible at small talk, internally focused, and not overly excited to work in groups”? Almost never, because most of our social environments cater for introversion about the same way as tropical beach holidays cater to a nocturnal penguin. (Eleanor Robertson, Frankie Issue 48)
Come on youth: Let’s hear it for introverts!