Why introverts don't enjoy random, spontaneous suggestions

92 Characteristics of Introverts

There are a number of traits attributed to introverts. I have compiled 92 of them from various sources and my own experience.

Please keep in mind as you read that an introvert does not have all of these characteristics. Not all of it applies to me either, and even extroverts have some of these traits - but not too many.

However, the stronger the introversion you or someone around you is, the more of these characteristics you will recognize.

You can recognize some of these characteristics as an outsider, others not. Most introverts will try to hide the negatively associated traits by acting extroverted.
You should also keep in mind that in addition to introversion and extroversion, there are other personality traits that strongly influence a person's behavior.

In this respect, the following list is not suitable for attaching the sticker "introverted" to people around you. However, it does offer clues to better understand other people's behavior.

Since our extroverted society associates introversion with a disadvantage, I have divided the list into qualities that are usually seen as positive, neutral or negative.

Rather positively associated properties

1. Introverts are the better listener. You like in-depth conversations and enjoy discussing other people's problems. They're less interested in having their own say, and more simply listening.

2. Introverts are keen watchers. They often notice things around them or moods that others miss. They are also more likely to discover mistakes.

3. Introverts are very conscientious and responsible. It is important to you to get a job done correctly and to avoid mistakes.

4. Introverts are reliable. When they announce or promise something, they usually do it.

5. Introverts are on time. They are uncomfortable when other people have to wait for them.

6. Introverts do not put other people in uncomfortable situations. When it cannot be avoided, they feel guilty.

7. Introverts read a lot. They spend a lot of time reading books because reading is a great way for them to recharge their batteries and grow personally.

8. Introverts are very knowledgeable. They are particularly well informed in depth. If they are interested in a topic, they literally soak up the available knowledge.

9. Introverts are very reflective. They think long and hard about new experiences and new knowledge in order to process it. Their answers to questions are accordingly well thought out (if you give them time).

10. Introverts question a lot. Instead of simply accepting information, they often question the meaning. This also applies to very simple everyday situations.

11. Introverts are very compassionate. The mood of other people can affect her and influence her own mood.

12. Introverts are understanding. They listen better, are compassionate, and reflect a lot. All of this helps to better empathize with those around you.

13. Introverts are often asked for advice. Due to their thoughtful demeanor and their deep knowledge, they are often consulted by other people. Introverts are particularly often employed in advisory professions.

14. Introverts are humble. You do not like to be the center of attention and therefore do not tend to exaggerate.

15. Introverts think before they speak. They speak little, late and slowly, because they (cannot) speak without having thought.

16. Introverts are believable. Reliability, humility, and thoughtful speaking often make them more believable.

17. Introverts are creative. They cannot play to their strengths under observation, but when they are alone with their thoughts, introverts can be extremely creative. Many artists are introverted.

18. Introverts are forward-thinking. They tend to not only see the positive side, but also recognize potential problems early on. This often makes them appear pessimistic.

19. Introverts are good at planning. They try to avoid too many surprises in their life. This works best with a lot of planning.

20. Introverts are well prepared. Whenever you need to present yourself to someone or a group of people, you are extremely well prepared. For example, a lecture is talked through until exhaustion, information is internalized.

21. Introverts are neat. You don't like confusing chaos. They work better when their environment remains manageable.

22. Introverts want to grow. You have a particularly strong drive for personal growth. They achieve this primarily through reading and reflection - but also through new experiences to an extent that is tolerable for them.

23. Introverts assume that there is good in people. That doesn't mean they trust other people early on, but they are more likely to assume that other people have good intentions.

24. Introverts are good leaders. They can lead teams of proactive employees better than extroverts.

25. Introverts are rarely bored. Even if it looks like you are not doing anything, you are comfortable with your own thoughts. Introverts are good at self-engaging.

26. Introverts are patient and persistent. They devote themselves to problems much longer than their fellow human beings and so often come up with innovative solutions.

27. Introverts are careful. They take fewer risks that they cannot assess.

28. Introverts are independent. They make their feelings less dependent on other people and can be alone for a while. They are also reluctant to depend on other people for work.

29. Introverts are open to ideas. They listen better to suggestions from other people and like to discuss new ideas and proposed solutions.

30. Introverts can concentrate deeply. If you are working on a problem, you can immerse yourself in it.

31. Introverts are very specific. You don't do things by halves, you want to deliver the best possible result. You tend to be perfectionism.

32. Introverts exude calm. In turbulent times, they become less hectic and continue to make thoughtful decisions.

33. Introverts are less materialistic. They turn to their inner workings rather than external things. Therefore, status symbols are less important to them.


Properties evaluated neutrally

34. Introverts are calm. What gives security in turbulent times arouses less enthusiasm in other situations.

35. Introverts are thoughtful. They think intensively about new outside influences - but now and then remain trapped in their thoughts.

36. Introverts are daydreamers. They do not experience the world as intensely as extroverts, but focus on the inner world of thoughts.

37. Introverts have few friends. Their social environment is much smaller than that of extroverts. However, they value close friendships. Quality takes precedence over quantity.

38. Introverts are serious. Often they do not take life as lightly as extroverts, but try to fathom and interpret the meaning. You can see the problems early on in every situation.

39. Introverts are sensitive. By definition, they are more sensitive to stimulation and more likely to be overwhelmed than extroverts.

40. Introverts like to be alone. You also like to be among (few) people. But they need both and enjoy their time for themselves.

41. Introverts like to be outdoors. The natural environment has a calming and less stimulating effect than modern everyday life.

42. Introverts don't like shopping. Shopping is exhausting due to a lot of stimulation and a lot of people.

43. Introverts are more likely to choose to be single. They feel less lonely without a partner than extroverts and consciously forego a partnership for various reasons. However, that doesn't mean it won't do them any good.

44. Introverts speak little. Often they talk much less than the other person and concentrate on listening and short - but thoughtful - answers. Introverts only talk a lot when they are very familiar with topics.

45. Introverts like to work non-stop. Because they work with their thoughts, they don't like being interrupted. In modern office life, however, this is not a matter of course and can be perceived negatively.

46. ​​Introverts don't like to be the center of attention. This means that they always try to avoid other people's attention. Public recognition in front of many people may therefore not be in their favor.

47. Introverts or highly sensitive people often react more strongly to caffeine.

48. Introverts are very receptive to art and music. For example, you can spend a long time in museums.

49. Introverts seem mysterious. Since they communicate very little with those around them, many introverts appear mysterious to other people. Introverts have no more to hide than extroverts.

50. Introverts like to withdraw. When receiving too much stimulation, introverts like to retreat to a secluded area to recharge their batteries.

51. Introverts tend to feel guilty. If you feel like you are causing trouble or mistreating another person, you will quickly feel guilty.

52. Introverts can be very direct. You don't talk a lot, but you can express yourself very directly. It may seem that they lack the necessary tact.

53. Introverts are less euphoric. Their reward system isn't as active as that of extroverts, so they feel less euphoric.


Rather negatively associated traits

54. Introverts are inhibited. In many situations they do not feel free and relaxed, e.g. in groups or when they are supposed to open up.

55. Introverts feel uncomfortable in large groups. “The more people the better” couldn't be more wrong from an introvert's point of view. You feel most comfortable in small groups.

56. Introverts can be overstimulated quickly. In a fast-paced world, introverts are exhausted and overwhelmed when they live against their nature.

57. Introverts need more breaks to tolerate the high levels of stimulation in the extroverted world.

58. Introverts speak more slowly because they think before they speak.

59. Introverts don't like to talk in front of other people. In particular, spontaneous speeches are a horror idea for them (but also for many other people).

60. Introverts tend to speak softly.

61. Introverts prefer to express themselves in writing. They don't like telephones, they prefer email.

62. Introverts are inferior to most extroverts in a heated argument because people talk too quickly.

63. Introverts have a hard time entertaining people with stories.

64. Introverts don't like small talk. They are naturally also not very good at it.

65. Introverts often hesitate before speaking.

66. Introverts tend to think too much about some things.

67. Introverts feel uncomfortable at parties.

68. Introverts celebrate even on a small scale (if at all). They prefer to spend time with 2-3 close friends.

69. Introverts avoid eye contact - especially when speaking.

70. Introverts are a little slower at completing simple tasks or making decisions. Information is processed in more detail and that takes time.

71. Introverts are not particularly spontaneous. They prefer to observe others first before taking action themselves.

72. Introverts are more sensitive to pain (more sensitive).

73. Introverts find it difficult to open up and tell little about themselves.

74. Introverts are very difficult for other people to read.

75. Introverts feel uncomfortable when they meet or even approach new people.

76. Introverts often feel inferior when they meet more experienced people.

77. Introverts get restless when asked to do too many things at once.

78. Introverts get nervous under surveillance. They cannot see their performance when they feel they are being watched.

79. Introverts don't like violent movies.

80. Introverts fall in love faster and harder.

81. Introverts are less self-confident. However, this is only an indirect quality caused by society's negative attitudes towards introversion.

82. Introverts smile less. They are directed inwards and therefore do not invite the outside world to react with their facial expressions. This happens unconsciously and does not mean that they are less happy.

83. Introverts do not go out of their way because they are inhibited in some situations and generally feel less euphoria.


Felt properties

84. Introverts appear antisocial because they like to spend time alone rather than socializing.

85. Introverts appear shy because they avoid eye contact and are reluctant to approach other people.

86. Introverts seem passive because they are a little slower and, above all, speak little and only late.

87. Introverts seem lazy because they are slower, need more breaks, and can do few tasks at the same time.

88. Introverts seem boring because they talk little and are not so experience-oriented.

89. Introverts seem strange because little is known about them.

90. Introverts appear more unhappy because they smile less and are less euphoric.

91. Introverts appear aloof because they reveal little about themselves and like to spend time alone.

92. Introverts appear humorless. They are more serious, do not go out of their way, and prefer a little more subtle humor. That can make them seem humorless in a group with extroverts.

You can find something similar in my article 11 Prejudices about introverts.



Neither of these characteristics is a definitive criterion for introversion. As mentioned at the beginning, extroverts can also exhibit some of these characteristics. However, introverts are sure to recognize themselves in 70% or more of the above traits.
However, it can be difficult for outsiders to recognize introverts based on these characteristics, as they often pretend to be.

If you are unclear in which direction you are headed, you can do a self-test on the Internet. These tests do not always lead to unambiguous results, but they certainly contribute to self-discovery.

Introversion test (German)
Sensitivity Test - Similar Questions

Have you noticed any other traits that are typically introverted? Or maybe you don't agree with the list at all?

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