WORLD INTROVERT DAY
World Introvert Day on January 2nd serves as an opportunity for people around the world to better understand and appreciate introverts.
An introvert is best defined as someone who focuses on internal feelings rather than external sources of stimulation. The opposite of an introvert is an extrovert. There are less introverts in the world than extroverts. It is estimated that between 25 and 40 percent of the population are introverts. They are often described as being quiet, reserved, and introspective. Instead of receiving energy in social situations like extroverts do, introverts expend energy.
Are you an introvert or extrovert? Here are some ways to tell if you’re more introverted:
- Introverts may feel exhausted after spending time with people and need to retreat to a quiet place afterward.
- It’s not unusual for an introvert to enjoy spending time alone. However, they don’t want to be alone all the time.
- Having a small group of close friends is more common for introverts than a large group of friends.
- Others described introverts as quiet and hard to get to know.
- Too much stimulation is distracting for introverts causing them to become unfocused.
- Introverts understand themselves quite well. They know their ticks, motivations, and insecurities.
- They prefer to have a job where they work independently than with other people.
There are many benefits to being an introvert. Most introverts are good listeners, they think before they speak, they are very observant, and they make loving romantic partners.
If you are an introvert, you’re in good company. Many world-famous scientists, philosophers, and artists are introverts. Some of the most famous introverts include J.K. Rowling, Bill Gates, Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Courtney Cox, Albert Einstein, Laura Bush, Rosa Parks, Warren Buffet, and Roy Rogers.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldIntrovertDay
If you’re an introvert, this day is just for you. If you’re not, talk to an introvert so that you can better understand their world. Other ways to participate include:
- Download the free ebook, Happily Introverted Ever After, written by the founder of this day, Felicitas Heyne.
- Learn more about famous introverts.
- Watch movies with introverted main characters including How to Train Your Dragon, The Hobbit, The Avengers, and Dead Poets Society.
- Think about the people in your life and try to determine whether they are more introverted or extroverted.
If you’re an introvert, you probably don’t want to spend this day socializing with other people. You can still share it on social media with #WorldIntrovertDay.
WORLD INTROVERT DAY HISTORY
The first World Introvert Day was held on January 2, 2011. The day was created by psychologist and author, Felicitas Heyne. He felt January 2nd was the perfect date as the holidays, which can be agonizing for introverts, are finally over. They are no longer forced to socialize and make plans. Introverts can simply recharge and enjoy the peace and quiet. This isn’t something introverts simply enjoy doing, it’s something they need to do.