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Text comes from the book: “The power of silence: How introverted and highly sensitive people can recognize, understand and use their specialty” (2015), published by Münchener Verlagsgruppe (MVG), reprinted with the kind permission of the publisher.

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Sophia_Dembling (c) David_BaumbachSophia Dembling writes for Psychology Today and the Wall Street Journal, among others. She runs her blog “The Introvert's Corner” for Psychology Today and has published a variety of articles in renowned magazines, including the Wall Street Journal. She lives in Dallas, Texas. More information at www.sophiadembling.com

Introversion to Freud, Jung and Co: The small difference

In the 1960er years, other personality theorists began to develop the so-called Big Five: the five-factor model of personality. These are personality traits, which remain relatively stable in time.


Intraversion and extraversion as stable personality traits

The extroversion and its opposite, the introversion, belong to these personality traits. (The others are openness to experience, conscientiousness, neuroticism and social compatibility).

Each of us is on a different place on this continuum of personality traits. The extroversion has six aspects in this model: warm, sociable, persuasive, active, receptive to excitement and excitement, and positively voted.

Again, nothing nice comes out when you extrapolate the opposite of extroversion: cold, silent, indulgent, domestic, boring and grumpy.

The discussion about the introversion

In recent years, debate has been about what introversion is, but it has come a long way since Freud's grudging assessment. Using all the new high-performance brain scan technologies available today, scientists are actually starting to detect differences in the brains of introverts and extroverts.

And slowly the belief that introversion isn't all that bad - that it might actually have some really good qualities. Psychoanalyst and author Marti Laney was one of the first of the so-called “pro-introversion” movements and added a few more to the discussion
Qualities of the introvert: astute thinker, creative, self-reflective, flexible, responsible.

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Introversion and high sensitivity

This is great and provides approaches to define the introversion in a completely different direction. For example, the term “highly sensitive person” (HSP) coined by psychologist Elaine Aron, which was also included in the introversion-definition mix, because many introverts who read their books recognized themselves in it.

highly sensitive People get out of too much excitement and quickly
Restlessness is overwhelming, they are sensitive to other people's moods and are overly aware of everything around them.

This is a matter of sensory processing. I have known that I went to a big, lively party and almost fell into catatonia. Whether this high sensitivity to external stimuli is also an aspect of introversion or something
on the whole, this additional aspect of the definition of introversion contributes to further confusion.

The state of science

And there is the problem that shyness has long been synonymous with introversion. The many years that scientists and others have used "introversion" and "shyness" as interchangeable terms make it much more confusing, especially in the laboratory.

Much research has been done in the past on the assumption that
Shyness would stand for introversion, so the research is indeed interesting and partly also relevant, partly
but also irrelevant.

Despite the confusion, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: introversion
is more than just the absence of extroversion. We introverts occupy our own space in the world, even if
the design of which has not yet been fully defined. we are a
a little young and a little Eysenck.

Field research and laboratory theory

The scientists are supposed to do the work in the laboratory, but we are doing field research. We are part of the movement to define, describe and understand the introversion, and get closer to the goal every day to find out all about it.

Many introverts relate to Aron's HSP, even if that is
Judge whether there is a connection with introversion
is still pending.

The good news, however, is that introverts become more
unite than ever before (thanks be to the World Wide Web)
talk to each other, exchange messages and their nature
accept as it is.

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