Faced with problems to define introversion, Jonathan Cheek, a professor at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, and his colleagues and students conducted a study that included around 500 people. What they came up with is a new model that divides introversion into 4 types: Thinking, Anxious, Social, and Reserved. They do have some similarities but also differences, and that is what makes the study very successful: it deepens the understanding of introversion. Let's see their results.
It is a different and new concept, unlike what we usually think introversion is. They are not socially awkward, rather very imaginative, with deep and frequent thoughts about themselves and the world around them. In Cheek's words: "You're capable of getting lost in an internal fantasy world. But it's not in a neurotic way, it's in an imaginative and creative way."
Special Traits of Thinking Introverts
A wonderful, rich imagination and thoughtfulness are your obvious virtue, but together with your creativity, it makes you curious and vivid.
It is obvious from the name of the type that a need for being alone is followed by anxiety in social situations that don't necessarily go away when a person is actually alone. It is often accompanied by analyzing what can go wrong.
Special Traits of Anxious Introverts
Because of thinking too much of all possible situations that could go wrong, you are a great planner who has an eye for details.
"They prefer to stay home with a book or a computer, or to stick to small gatherings with close friends, as opposed to attending large parties with many strangers," Cheek described this type. Unlike the anxious type, social introverts only prefer small groups or simply being alone, without anxiety.
Special Traits of Social Introverts
Since you rather focus on small groups of people, you can make profound and close relationships, and you have a wonderful ability to treat close people with tenderness and care.
You think deeply of your actions before you make them. You're not kind of a person that wakes up in the morning and is instantly ready for an action, you need your time, maybe your coffee, simply - your way to prepare yourself for the coming day and everything that it will bring.
Special Traits of Reserved Introverts
You always need to find the big picture! Because of this, you are very wise!