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.
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.