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This type of introvert isn’t shy in the traditional sense. Social events don’t give these folks anxiety. It’s just that they prefer to socialize in small groups rather than large ones and sometimes to opt for not socializing at all. This choice isn’t about fear, but is simply a clear personal preference for the intimate and quiet.
Sometimes an introvert isn’t driven by their preferences around other people at all–they’re neither shy nor particularly averse to groups. These folks simply come across as reserved and unsocial sometimes because they’re often lost in their own thoughts. If this is you, “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,” Cheek explained to Science of Us.
This type of introvert conforms to common stereotypes of the quiet person–they’re withdrawn and quiet because other people make them nervous. “Unlike social introverts, anxious introverts may seek out solitude because they feel awkward and painfully self-conscious around other people, because they’re not very confident in their own social skills,” Science of Us explains.
Rather than being anxious, imaginative, or most at home in small groups, this final kind of introvert is simply slow moving. They take a while to get going and need to be deliberate in their actions–they always think before they speak. In an extroverted world, this appears much the same as the other types of introversion, though it’s root causes are quite different.