A map of the introvert's heart
18 Fun And Thoughtful Gifts To Give Your Introvert
Introverts unite with these fun products that understand our awkward souls. Need help finding the introvert in your life a gift? Look no further because here is a list of fun and unique products for introverts written by an introvert.
1. Introvert notebooks
This set of three introvert notebooks are hilariously titled "don't look at me", "people to avoid," and "private thoughts." You can use them as a shield from small talk or finally write that memoir.
2. Map of an Introvert's heart tote
Because we like having all our stuff with us and totes need something to put over our heads if we believe socializing is imminent. This tote features a scarily accurate rendition of an introvert's heart.
3. Introvert phone case
This phone case explains introverts perfectly. Phone case knows, phone case understands.
4. How to care for introverts wall decal
Knowing how to care for an introvert can be confusing sometimes. Help the people in your life help you with this how to care for introverts wall decal.
5. Introvert buttons
So we can identify other introverts, think about smiling at each other and then quickly return to avoiding eye contact. This fashionable button captures our preferred approach to social interactions.
6. Introverts unite sticker
Just because we're introverts doesn't mean we don't enjoy stickers like everyone else. Introverts unite with this sticker, separately, in your own homes.
7. I'm introverting coffee mug
Sure, we enjoy coffee but the fact that this coffee mug tells you how we're feeling so that we don't have to is fantastic.
8. Introvert water bottle
Rehydrate in introvert bliss with this water bottle.
9. Introvert magnet
Hold up the invitations to all the events you won't be attending in style with this introvert magnet.
10. Introvert pillow
We love our pillows and blanket forts. Get comfortable and give others fair warning with this introvert pillow cover.
11. Statement pencils
Quiet people have the loudest minds. We also need pencils and that's why these statement pencils are perfect.
12. Do not disturb the introvert studio pouch
This introvert pouch is great for storing your introvert pencils or other personal belongings.
It's the dialogue that runs through our head when you ask us to do something. Say it silently and elegantly with this beautiful gold hand stamped necklace.
14. A literally awkward t-shirt
Sometimes it seems almost necessary to warn others of our awkwardness. Did I mention I own this hilarious
"I'm awkward" shirt in two colors?
15. Go away doormat
When people you don't know come to your door. The struggle is real. Avoid unwanted visitors with this "go away" doormat.
16. Introvert candle
"Light up with a candle for introverts, a handcrafted soy candle in nonconfrontational ocean blue. And we didn’t bother scenting it. Because seriously, it’s not like anyone is coming over anyway, right?" It's like Whiskey River Co. (the makers of this candle) know me.
17. Soap for introverts
Are you loving the candle we just showed you? Then why not make it a set with your very own soap for introverts?
18. I hate everyone too socks
Deck yourself out in introvert pride gear from head to toe with these funny socks.
Introverts can feel at odds with the world sometimes so knowing that we're not alone is the best gift of all.
Sources: Amazon, Redbubble, Whiskey River Soap Co., Etsy.
Signs of an Introvert Personality: Types, Traits & Characteristics
Written by Rachel Reiff Ellis
In this Article
- What Is an Introvert?
- Signs You Might Be an Introvert
- Causes of Introversion
- Types of Introverts
- Introversion Versus Shyness
- Myths About Introverts
What Is an Introvert?
An introvert is a person with qualities of a personality type known as introversion, which means that they feel more comfortable focusing on their inner thoughts and ideas, rather than what’s happening externally. They enjoy spending time with just one or two people, rather than large groups or crowds.
When you hear the word introvert, you might think of someone who's shy or quiet and prefers to be alone. While that may be true for some introverts, there's much more to this personality type. Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert all depends on how you process the world around you.
A psychologist named Carl Jung began using the terms introvert and extrovert (sometimes spelled extravert) in the 1920s. These two personality types sort people into how they get or spend their energy. Introverts, Jung said, turn to their own minds to recharge, while extroverts seek out other people for their energy needs.
Signs You Might Be an Introvert
Around one-third to one-half of all people in the U.S. are introverts. Though it looks different in everyone, introverts have many of the same patterns of behavior. In general, introverts:
- Need quiet to concentrate
- Are reflective
- Are self-aware
- Take time making decisions
- Feel comfortable being alone
- Don't like group work
- Prefer to write rather than talk
- Feel tired after being in a crowd
- Have few friendships, but are very close with these friends
- Daydream or use their imaginations to work out a problem
- Retreat into their own mind to rest
One way to find out if you're an introvert is to take a test, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) or the SAPA project.
Causes of Introversion
Scientists don't know for sure if there's a cause for introversion or extroversion. What they do know is the brains of the two personality types work a little differently from each other. Researchers have found that introverts have a higher blood flow to their frontal lobe than extroverts do. This part of the brain helps you remember things, solve problems, and plan ahead.
Introvert brains also react differently to dopamine than extrovert brains do. That's a chemical that turns on the reward- and pleasure-seeking part of your brain. Introverts and extroverts have the same amount of the chemical, but extrovert brains get an excited buzz from their reward center. Introverts, on the other hand, tend to just feel run-down by it.
Types of Introverts
Being an introvert isn't an all-or-nothing stamp on your personality. Psychologists think of introverts as falling somewhere on a scale. Some people are more introverted than others. Other people fall right in the middle of the scale. They're called ambiverts.
Introverts usually have a few extroverted traits mixed in with their introverted ones, and vice versa. There are a wide range of ways to be an introvert.
One study shows that introverts tend to fall into one of four subtypes:
Social introverts. This is the "classic" type of introvert. Social introverts like small groups and quiet settings over crowds.
Thinking introverts. People in this group are daydreamers. They spend a lot of time in their thoughts and tend to have creative imaginations.
Anxious introverts. They seek out alone time not just because they like it, but also because they often feel awkward or shy around people.
Restrained/inhibited introverts. These introverts think before they act. They aren't likely to make a decision on a whim. Typically they take longer to take action.
Your introverted ways may change over time, and in different settings, too. You're not likely to swing from introvert to extrovert. But it's possible you could become more or less introverted, depending on what's going on in your life.
Introversion Versus Shyness
Many people think of introverts as shy, but the two aren’t linked. Introversion is a personality type, while shyness is an emotion.
People who are shy tend to feel awkward or uncomfortable when they’re in social situations, especially when they’re around strangers. They may feel so nervous, they become sweaty. Their heart may beat quicker, and they may get a stomachache. They may be inclined to skip social events because they don’t like the negative feelings that take over their thoughts and bodies when they have to go to parties or other activities.
People who are introverted also prefer to skip social events, but it’s because they feel more energized or comfortable doing things on their own or with one or two other people. Introverts don’t choose to skip social events because they have strong negative reactions to larger gatherings the way that shy people do; they just prefer being alone or in very small groups.
Myths About Introverts
One common myth about introverts is that they’re shy. Some introverts may be shy, but this is not the case for all introverts. Other myths include:
- Introverts are unfriendly. Being an introvert doesn’t affect how friendly you may be. Some people may think that introverts are unfriendly because they don’t tend to have large groups of friends, and they may reflect on situations quietly rather than joining in on conversations at gatherings.
- Introverts can’t be leaders. Although people may think of an extroverted personality when they imagine a leader, introverts have the skills to be bosses and leaders, too. Some of their qualities make them effective leaders: They listen to their employees’ ideas, they can stay focused on long-term goals, and they may seem less threatening, so people may accept them in their roles.
- It’s hard to get to know introverts. Introverts prefer to have deep friendships with only a handful of people. They may not open up to everyone who wants to small-talk, but the people they’re close with know them very well and develop real friendships with them.
I'm an introvert - I don't like talking on the phone. That's why I created a robot Masha - now she answers all calls - Tribuna on vc.ru
Hi, my name is Roman Rabochiy, I'm a developer and an introvert. Often my phone is torn from calls, but I don’t pick up the phone: driving, out of range, or just tired of talking to people. I used to look at the screen with missed messages and every time I was tormented: there was an important call and I need to call back, or is it some kind of spam from the “Sberbank security service”?
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As a result, I figured out how to solve this problem and created the telegram bot Masha, a virtual voice assistant that is difficult to distinguish from a person. Hear her say:
Masha answers when I don't pick up the phone, hang up the call, or if my phone is unavailable. After each call to Telegram, a message arrives with an audio file and a text transcript of the conversation - and I immediately see whether it is worth calling back or not.
This is how Masha appeared and works.
Invented Masha in one night thanks to spammers and the anxiety of loved ones
Sometimes mobile drives you crazy if you are always in touch and don't let go of your phone.
Calls from unknown numbers, spam and advertising. Last year, I received a bunch of calls: banks were harassing me with offers to take a loan, medical centers invited me to free procedures, scammers from the “Sberbank security service” assured me that I should tell them the PIN code from the card.
The easiest way seems to be to simply not answer or reject such calls. But what if it's not spam? What if this is a potential customer or a courier who brought me an order from an online store is calling? How to understand whether to call back or not?
It is not always possible to answer calls from family, friends and colleagues. I think you are also familiar with this situation: mom calls, she has an urgent matter, and you are in the pool, the phone is in the locker room. Swim, take the phone from the locker - there are five missed ones. Mom worries why you are not answering, even if you are already 40 years old.
You don't always feel like talking. Often I am not ready to talk in principle: I am already loaded with work, and also these endless calls. I want to relax, and then with a fresh mind to sort out all the important and unimportant calls.
I plunged into such a hell for about a week after opening the LLC: banks called 7–10 times a day, offering to open a current account with them
Spam blocking programs do not solve the first problem: they do not always recognize spam, let alone identify useful calls. The standard solution to the second problem - an answering machine - is not customary to use in our country, this tradition has not taken root.
I realized that I needed to create a new solution and came up with it overnight. This is how the personal secretary robot Masha appeared, which works on smartphones with any Russian telecom operators. I put all the knowledge and experience accumulated over the years of work in telecom into Masha. This is a product at the intersection of telephony technologies, speech recognition and natural language processing.
Looks like a real girl and knows how to maintain a dialogue: how I developed a successful solution (but not immediately)
First, I created a robot that answered calls on my ads on Avito. It was a super-simple assistant who worked according to one scenario: he listened to the person, said that Roman was busy, and said goodbye. The first version gave me confidence, it seemed that a solution had been found, it was time to distribute the bot to friends and choose a villa in Palo Alto.
But the reality turned out to be tougher: the bot serviced any calls not related to Avito, people did not want to communicate with the robot, and he could not support elementary dialogues. It was a complete failure. To make a personal secretary out of the avito-bot, there was still a LOT of work and repeated processing of the technical architecture.
I worked on the solution for a month. I needed to make a robot that would have two important features. The first is the ability to support dialogues that develop according to different scenarios. The second is the voice and intonations, as close as possible to human ones. And I did it!
The robot answers the call like this : “Hello, Roman is busy now, what should I tell him?”
When the person answers, Masha acts according to the situation — we have developed more than 10 bot behaviors and plan to expand the scenarios. For example, if a person says: “Let Roman call me back,” Masha will ask: “And on what issue?” Here are two different scenarios for developing a dialogue with Masha:
The difficulty is that the robot asks the caller an open question: “What to send?”, And the answer can be anything, unpredictable. But we continue to study the logic of people's answers and teach Masha to communicate using new scenarios.
I abandoned the standard voice robot with a set of mechanical cues so that Masha would inspire confidence and a desire to communicate. And he came up with a way to make the voice very similar to the voice of a live interlocutor. Believe me, even if during the conversation a person understands that this is a robot, he usually reacts with condescension. Such similarity with a natural voice is the key to success.
I also teach the robot to identify and transfer important calls to me. Already now Masha knows how to forward calls to me from couriers and delivery. The call is redirected to me already on behalf of Masha - and then I definitely pick up the phone.
How Masha's personal secretary works
Masha is a bot in Telegram, you do not need to install a separate application on your smartphone. You can connect Masha in a couple of clicks right in the messenger.
In Telegram, Masha greets and offers to connect the service. The bot asks how to introduce you and gives simple instructions on how to connect depending on your mobile operator
Masha will answer your calls in three cases: when you reject a call, do not pick up the phone for more than 10 seconds, and when the phone is switched off. Masha will speak for you, record the conversation and translate it into text. Text and audio will be saved in the chat.
This is how a message from Masha looks like. If you click the "❌SPAM" button, you will add the spammer's phone number to your own blacklist. If the spammer calls again, he will hear the phrase "The dialed number does not exist or was dialed incorrectly"
Two more advantages of using Masha
- I can always find the caller's phone even after a long time, because the text transcript remains in the chat history. For example, I spoke with a realtor about the sale of an apartment three months ago, but did not save his number. Thanks to Masha, I found a contact in a minute.
- I can find out what unknown number called me if it is a company number - an individual entrepreneur or a legal entity. Masha will find the information on the Internet herself and write the name of the company in the text transcript of the message in Telegram. Plus, we are already working on integrating the bot with the user's address book: if the number is stored on your phone, Masha will “pull up” the name of the contact.
First results: how I attract new clients
After creating Masha, I invited my friends, acquaintances and colleagues to test the bot and got surprisingly many rave reviews. People said that with Masha they became calmer and were no longer distracted by calls from strange numbers. That they will continue to use Masha and it is necessary to develop the product.
These are the messages that come from Masha's users. Vladimir uses Masha himself and has already "hooked" his friends on her
Then I made a landing page for Masha and started selling her services to everyone.
We have made a free full-function period of 50 calls, which is convenient for customers. During this time, a person has time to feel all the benefits of subscribing to Masha and decide whether he wants to use the bot further.
Now I don't use paid advertising to promote Masha. I tried to do this at the very beginning of the journey, and it was very expensive and inefficient. Once the bot itself got better, it started to grow on its own, with the help of word of mouth.
We use free mechanics to attract new users. Existing customers click on the "Share bot" button while chatting with Masha and share the link with their friends. For every three invitees, we give away one free month of subscription.
We regularly research Masha's users to improve the product, and have found a very easy way to test if the product fits the market: I ask people what would happen if tomorrow we permanently removed the bot. If users (it is important that they are complete strangers) answer: “Just try, don’t even think about it!” or “If you delete the bot, then I will hire you only so that you continue,” then this indicates that the matter is right and we must continue to move in the chosen direction.
How we improve Masha now
Adding new scenarios of people's behavior to Masha. I already wrote that now there are 10 of them, but we continue to identify and prescribe new ones. It's an endless and difficult job, and people are constantly throwing up new behaviors. To make a robot better, it needs to be constantly taught, which is what we are doing.
We are working on the quality of voice recognition of callers. This task is as endless as scripting, with no end in sight.
Making another version of Masha. And it will be a man: not all relatives like it when a pleasant female voice answers the call.
We are also working on the male version of the voice. It turned out that often jealous wives do not understand why some kind of Masha answers her husband's phone. We urgently need Misha too :)
Integrating the bot with the user's contacts. Now Masha does not recognize the numbers that are in the address book in the smartphone. Yes, in the message with the transcript of the conversation there is a button "❓ Find out the name", but we want to make automatic detection.
We teach Masha to work in technical support. Now Masha is responding to simple user requests like "Forwarding does not work, what should I do" or "How to pay for a subscription?". I hope that soon the bot will perform all the functions of user technical support on its own.
But what we plan to do in the near future
Let's create a troll bot for advertising spammers. In cases when Masha realizes that the call is definitely spam, she will “turn on the fool” and mock the spammer, forcing him to wait for a long time, being distracted by football and beer, complaining about life, noisy neighbors, etc.
Perhaps we will implement an idea to protect elderly relatives from fraudsters. Masha will be able to send all calls from unknown numbers to Telegram to any relative (son, daughter, grandson, etc.) of an elderly person, thereby saving him from divorce for money and loss of nerves.
Friends, I will be glad if you install Masha for yourself, try to use it and give me honest feedback in the comments, private message on vc.ru or in Telegram @rrabochiy.
8 SIGNS YOU ARE AN AMBIVERT
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Surely you have heard of introverts and extroverts? You may even have thought about who you are. Want to know if you're a shy introvert or a fun-loving extrovert with powerful self-expression? But perhaps you are not an introvert or an extrovert, but an ambivert! The ambivert is a happy mediator of these two personality types. Often ambiverts are forgotten, and personality types are evaluated mainly in two directions. In fact, there are three personality types, and one of them is the ambivert. I'll help you figure out if you can be an ambivert. When you read my mind, try to constantly ask yourself if you are like this if your world of thought and behavior is the same as that of an ambivert. I will also give examples of introverts and extroverts to make it easier for you to understand which one of you is an ambivert.
1. BEHAVIOR ACCORDING TO THE ENVIRONMENT
An ambivert is someone who changes his behavior in accordance with the environment. He is like a social chameleon who chooses attitude, emotional state and attitude towards people and the environment. If he likes those around him, he is free, cheerful and sociable, like an extrovert. If he feels uncomfortable, then he keeps away or watches what he says, as an introvert does. He is the golden mean of these two personality types.
Ambivert has situational behavior. This means that he chooses his attitude depending on the situation. If the person with whom he communicates is open, he also adopts an open relationship with him. When someone is rude, he stays away from that person and tries to find a way to get away. When someone is sad, they try to find a way to improve their mood. He is a multifunctional chameleon. However, this does not mean that he does not have his own character. He simply adapts to other people by nature and chooses his behavior accordingly.
For example, an ambivert may be very loyal, correct and serious at work, but when he spends time with friends he releases his inner child. Enjoy the fact that he is far from restrained and modest. The multifunctionality of the ambivert is different, depending on the person himself. They are not all the same, but my point is that they adapt their behavior to the situation.
2. BALANCED TALKS
Although introverts are excellent listeners who can absorb what they are told and are able to move quickly in thought, then the introvert does not always dare to express his entire opinion. Rather, he keeps a lot of things to himself, it's not something he wants to hide, but it's not natural for an introvert to give his full opinion of a situation. An extrovert, on the other hand, is someone who can easily talk to you, but he cannot delve deeper into what you are saying. An extrovert is not a person of deep conversations, he can easily direct the conversation towards himself. He likes to be the center of attention, he is very easy to attract attention.
Ambivert, the creator of the golden mean, and conversations with him are definitely more balanced. He can listen, deepen, give helpful advice, dare to speak his mind, let the other speak and speak himself too. When talking with an introvert, topics can end because they don't want to talk much about themselves, with an extrovert, the conversation can be dominated by the extrovert, but the ambivert gives sanche to both parties to be in the conversation. Extroverts draw too much attention to themselves, introverts get too little, and ambiverts are the sweet spot in between.
3. TO BE ALONE IS NOT A PROBLEM
For introverts, being alone or spending time with people with whom a strong bond is built up throughout life is like a complete safety zone. For an introvert, spending time alone is something they love and don't feel lonely. He will not be bored in his own company. For an extrovert, it is important to be with people, make new acquaintances and constantly share your thoughts, feelings and experiences. An extrovert has a large circle of acquaintances with whom he will gladly share his time. Being single is difficult for an extrovert.
An ambivert, however, is someone who needs both solitude and company. He should share these two moments in his life. If the ambivert was in company, spending time with other people, he needs to move away from other people in order to load himself, moving to a place where the introvert feels most comfortable. The Ambivert has no problem being alone and enjoying his own company. However, after a while, the ambivert wants to be in the company again. There is a constant connection in his life between social distancing and meeting people. If one side is too much, he goes to the other side.
Introverts spend most of their time in their own company, extroverts in the company of others, and ambiverts switch sides. Amboverts are, so to speak, social introverts.
4. WORK ON MULTIPLE FRONTS
Introverts are those for whom the best work environment may be alone or in a very small group. There is no problem for this personality type to get the job done without more company. Moreover, he is more productive when he is on his own. For an extrovert, society is a bonus when it comes to work, it makes him move, live and act. Working together, working with a partner is great. But an ambivert is someone who can do both. However, the ambivert does not want to be dominated by working alone or working in a community. For an ambivert, the best way to work is to work alone, then work with someone, work alone again and be productive, and then work together again. He needs a change, and if the workplace can provide that change, that's great for him.
Introverted people find it difficult to express their opinions in groups, so their good knowledge and ideas can only be known to themselves. For an introvert, independent work is the most ideal. An ambivert can work in any environment, independently or collaboratively, they can be very good co-workers, giving extroverts a chance to express themselves and speak their mind. However, giving the introvert a chance to stand out. An ambivert is someone who likes to bring everyone together, including those who are more modest, such as an introvert.
5. HEALTHY SCAPTICISM AND BOTH SIDE VISION
An extrovert is someone who trusts people automatically. He is socially open, for him anyone can be a friend, and communication with everyone can be a natural thing. An extrovert cannot always detect someone else's malice, lies, or bad motives. It is natural for him to accept a person, and therefore an extrovert can be greatly damaged during his life, because their trust is easy to win, but also easy to break.
Introverts tend to be skeptical. Something in the back of his head is constantly telling him: “I can’t trust him, he definitely has some kind of purpose, or there is something suspicious in him, I have to find out what it is. Someone sits on the introvert’s shoulder and constantly sends him a signal that makes him extremely cautious.
However, Ambivert has an excellent skill in reading people.He can easily recognize the true face of a person, his motives and sincerity.This personality type is someone who can see different aspects of everything.He can to see the good from the bad and the bad from the good, or to find something useful or harmful in everything.An ambivert is someone who does not reject the most unlikely idea, but at the same time he does not approve of the most utopian dream of a takka.He is on the ground with two legs and in same time optimist
6. QUALITY OF A FRIEND IS IMPORTANT
All three personality types create friendship in very different ways. While introverts have difficulty making new friendships, they can also keep friendships strong and strong. The number of friends is not important for an introvert, one good and reliable friend is enough. If there are two of them, he is happy. An introvert can keep friendships strong, even distance makes no difference. He is someone who can keep friends in his heart for the rest of his life. Suitable for an introvert if there are few people with whom he can share his life and truly open himself to them.
But an extrovert is someone who can make new friends on the go, that's not a problem. A smile, a few words, conversations and acquaintance with him. An extrovert is like a magnet that attracts attention and, of course, he likes it. An extrovert has a large circle of acquaintances, but very few, if any, deep connections in his life. An extrovert may be familiar with very large groups, but he prefers to get something from everyone rather than something deep from one person.
Introverts know a lot about their few friends, they know them through and through. An extrovert knows a thing or two about many people, but knows little.
An ambivert can be an acquaintance and friend of many people, as an extrovert. But he is someone who does not dedicate himself to a very specific person. An ambivert may have many friends with whom he tries to connect deeper in conversation like an introvert, but still wants to remain a free bird. Someone who is not directly connected and always has the ability to move from one person to another. It is important for an ambivert to communicate with people, to share their thoughts and life, but not to be associated with them. He is a free soul.
7. I WANT ONE, I WANT ANOTHER AND ALL AT ONCE.
There are many advantages to being an ambiver. An ambivert can be sociable, open, enjoy his own company, share his life with others, not miss people, be attentive in his work or delve into other people. But the ambivert also has its dark side.
The ambivert reminds me of the transition of the zodiac, where one energy collides with another energy and anxiety is guaranteed. This is the type of person who wants to be a bright sun among other people and at the same time be a lone wolf like an introvert. There is a constant struggle between going out and being alone. He wants both, but he cannot do both at the same time. When someone calls an ambivert, he immediately leaves. The other half of him, however, pulls him back into activities he can do alone.
The same struggle will last a lifetime, but balance can also be achieved. The ambivert needs to remind himself that if he's been alone for a long time, it's time to get out and vice versa. Ambivert helps balance his happiness crystal Yellow Jasper .
Yellow Jasper is a crystal that will come in handy if you are an ambivert. Yellow Jasper helps balance the energies of this personality type, helps to bring happiness into his activities and bring out positive traits. This is a big crystal of success and happiness, which helps the ambivert always find the best solutions for himself.