Many probably learned in school that there are 2 types of humans, namely introverts and extroverts and that extroverts tend to be rather active (litterally extroverted translates as turned to the outside) and that introverts are rather passive (litterally introverted translates as turned to the inside), but this is not all by any means. I am sure most of the people who are introverted do not know that they are the way they are because of their introversion. This was the case with me. I always knew that I am much more introverted than extroverted, but I did not really know that almost all my (mostly very strange) character features are actually aspects of Introversion.
I therefore want to give you a short overview about the aspects of being introverted (Maybe some of the readers have the same problem that I still had a few days ago and do not know yet why they are like they are.):
Introverts are much better at listening than at talking and do not talk much at all.
They think much more than other people. Sometimes they really think to much and get almost caught within their thoughts.
They are very slowly in fullfilling simple tasks and in making desicions, because they have to think so much.
Because of them thinking so much they speak very slowly and sometimes need minutes to answer a question.
They also speak pretty low.
It is usually very difficult for them to look somebody into the eyes while they talk with him. They also get kind of clumsy when they feel watched while doings things.
They could talk hours about topics like philosophy or science, but are pretty uncapable of doing small talk.
It is very difficult for them to tell other people things about themselves, e. g. their thoughts and emotions or things they did when they were alone.
They usually do not show their feelings (or rather they only show them in a very moderate way). Because of this they also do not usually struggle, but they also do not usually smile often and many people think of them as being unsocial, unfriendly or unemotional.
They like and enjoy being alone. Being in a big group of people tires them and being alone can give them back their energy.
They do not like to meet new people.
They read very much.
They have usually not many friends, but tight friends. (Quantity yields to Quality)
They usually are much more receptive for art and music and more interested in the meaning of live than other people.
They realise problems faster than other people.
They like to be in nature (and even more to be alone in nature).
They can be very direct. They sometimes appear to have a lack of tact.
Of all gods in the norse mythology the most introverted is Vidarr (or Odin if you imagine him as an old silent and lonely wanderer), this is also one of the reasons I chose his (older) name for my nickname here, because I can so much identify with him. He is the god of the forest and there is no place on earth where I enjoy being there more than in the forest (not at least because I am mostly alone and the trees do not want me to talk), and he, Vidarr, alsmost never speaks, he is “the silent god”, the god of Introversion.
As a tolkien fan I always liked the ents the most. They are trees, they do not show many feelings, they need much time to talk with each other and they do not care much about others.
P.s.: If you want to know more about introversion and are german, check out this blog. If you are not german you can read following books:
Susan Cain – Quiet
Marti Olsen Laney – The Introvert Advantage
Elaine Aron – The Highly Sensitive Person – How to Thrive when the World Overwhelms You