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20 Signs that You’re a Sensitive Introvert
« on: May 15, 2020, 04:18:38 PM »
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  • 20 Signs that You’re  a Sensitive Introvert

       by  Scott Barry Kaufman

    Sure, many of the items on the list offered an exaggerated version of introversion, but there were some real gems that had a large grain of truth. Like this one:

    But then this happened:

    "He often wears headphones with no music playing, in the hopes no one will try and talk to him."

    You'd think that'd be enough for a lifetime of listicles. But no... they kept coming, mixing together many different traits under the general umbrella "introversion." For instance, some lists include shyness-reated behaviors, but it's well documented that shyness is not the same thing as introversion. Shyness is more related to being anxious and neurotic. There are plenty of introverts who prefer alone time but really aren't anxious or shy when interacting with other people.

    Another common misconception perpetuated by these listicles is that introversion and sensory processing sensitivity are the same thing.

    From "20 Signs You're An Introvert":

        "While extroverts tend to get bored easily when they don't have enough to do, introverts have the opposite problem -- they get easily distracted and overwhelmed in environments with an excess of stimulation."

    Actually, sensory processing sensitivity is not the same thing as introversion. There are plenty of socially introverted folks who can deal with loud sounds and bright lights, even though they may get emotionally drained from too many superficial social interactions. Vice versa, there are plenty of socially extraverted individuals who get overstimulated by sensory input. A number of studies support that idea that sensory processing sensitivity is much more strongly linked to anxiety (neuroticism) and openness to experience than introversion.

    But when I saw this list, I just about flipped my lid:

    Have you ever met someone who constantly tells you how "sensitive" and "introverted" they are, but all you actually see is selfishness and egocentricity? I'm sure you have, because these people exist in spades.

    Without further ado, here are 20 items that will allow you to gain greater insight into your personality.

        ___ I can become entirely absorbed in thinking about my personal affairs, my health, my cares or my relations to others.
        ___ My feelings are easily hurt by ridicule or the slighting remarks of others.
        ___ When I enter a room I often become self-conscious and feel that the eyes of others are upon me.
        ___ I dislike sharing the credit of an achievement with others.
        ___ I feel that I have enough on my hand without worrying about other people's troubles.
        ___ I feel that I am temperamentally different from most people.
        ___ I often interpret the remarks of others in a personal way.
        ___ I easily become wrapped up in my own interests and forget the existence of others.
        ___ I dislike being with a group unless I know that I am appreciated by at least one of those present.
        ___ I am secretly "put out" or annoyed when other people come to me with their troubles, asking me for their time and sympathy.
        ___ I am jealous of good-looking people.
        ___ I tend to feel humiliated when criticized.
        ___ I wonder why other people aren't more appreciative of my good qualities.
        ___ I tend to see other people as being either great or terrible.
        ___ I sometimes have fantasies about being violent without knowing why.
        ___ I am especially sensitive to success and failure.
        ___ I have problems that nobody else seems to understand.
        ___ I try to avoid rejection at all costs.
        ___ My secret thoughts, feelings, and actions would horrify some of my friends.
        ___ I tend to become involved in relationships in which I alternately adore and despise the other person.
        ___ Even when I am in a group of friends, I often feel very alone and uneasy.
        ___ I resent others who have what I lack.
        ___ Defeat or disappointment usually shame or anger me, but I try not to show it.

    Done? Now add together all the numbers to come up with a total score.
    How’d You Do?

    If you thought on some each of these, "Oh dear lord, that's sooooo me," don't panic. As I mentioned, there's some overlap between this scale and other tests that measure introversion and sensitivity.

    Now, do genuinely introverted people exist? Absolutely. Are there genuinely sensitive people? For sure. There are even many individuals who are both sensitive and introverted.

    But the latest research suggests that there is also a large selfish segment of the population who say they are introverted and sensitive when they really just can't stand it that everyone doesn't recognize their brilliance.

    The views expressed are those of the author(s) and are not necessarily those of Scientists


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