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The Neuroscience Behind Why Introverts Think Too Much

We’ve come to understand that both introverts and extroverts do things differently. Extroverts tend to speak their mind and have no problem expressing their feelings to a large group of people. Introverts on the other hand appear to be more reserved, think clearly before speaking and obtain energy from doing independent activities.

A particularly interesting area to study is how the brain works differently for both ends of the spectrum. German psychologist Hans Eysenck researched the brain of an introvert and found that introvert’s have naturally high cortical arousal, meaning their ability to process information per second is higher than the average extrovert.

For an introvert in a heavily stimulated environment, such as large groups of people with loud noises and movements, they will most likely get more overwhelmed and exhausted from the brains cortical activity.

The definition of introverts can be hard to describe however,  It’s not to be confused with people who are shy. Some introverts love hanging out in big groups and have confidence in speaking aloud but there’s just a few things that introverts seem to have stronger traits in.

Here are the five traits you see in introverts

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They’re Deep Thinkers

Introverts do a LOT of thinking. They have monologues in their minds about situations and go deep into complexities about things which often ends up being unnecessary. They like to contemplate multiple scenarios and work out solutions for each. Good amounts of an introvert’s day is spent on thinking deeply.

They Analyze Experiences

Adding to the deep thinking, a lot of analysis comes to play with past, present and future experiences. Introverts take facts and experiences from the past and link them with new facts and experiences. They like to be nostalgic but also like to prepare for the future from learning from the past. They like to draw a big picture in the heads to see how things connect, using a lot of problem solving skills.

They Look at Multiple Perspectives

Introverts don’t tend to be the loud one in the group, they tend to do a lot of observing when other people speak. Observations of social situations on how people react and perceive is a strong feature of an introvert’s personality. They quickly learn multiple ways of seeing things, and tend to know how to adapt themselves to better communicate with others.

They are Naturally Empathetic

As patient and active listeners, an introvert is someone that will offer great comfort and support when others are down. They are empathetic and accepting of others, and have realistic answers to solve problems.

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