It’s not shyness. It’s not anti-social. It’s not entirely a need to be alone. Introversion is a personality trait (defined by C. G. Jung) where we prefer to relate to the world by first taking it “inward.” Our energy comes from within. Extraverts, on the other hand, are energized by direct interaction with the world, such as socializing. We all possess introversion and extraversion to some degree, but according to Jung, we inherently prefer one over the other.
Introverts can be as outgoing as extraverts when we need to be, but we tend to tire more quickly around crowds, prefer to think things through before we act on them, and find inner energy through solitude.
It may be easy to think of introversion as a weakness, because we sometimes appear timid or cool on the surface. But it can actually be a true strength. Introverts can be reflective, thoughtful, and confident, with high powers of concentration and good listening skills. I guess you could call it the healthy side of quiet!
Are extraverts welcome here? Of course! Whether you are clearly introverted, have an introverted tendency or outlook, or have friends and loved ones who have these qualities, I hope you’ll enjoy your visit.