Happily Introverted

Extraverts prefer schmoozing and social life because such activities boost their mood. But introverts are depleted by too much external stimulation, instead thriving on reflection and solitude.


If a crowded cocktail party feels like a holding cell to you, even as you gamely keep up your end of the chatter, chances are you're an introvert. Introverts are drained by social encounters and energized by solitary, often creative pursuits.


Extroverts make up about three-quarters of the American population, and as such come in all stripes. They zip through the world in search of novel experiences, social connections and leadership opportunities. Extroversion is a core factor of personality and is difficult to modify.