For a long time people that know me have been telling me they think I may suffer from depression and/or anxiety.  So much so that I began to believe it.  I am still somewhat open to the possibility, but my position on the matter is: so what?  I'm not hurting anyone.  I'm certainly not going to alter my body chemistry just because it doesn't match what is "normal".  Where would evolution have gone if all species could change themselves back to "normal"?


Last night I read this article about shyness, introversion, and social anxiety.  It confirmed many of my thoughts on the matter, and got me to research introversion more.  Before, I had been aware of the general idea of introversion/extroversion (never studied psychology that much), but I did not know that it could be such a specific and pervasive behavioral trait.  After much reading I found that on the introvert/extrovert scale, I'm about as introverted as you could possibly get.


Anyway, in the article the author references Winifred Gallagher: “The glory of the disposition that stops to consider stimuli rather than rushing to engage with them is its long association with intellectual and artistic achievement."  It got me thinking about religion.  Are introverts more likely to analyze the inconsistencies and problems with religion before (or even after) committing to one?  How many atheists are introverts?


So, do you consider yourself more introverted than extroverted?  A poll would be awesome, but I don't see an option to add one.

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I always feel a bit of anxiety whenever I've taken the Meyers Briggs test, because I end up with a different result every time.  I think I'm a weird case, because I do have a tendency to be shy in social situations, but I absolutely LOVE being around people, and if I don't get out of the house at least once a day or every other day, I get sad.  So I never know if I'm introverted or extroverted.  I also tend to feel my way through situations, but I also use my better judgement and common sense, so I don't know if I'm judging or feeling.  Meh.

Hi. I am an introvert but my atheist husband is an extrovert. However I am the one who became an atheist because of lots of thought, consideration and reading whilst my husband has never really considered why he is an atheist - he was just brought up in the UK by atheist parents.

Introverts do look inwards and are best satisfied by solitary thoughtful persuits so I suspect we do tend to have more considered opinions whatever conclusion we come to? We could come to the wrong conclusion tho. My extremely introverted sister in law is a theist and keeps changing which one.

Here you are - I put up a poll in two sections of YA. As you can see, some atheists have become defensive probably because Christians on there suggest we have deep psychological issues which cause us to reject god! Have had to explain a bit more.;_ylt=AnF4dRDMebKt4stsm3N...

It looks as though more atheists are introverted. However, the findings may well be flawed by the possibility that introverted people are more likely to be in and online!

I can't believe I'm only stumbling across this post now! This is a very interesting question and paging through the responses it seems that most atheists are introverted.

I myself am introverted. It's not that I don't enjoy the company of people or cannot fill a conversation, I just get overstimulated very quickly. So when I go out to parties with my friends I tend to get very uncomfortable very quickly unless I have a few glasses of wine or something (I'm guessing that it helps to cloud my nervous systems processing of the environment or something like that). I also need "recharge time" and if I am out too often and among people that I am not 100% comfortable with all the time then I get irritable and snappy and very unhappy. I enjoy being with people, but only when I feel ready, and I enjoy going out, but only after I have had enough alone time.

Being one of those people that are often alone and are comfortable with their own thoughts I tended to always question pretty much everything, I remember when I was 11, I would watch the stars and question the very existence of the universe... weird.

Strangely though I was also a depressed child, and this only came to my attention when I was about 20. This was when it got to the extent that I could not get out of bed, I would sleep about 12-18 hours a day and it started to affect my studies so that made me adamant to do something about it. I wonder if introversion and depression correlate in any way? I'm sure they must as I have read many studies discussing the negative effects of social isolation and introverts tend to isolate themselves a bit more than extroverts do, which may cause depression which then causes them to isolate themselves more, inevitably creating a vicious circle.

I do think that everyone has their own ideas on what introversion and extroversion are, so until a proper definition with which to compare ourselves to comes along questions like these may be a bit ambiguous. Still very interesting though! I think you may be on to something if it hasn't already been discovered.

My husband and I are both extremely introverted and atheist.

I am a major introvert (introversion of 94% in MBTI) and a staunch atheist with an MBTI of INTP, which makes up approximately 1-3% of the population. Of course, that doesn't say much since that's only 1-3% of the people who took the test, not the entire population of the US. I think that the analytic and logical mind of the INTP and similar types makes it easier to become an atheist or agnostic, since skepticism is literally hard-wired into our brains. I would argue that all of the intellectual types are more likely to abandon religion and spirituality or avoid them altogether.

I didn't know how the MBTI worked when I took it and got a very accurate description of my personality. Be sure to answer all questions honestly. That can be hard when you find the truth to be less than ideal, but that's all the more reason to be honest. It's hard to fix something when you haven't fully accepted it. If you already know how it works and haven't taken it, make sure you double check your answers for bias. I don't want to be seen as arrogant, but INTPs are often viewed as such. Tell the truth, suck it up, learn about your weak areas, and then fix them if they give you grief. You can't negate them entirely since you can't willfully change your personality, but you can at least lessen their negative impact. I've not found the motivation to address mine with any enthusiasm.

I took a personality test years ago that pegged me as an "extroverted introvert".  I like people, and like interacting with them, but I use a lot of energy when i do.  I recharge and do my best thinking when I have a little solitude.  It seems to fit.

I am mostly introverted, most of the time working by myself, with a small network of friends. But once my bile starts to rise, I can come out fighting. Mild mannered with a kind countenance generally,,,;p)

I tend to do both. It just depends on my state of mind. Sometimes I go out in an attempt to be less "I" or stay in to calm my "E".

 When i was 19 I worked at a place  that had a high volume of patrons. By nature this place was pretty social. I made many friends and acquaintances. I may have talked to each person an average of about a minute though. As an introvert going into the scene and becoming a social butterfly of sorts, allowed for social stimulation and to remain introverted as well.

 I figured out that when I was introverted I was actually protecting a number of things as is the same as when I am being more extroverted. I figured out those and use them as a tool for maintenance.

That’s a hard question for me to answer.  I live a very quiet, solitary, isolated, cloistered, reclusive lifestlye, often going for weeks having no significant interaction with anybody; and I am very content with it.  On the other hand, I get along easily with all kinds of people, and when I do interact with them I am loquacious, friendly, and interested in them, which also makes me happy.   Posting on this website gives me the best of both worlds. 

I find intro/extro-version to be somewhat of a myth.  Few people, if anyone, are very polarized in this regard.  Some say the difference is whether you 'recharge' in a crowd or alone.  I sure need my social time, but I think that time draws energy from me, psychologically, and I 'recharge' in solitude.  To that extent, I'm an introvert, but that doesn't mean I mostly prefer to be alone.  I think most people fall into the intro/extro paradigm in the same way - even if they really need some alone time but 'gain their energy' from being in a crowd.  Essentially I just think it's more of a spectrum that isn't properly described by the intro/extro paradigm as it is typically defined.

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