Introverts vs Misanthropes. If you’re curious about the differences between misanthropes and introverts, I’ve got some answers for you. As someone who identifies as both, I know that the confusion can be real.
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What is an Introvert?
By definition, an Introvert is a person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things. I, however, prefer Carl Jung’s view, that introverts are more energized by spending time alone, versus extroverts who become more energized by spending time with others.
How many people are Introverts?
It’s estimated that 25 – 40 percent of the population are introverts, making up a pretty large percentage of the population. This means like with any group, there are a lot of misconceptions out there about Introverts. The main misconception that I hear, is that Introverts dislike other people. This is entirely untrue. Introverts, for the most part, enjoy the company of others. Social gatherings just drain their batteries. After several hours of socializing, an introvert needs to be alone to process and recharge.
Can an Introvert Change?
Introversion is a defining personality trait. It’s debatable whether or not it is a learned behavior, but the general consensus is that it is either a trait you are born with, or it is a trait that is developed at a very young age. Introverts, while they may go through more ‘sociable’ phases, will be introverts their whole lives.
Fun Facts About Introverts:
Introverts have a tendency to be more creative than extroverts.
Introverts can be great leaders and public speakers.
Charles Darwin, Bill Gates, and Gandhi were all introverts.
What is a Misanthrope?
A Misanthrope by definition is a person who dislikes humankind and avoids human society. Essentially a misanthrope is a hermit, a recluse, and a cynic. In my experience this doesn’t necessarily mean that misanthropes hate every human, it’s a more general distaste for humanity as a whole.
How many Misanthropes are there?
Honestly, I can’t find a statistic for this, but if I had to wager a guess, it would be a fairly small percentage of the population.
Is Misanthropy a Learned Behavior?
Absolutely. To be fair, I don’t think there has ever been a study on this. It’s really not something anyone is debating though either. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t met a lot of child misanthropes. In my opinion, becoming a misanthrope takes years of being disappointed by humanity in general. Probably they’ve watched too many political debates.
The misanthrope, as an essentially solitary man, is not a man at all: he must be a beast or a god.Aristotle
Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind.Giacomo Lepardi
Introverts Vs Misanthropes
The distinction is quite simple really. Introverts get worn out when they hang around other people too long. Misanthropes hate other people. The two are not mutually exclusive. An Introvert is capable of being a misanthrope, but an extrovert is equally capable of becoming a misanthrope.
I hope you’ve found this post helpful, or at least entertaining. Let me know what you think in the comments.