Are you an introvert? If so, you’re not alone. Around 25-40% the population considers themselves to be an introvert. But did you know there are different types of introverts? Understanding each type can help you better tap into your strengths and, therefore, find more success in all areas of life. Engaging with Bach Flower remedies is also known to help people living as an introvert thrive in their personal growth journey. In this blog post, we’ll explore some the four types of introverts and discuss how specific Bach flower remedies can support them through any struggles they face due to their distinct personalities, bringing out the best in them.
What is an introvert?
Being an introvert does not necessarily make someone shy or socially anxious. Rather, it indicates a preference for quiet reflection over external stimulation. At its essence, being an introvert is all about having an inward focus; if one prefers to reflect on thoughts, emotions and ideas rather than seeking out external stimulation, they are said to be an introvert. This differs from extroverts who draw energy from social interaction and therefore thrive in more stimulating environments. While the two concepts may seem like two extreme opposites, most people find that their tendencies lie somewhere in the middle of that spectrum.
What Is an Extroverted Introvert?
Ambiverts exist between the two polarising personality types of introvert and extrovert; they possess attributes of both. Extroverted introverts are energised by being alone but they also enjoy being around people and socialising. Conversely, introverted extroverts often draw energy from being among others but like to retreat into solitude on occasion. These personalities have the unique ability to be outwardly energetic at times that require it, yet can easily switch back into themselves when needed. Ambiverts have the advantage of having well-balanced personalities that can be adjusted according to circumstance or environment, allowing them to navigate different roles fluidly.
Types of Introvert
Being an introvert isn’t as simple as just being shy and preferring to stay home. There are a wide range of ways to be an introvert and it’s not an all-or-nothing scenario.
Recent studies have identified four distinct types of introverts that can help us better understand the complexity of being one.
Social introverts are the “classic” type of introverts that people tend to think about. They prefer small groups and a quiet environment.
Thinking introverts take pleasure in daydreaming, lost in their thoughts and having a creative imagination.
Anxious introverts find quiet time away from others comforting because they feel socially awkward around people and anxious.
Restrained/inhibited introverts are characterised by their desire to think before speaking or taking action.
Understanding the different types of introverts allows us to appreciate the full range of unique qualities each member of this group brings to the table.
Now we’ve discovered the four main types of introverts, we’ll take a look at which Bach flower remedies can help support each group to bring out the very best in them.
What are Bach flower remedies?
Bach flower remedies are natural remedies that use flowers, trees and plants to help treat people’s emotional and mental health. Developed by British physician Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s, the remedies work to balance the mind and emotions by targeting negative patterns of thought and behaviours. There are 38 different flower remedies in total, each targeting a specific emotional imbalance. People enjoy working with the flower remedies are they’re completely natural, safe and gentle. They also have no side effects and can work alongside existing medication without interaction. The 38 different remedies can address a whole range of emotions across the full spectrum of emotional issues. People typically seek help for issues such as anxiety, stress or depression but they can also be helpful for motivation, confidence, sleep and tiredness.
Here we’ll explore some specific Bach flower remedies that can support the different types of introverts as outlined above.
Social introverts – Water Violet
Social introverts often tend to enjoy their own company more than being in groups and may come off as being aloof or unapproachable. The Water Violet Bach flower remedy is designed specifically to provide the needed emotional support and freedom to connect with people while still enjoying the individual peace that can come with solitude. People of the Water Violet personality type are solitary, quiet, and value their privacy; however, the positive potential it holds is helping them make meaningful connections without becoming too isolated. This remedy helps social introverts learn how to enjoy both worlds – connecting deeply with others while also taking time for themselves.
Thinking introverts – Clematis
The Clematis Bach flower remedy can be a great aid for thinking introverts who often drift off into their own private fantasies and forget to engage in the present. This remedy is unique in its ability to inspire the mind, granting an inner sense of focus and clarity that can help combat daydreams and sleepiness. Taking this remedy can also unlock your positive potential, helping you gain a newfound interest in life while honing your skills of thought even further. With its assistance, you’ll make connecting with the present moment much easier and ground yourself back into reality.
Anxious introverts – Mimulus
The Mimulus Bach flower remedy can be very beneficial in helping anxious introverts. This particular flower remedy is commonly used when people are experiencing specific anxiety or fear, such as illness, money problems, travel, or fear of death. Even those who are shy or have a nervous disposition can benefit from the calming effects of this unique remedy. Those with anxious tendencies will find its positive potential inspiring – Mimulus helps to empower one to face their fears and not get so caught up in irrational worrying.
Restrained/inhibited introverts – Scleranthus
The Scleranthus Bach flower remedy can be immensely helpful for restrained/inhibited introverts, as this remedy can help with difficulty in making decisions. This happens due to the uncertainties and indecision that comes from being unable to order thoughts or concentrate. Their outlook might come across as unpredictable as it can often take them a long time to make decisions. Scleranthus types and restrained/inhibited introverts tend not to share their thoughts with others or ask others for help in decision making. The Scleranthus Bach flower remedy helps with finding inner certainty and calm.
Though there are many different types of introverts, all share preference for quiet reflection over external stimulation. The Bach Flower Remedies can help to bring balance for each type of introvert, providing the support needed to lead a happy and healthy life. If you’re interested in trying out the Bach Flower Remedies, you buy a personalised remedy from Mindful Remedies choosing up to seven remedies in a bottle.
If you’d like further help selecting other remedies to add to your personalised blend, you might want to read our Bach Flower Remedies Diagnostic Chart which details all the 38 flower remedies and which emotions they can help with.