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Brendan Barstow # Posted on August 25, 2012 at 6:11 pm

@galactimus, I’m sure introverts existed then as they do now. I’m not entirely sure what the genetic/environmental makeup of the personality quality is, so it’s difficult to say what kind of effect evolution could have on the quality. It’s important to remember that being introverted doesn’t mean disliking people or being socially inept or anything. Put simply, I’ve understood it to be a preference for your inner world over the outer world, combined with the energy principle I mentioned earlier. Also, I doubt the difference between introverts and extroverts in early human behavior would have been enough to form evolutionary preferences. It wouldn’t be a difference between someone living on their own and providing for themselves over living in a tribe, it would just be someone spending more time on their own AMONG the tribe-much like how introverts and extroverts interact today. Introverted people don’t totally disconnect from society and become wholly independent, instead, we just prefer to spend more time alone or in smaller groups, within the confines of a greater society.