The introvert's guide to social distancing

(CNN)With millions of people social distancing to prevent further spread of the coronavirus around the world, introverts are echoing a native call: They've been naturally prepared for this their whole lives.

Introverts, as defined by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung in 1921, tend to be happier with their own company and feel their best after some alone time. They gravitate toward more thoughtful and solitary activities, and are considered to be reserved or reflective.
    Extroverts, on the other hand, are talkative, enthusiastic and more social; they're energized by encounters with other people. Most of us are somewhere in between the two personality types, but one trait does tend to be more dominant than the other.
    Typically, our culture is one that supports extroversion -- many introverts may even "fake it as if they're more extroverted sometimes because society does value extroverts," said psychologist Vivian Zayas, associate professor of psychology and director of undergraduate studies at Cornell University.
    "If you're in college or high school, it's like, 'I don't want to socialize. I don't want to go to that big party.' [But then] ... you see that everybody goes to the big party and you feel like you should want to go. That conflict is hard."
    Now, however, "we're in a situation where nobody's in a big party; we're all at home and introverts are finally doing what the social norm is and what is prescribed," Zayas said. "There's much more of a match between what's socially the right thing to do in our society and what an introvert might naturally want to do."