Despite common perception, loners aren't necessarily fearful of social interaction. They simply prefer more time to themselves for reflection and solitary activities. A major distinction between a loner, or introvert, and an extrovert is that a loner re-energizes by being alone, while an extrovert gains energy from social interaction.
Introverts also tend to prefer quiet and tranquil places as opposed to loud and crowded environments. A loner may become drained after a social gathering, even if the event itself was pleasant. Many loners demonstrate high levels of creativity and original thinking. Artists and writers, for instance, often spend hours in isolation to perfect their works.