introverts vs extroverts

Introvert and extrovert are personality traits popularised by the 20th century Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung. He did this to help better understand the behaviour of his patient’s. Being an introvert or an extrovert can vary on severity, it’s like a scale, you’re not just one or the other but you might be more dominantly introverted or extroverted. Study’s show that roughly one half, to one third of all Americans are introverts, you might still think that’s quite a lot but this may be because lots of people pretend to be extroverts as it is idolised due to it being attributed to leadership, fun and daring.

What is an introvert

When you think of an introvert you often think of a shy person, although these two characteristic’s often co-exist, it is not always the case that an introvert is shy. An introvert is someone who finds energy in being alone and loses it when in highly stimulating environments, like parties. Imagine it like being a battery, when being over stimulated an introvert loses their power but is recharged when spending time alone. An introverts attention and interests are typically drawn inwards towards their own thoughts and feelings.

What is an extrovert

An extrovert is the opposite to an introvert in that they find energy when being surrounded by people. An extrovert would feel more comfortable at social events rather than spending their time alone. An extroverts attention is often drawn outwards to other people and what is going on around them.

The science behind introverts and extroverts

Although I do think these personality types are strongly influenced by our upbringings and environment, many studies have shown that there is difference in the biology of introverts and extroverts. I won’t go into to much detail here I’ll let the professional’s explain it but there is a difference in how introverts and extroverts respond to the neurotransmitter dopamine.

Characteristics of introverts

  • good listeners 
  • self-sufficient 
  • super focused
  • easy to please
  • observant
  • good at studying
  • trustworthy 
  • dislikes conflict
  • in touch with feelings
  • deep thinkers

Characteristics of extroverts

  • broad interests 
  • not afraid of risks
  • enjoys communication through talking
  • thinks out loud
  • enjoys group work 
  • looks to others for inspiration
  • likes to open up
  • interacts with strangers
  • needs to be stimulated more
  • have large social networks
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Positives of being an extrovert

Now you know what an extrovert is, let’s look at the benefits of being one. As we said at the beginning of this post, a person with extroversion type quality’s is often put on a pedestal compared to an introvert as these characteristic’s are often seen in successful people and people who we aspire to be. Sometimes extroverts are perceived as arrogant or self absorbed which isn’t necessarily true, they just enjoy being around other people. As we are social creatures, it’s natural to engage with other people, this can be a benefit for extroverts as they feel comfortable being around people, with natural social skills they can enjoy themselves at social events. Extroverts are often courageous and ambitions, meaning they can influence people easily.

Positives of being an introvert

Introverted people are often subjected to people believing they are ignorant or rude, however this is not necessarily true. As an introvert you find energy in solitude this would mean they would work better on their own, focusing on their tasks alone, this could also link to productivity, as introverts find energy with spending time by themselves they can often get more done as they don’t need to be stimulated by other people all the time. Another benefit of being an introvert is that they are often Self-sufficient in many ways, one key way that they can be self-sufficient is when they have a problem, They don’t always need to confide in someone else, they can be self reflective and solve their own problems. You often find that introverts are good listeners, this is a positive as people can confide in them helping build stronger relationship’s.

Famous introverts

  • Albert Einstein
  • Bill Gates
  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Issac Newton
  • Warren Buffet
  • JK Rowling
  • Gandhi
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Michael Jordan

Famous extroverts

  • Muhammad Ali
  • Bill Clinton
  • Steve Jobs
  • Hugh Hefnar
  • Will Smith
  • Nicki Minaj
  • Donald Trump 
  • Madonna
  • Paul Pogba
  • George Bush jr

Is there an in-between?

Yes there is. As we said earlier introverts and extroverts sit on a scale, not being 100% introverted or extroverted, both needing time in their non preferred environment. There is a name for someone who sits smack bang in the middle, this personality type is known as Ambivert. I think I would place myself in this category as I feel I have qualities of both introverts and extroverts.
Whichever personality type you have you should use it to your advantage, being the best introvert, extrovert or Ambivert you can be!
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