Are You An Introvert Or An Extrovert?

I used to think I was an extrovert. I enjoy being around people, when I’m in the right mood. I’m comfortable talking in front of a room or hopping on a live video. In fact, I come alive in those situations, it is what pumps me up. So wouldn’t that make me an extrovert? That is what I thought before I truly understood the differences between an introvert and extrovert.

What do you think of when you hear introvert or extrovert? Where do you fit?

When a project comes up an extrovert is determined to work with a group of people, they love the communication and energy buzz of having a group working together. If you were to put an extrovert in a room alone for an extended period of time they would not enjoy this, they prefer not to be alone with their thoughts but to share them and be around other people.

On the other hand, and introvert is thrilled to have a project to work on solely. They are happy to have a weekend to themselves. A time of quite and reflections. Don’t misunderstand this though, and introvert, such as myself truly does love being around people. I enjoy time with others but then I hit my threshold and require time alone to recover. My energy becomes zapped and the only way to overcome is to remove myself from the environment and spend some time running errands alone, taking a nap, or a walk.

A big misconception about introverts is that they are socially awkward or hate being around people. It is not true at all, it is more about managing energy than it is about being around people.

When we truly know our personality type we can understand our personal needs at a deeper level, when we understand our personal needs we take care of ourselves better which in return allows us to serve those around us with more energy and passion.

So now, are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Now that you know it isn’t about whether you love being around people or hate being around people, it is more about your energy and stamina in social environments. Did you find this interesting and new? I know I did when I distinguished between the two I felt like I finally understood myself!