Introvert or Extravert
Have you been spending so much time locked down that you worry you may never rejoin the world outdoors again? There are so many of us forced introverts that it is something I considered so at that moment, I took the Myers Briggs Testing. Why? Well no matter what, our personality is always defined whether an innie or an outie, forced or not. Here is what mine came back as and let me say – it’s always been the result for me.
Now if that doesn’t define me as an inbetweener, i don’t know what does! But, did you know there is an attitude type for that? Well there is, it’s called Ambivert!
If you don’t feel like taking the Myers Briggs which can be found here, maybe just review your classic innie and outtie traits for some peace of mind as we hopefully re-enter the world confidently, albeit slowly. So here we go, let’s look at the meanings behind the terms & the differences which define each “attitude-type”.
Common introvert traits
- Enjoy spending time in solitude
- Don’t prefer to be the center of attention
- Value close one-on-one relationships
- Think before they speak/not as talkative
- Need time alone to recharge and reflect
- Prefer working in quiet, independent environments
- Deeply focus and think about specific interests
Common extrovert traits
- Have large social networks
- Enjoy being the center of attention
- Tend to think out loud
- Make quick decisions
- Gain energy from being around other people
- Outgoing, enthusiastic, and positive
- Thrive in team-oriented and open work settings
- Can be seen as reserved
We’re not all classified by one title or the other but can be a mix, like me , an ambivert.
Here are 9 classic signs you are an ambivert. I for instance, strongly agreed to each one. 1000% ambivert through and through.
- I can perform tasks alone or in a group. I don’t have much preference either way.
- Social settings don’t make me uncomfortable, but I tire of being around people too much.
- Being the center of attention is fun for me, but I don’t like it to last.
- Some people think I’m quiet, while others think I’m highly social.
- I don’t always need to be moving, but too much down time leaves me feeling bored.
- I can get lost in my own thoughts just as easily as I can lose myself in a conversation.
- Small talk doesn’t make me uncomfortable, but it does get boring.
- When it comes to trusting other people, sometimes I’m skeptical, and other times, I dive right in.
- If I spend too much time alone, I get bored, yet too much time around other people leaves me feeling drained.
I really like being around people and then like a gunshot, BAM i need to be alone and away from everyone. Ask any one of my friends whom has over the years witnessed my slurking away from them or others to refuel my comfort level. Sorry Folks, love ya but i just dont really like ya right now… yup – that’s me.
And just like that, being somewhere in between is fine with me, until its not. Ha!
So where do you fit in to all this? There is no right or wrong, but its helpful to know what IS you and you will be better equipped for all things life brings your way – even the aftermath of this pandemic and the new world it will shape around us.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]