Introverts vs Extroverts
Ever wonder which are you? The thing with polarity is you are usually one or the other. The more we can learn about ourselves the more we can honour our unique soul self and give it what it needs to be nourished.
#Introvert Definition: Contrary to what most people think, an introvert is not simply a person who is shy. In fact, being shy has little to do with being an introvert! Shyness has an element of apprehension, nervousness and anxiety, and while an introvert may also be shy, introversion itself is not shyness. Basically, an introvert is a person who is energized by being alone and whose energy is drained by being around other people.
Introverts are more concerned with the inner world of the mind. They enjoy thinking, exploring their thoughts and feelings. They often avoid social situations because being around people drains their energy. This is true even if they have good social skills. After being with people for any length of time, such as at a party, they need time alone to “recharge.”
When introverts want to be alone, it is not, by itself, a sign of depression. It means that they either need to regain their energy from being around people or that they simply want the time to be with their own thoughts. Being with people, even people they like and are comfortable with, can prevent them from their desire to be quietly introspective.
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#Extrovert Definition: Most people believe that an extrovert is a person who is friendly and outgoing. While that may be true, that is not the true meaning of extroversion. Basically, an extrovert is a person who is energized by being around other people. This is the opposite of an introvert who is energized by being alone.
Extroverts tend to “fade” when alone and can easily become bored without other people around. When given the chance, an extrovert will talk with someone else rather than sit alone and think. In fact, extroverts tend to think as they speak, unlike introverts who are far more likely to think before they speak. Extroverts often think best when they are talking. Concepts just don’t seem real to them unless they can talk about them; reflecting on them isn’t enough.
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I always assumed I was an extrovert and I’m not at all. Isn’t that funny how now I realize I am really in introvert, I need my alone time…to recalibrate, recharge and come back out fresh. The more we know the more we grow.
Lets all celebrate which ever one you are and honour what you need as a unique soul and have respect for our differences. You bet its important to know the difference when taking photos of someone too in their personal space.
Here’s a great TedTalk by Susan Cain on Introverts 2012. TED-TALK