Difference Between Introvert and Extrovert

Introvert vs Extrovert

Introvert and extrovert are the names given to two of the basic personality types based upon their characteristics. No two people are the same, and people tend to have different physical and mental characteristics. In general, a person can be either outgoing or reserved, who could enjoy more when alone. In fact, it is more of a continuum than two separate, exclusive personality types. However, for the purpose of convenience, people are divided into these two categories. Knowing the differences between extroverts and introverts is a good way to know about one’s basic nature and act accordingly.

Who is an Extrovert?

One quality that distinguishes extroverts from introverts is that they like the company of others. In fact, they feel energized when they are surrounded by others. This is one quality that makes extroverts successful businessmen, managers, salespersons, and others found in public life. These are people who are comfortable in the presence of others and, in fact, put others at ease by their excellent communication skills. However, there is a price for being so gregarious that extroverts pay at times. These people wilt easily and fade when kept alone like sunflowers when they are put in a shade. This is why these people reach out for their phones to SMS or talk to friends as soon as they are alone.

Extroverts find being alone boring and look for exciting activities. They are found doing exercises and engaging in outdoor activities when they are not with friends or socializing in parties. Extroverts are seen having clashes with other extroverts as they all want to hog the limelight and want to be the centre of attraction. Extroverts love to live life in a fast lane and like varied jobs that are interesting and dislike slow paced jobs. Though they are glib talkers, they often land themselves in trouble, in social relationships, as they speak up before they think. During ceremonies and events, extroverts take up centre stage and often happen to be very good organizers of parties and events.


Who is an Introvert?

Introverts are exact opposites of extroverts as they are comfortable when they are alone. In fact, their energy seems to be consumed when they are interacting with others. Introverts like to be in the company of close associates or family members. Introverts would prefer reading a book rather than talking to others on a phone when alone. It is the leisure time that introverts prefer spending alone and with family or close friends rather than partying or socializing with others. An introvert is more comfortable relaxing all by himself rather than moving in his friend circle.

What is the difference between Introvert and Extrovert?

• Extroverts and introverts are two opposite personality types.

• While extroverts are social butterflies, introverts like to be alone and find their energy sapping when in the company of others

• Extroverts enjoy social events and parties and, in fact, they energize by being in the company of others

• Extroverts are found more in our population than introverts, and they are supposed to be normal while introverts are often misunderstood

• It is when one of the spouses is introvert in a marriage that problems start as it is hard for the mates to understand each other.

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More than likely where one was raised and what kind of physical problems (disabilities)  they suffer with is a determining factor in  introvert/extrovert scale.

Introverted here as well. While I do enjoy company, I find it easier to "recharge" alone.

On Myers-Briggs, I've read that the test is unreliable (someone can get different results -- that matches my experience) and not correlated with recognized personality traits in psychology; however, the general concept, that "not all great minds think alike" (shamelessly borrowing a line from some underwriter on public radio whose name I've forgotten), is valid and worthy of being popularized.

(Likewise, "The Five Love Languages" by a conservative Christian pastor starts with the valid concept that people use different "languages" such as touch (independent of wanting to get into bed!), affirmations, acts of service, quality time, and gifts to express their love, and are attuned to some more than others. He has a restricted view of relationship styles and of gender roles, and fails to appreciate how "multilingual" some people are. Arguably there are other "love languages" as well, such as compersion in nonmonogamous relationships. (Some good and a few bad definitions of compersion at Urban Dictionary))

Hear, hear!

Is Myers Briggs, or the MMPI a way at looking at personalities from a 1950's viewpoint?

Does the MMPI seem to be a comparison to the the Garrison Keillor  (Prrarie Home Companion)   radio broadcast?

Presonalities don't change but the way people are questioned may.

Introverts' secrets of success

Editor's note: 'Thinking Business' focuses on the psychology of getting ahead in the workplace by exploring techniques to boost employee performance, increase creativity and productivity.

London (CNN) -- Imagine you're in a meeting at work.

Everyone else is throwing out ideas, talking loudly and debating.

You know you should say something but it's hard to get a word in so you sit in anxious silence.

Then disaster strikes.

Your boss looks over at you and says: "What do you think?"

In that instant, your brain freezes and you can't think of a thing to say.

If you've ever been tongue-tied in a meeting, desperate to escape after-work drinks or stressed out in an open-plan office, chances are you're an introvert.

One quarter to half of us are introverts, depending on which study you look at.

Introversion unpacked

Introverts are often misunderstood.

"It's really about energy," says Marti Olsen Laney, a psychotherapist and author of "The Introvert Advantage."

Introverts generate energy through reflection and quiet time while an extraverts' energy is increased by spending time in busy, stimulating places often with lots of people around, according to Olsen Laney.

"Introversion and extroversion are real -- and even genetic -- and genuinely change the way the world looks to those people," says Dan Cable, Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School.

"The key is not to think about two categories but a continuum," notes Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Professor of Business Psychology at University College London and author of "Confidence: The Surprising Truth About How Much You Need And How t...

"Most people are actually in the middle," he says, adding that each category can have characteristics of the other.

Unlike Asian cultures, which are much more accepting of introverts, the West has long been biased towards extraverts, he says.

Leadership myth

The conventional wisdom, backed up by decades of studies, is that extraverts make better leaders.

"This idea is based on the false premise that activity equates to productivity, that confidence signals competence," says Chamorro-Premuzic.

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Hyperactivity in the video seems to be the main point.

Damn near impossible to listen to.

Well you be the judge. I just saw my best friend the other day for a pizza party our kids went to.  Hadn't seen him in 7 years! I really need to get out more.

Chucky Cheese, or other places for kids are simply that - places for kids.

Sorry for my sarcasm.

Hm-mm, introvert until at 42 I felt my anger at my once-athletic dad's occasional violence. The energy my anger gave me was greater then my fear of confrontation. In four years of political combat, my opponents helped me build my self confidence and personal power.

At about 47 when I again met my aged and frail dad, I realized I no longer needed to beat him to a pulp.

Now 86 and for years vastly happier, I'm sometimes intro and enjoy reading and sometimes extro and enjoy meeting people and chatting with them.

BTW, during the Korean War I was in the Navy and I chuckle as I tell other combat veterans, "I had PTSD before I went to war".

Sorry for my rant.

Very painful, but well put!

Intoverts were often described as shy people?

Are they?


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