Are you a person of thought or action? Do you stand at the front of the stage or do you prefer to work behind the scenes? The answers to there questions are what separate introverts and extroverts. Scientists and psychologists have been conducting research which supports that personality types are linked to structural and functional distinctions in the brain! Many people are unaware of just how important this distinction is in daily life.It can influence the type of friend you make, your personal values, and social dynamic! If you’re an introvert, meaning you feel more uncomfortable in new social situations, going to a new internship where small talk is most likely necessary the first few day is gonna be annoying. On the other hand. if you are an extrovert, you might have a tendency to talk first and think later, which could put you in some awkward rambling during interviews. Both traits have their good qualities that really help shape us into who we are. Many people feel there might be something wrong with them simply because they haven’t taken the time to figure themselves out, which can put them in compromising situations in the future. How can you know where you want to go in life if you don’t yet understand your own nature?
Naturally, everyone is a mix of both these personality types, it’s impossible to only be strictly introvert or strictly extrovert, but finding out the one you most identify with can help you in you personal and professional life. So what is the most important distinction between the two?
Introverts feel the need to recharge your metaphorical batteries after a long day of socializing by relaxing alone. Extroverts feel anxious after being alone or without social stimulation for a long time. And then there are “Ambiverts” who are mostly in the middle (although most people show favor towards one or the other).
There are a number of characteristics that can help you figure out which one you favor and a number (1,2,3) of ways to test yourself to find which you favor. By knowing your personality mindset, you can actively avoid putting yourself in situations of undue stress or irritation and focus more time and doing thing that make you happy, whether that be a quiet night or a rooftop party. Be proud to be who you are!