Difference between Introvert and Extrovert:
The type of behaviour you exhibit is a good indicator of the type of personality you have. The two main types of personality are Introvert and Extrovert. In modern day use, people assume that extroversion means outgoing and introversion means shyness. Extroverts are portrayed as being social and loud whereas introverts are portrayed as quiet and even timid, refraining from social gatherings. These are by far extreme depictions of the two varying personality types. These stereotypical versions are not necessarily true and accurate portrayals as these strong types of description can be exaggerated versions.
Research by Carl Jung
Originally, Carl Jung used the terms “Introvert” and “Extrovert” in the early 20th Century in order to explain how people used their energy and stressed that most people fall somewhere in the middle of these two extremes. In Jung’s own words:
“There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum.”
According to Jung’s research, the main way to find out if you are inclined to be an introvert or an extrovert is basically to assess where your energy levels come from. In psychological terms, you are naturally at ease with either the use of your internal energy levels (Intro) or external energy levels (Extro).
Various factors are taken into account when deciding if you are an extrovert or an introvert. The description which feels most comfortable and natural is what applies to you the most as the table below shows:
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1. Extroversion is a description of people who enjoy the company of others and feel energised with other people around them. They enjoy spending time with the outside world. They like to discuss their ideas with other people rather than simply think about it on their own. They enjoy the company of other people. They are essentially a people’s person.
Associated Traits: They are outgoing people. They like working in groups rather than on their own. Also they usually have a wide range of acquaintances and friends. A main weakness of theirs is that they can act on an idea without really thinking it through.
2. Introversion is a description of people who enjoy their own company. They feel energised with within their inner world. They like to think and visualise their ideas before they can share with others. They enjoy the company of one or two people and prefer to dream an idea rather than talk it out with someone.
Associated Traits: Reflective and /or reserved, comfortable in solitude and actually prefer their own company than that of others. Overall, they like to do things by themselves more often. They need very few people to keep them company. A weakness of theirs is that they can spend too much time on reflection instead of action. Also they do not always connect with the realism of the outside world.
Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, enjoy the benefits of either one. Work on your weaknesses if they are bothersome to you or become obstacles in any way.
Finally there is another term which covers the middle ground for both known as “Ambivert” – and that is a whole new blog post.