Difference between Proactive and Reactive Behaviour

Proactive and reactive are very important terms when it comes to the type of lifestyle you choose to live. In fact proactive behaviour is influenced by a lifestyle choice, whereas reactive behaviour waits for choices to be made and then responds – hence the reaction part.

The basic difference is therefore when the actual action takes place. Adequate steps are taken and measures put into place by the proactive person before something happens therefore preventing problems from occurring or spiraling out of control. However the reactive person responds after something has happened by which time it is mostly too late to prevent the full impact of an event which if anticipated, could have been easily averted.

Proactive and Reactive Responses

Proactive and Reactive Responses

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Proactive and Reactive Thinkers

Proactive thinkers anticipate what will happen and plan adequately with self-initiation towards change. This way of thinking can encompass an all-inclusive lifestyle type of living or be perhaps mostly used in the workplace. This is a positive type of person not afraid of change and willing to take responsibility for their life decisions and choices rather than blaming circumstances. This type of behaviour has been identified by researchers as being positive and geared towards a successful lifestyle. They are in fact, excellent problem solvers.

Reactive thinkers on the other hand behave in almost the opposite manner. They wait for life or things to happen to them before taking any steps. The main problem with this type of behaviour and way of thinking is that these people never really face up to their responsibility as they are in a constant battle to resolve the previous issue. They are never really in a position to resolve their problems as they are always being bombarded with new ones because they still haven’t resolved the previous issue. This situation often makes the reactive person feel as though they are stuck in a rut. This person does not prepare well and may well blame external factors as the root of their problems.

Differences between Reactive and Proactive thinkers in terms of their learning:

Reactive and Proactive Learners

Reactive and Proactive Learners

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Reactive Learner: Accepts things as they are. Waits to be taught. Functions in habit. Defends their position. Does Enough. Has veneer relationships. Accepts goals. Lacks sense of meaning. Avoids weaknesses.

Proactive Learner: Asks Questions. Seeks learning opportunities. Functions mindfully. Appreciates others’ positions. Goes the extra mile. Has trust relationships. Creates goals. Seeks a sense of meaning. Builds and acts on strengths.

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Introvert and Extrovert Personality Types

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:

Introvert & Extrovert Chart

Introvert & Extrovert Chart

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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.

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Putting Your Life On Hold For Someone Else

That’s right we have all done it! Just admit it! Many of us, and that is a vast majority of women have put their lives on hold for something or other, usually a person dare I say. We do it because we want to be a saint or a saviour or something more that is beyond our own comprehension.

Time Is Precious

Time Is Precious so Don’t Waste It On Someone Else

To Please Or Not To Please A Spouse

I personally put my life on hold to please my spouse for years. I always used to think and plan according to when my partner and I would have the time to be happy – that day of course never came. Firstly, we were dreadfully unhappy in each other’s company so we would do other things to keep so busy so as not to bump into each other even as an accident.

Secondly, when we did have the time for each other, we realised how unhappy we really were and eventually separated and went our own ways. He found happiness with someone else while I carried on waiting thinking he might come back. It took quite a while for me to my senses and realised that not only had I wasted time in a bad marriage but I further wasted time waiting for him to come home after the marriage had quite evidently broken down.

One thing I have learnt for sure and that is – you will NEVER and I repeat NEVER get back that wasted time you neatly put on hold for the sake of someone else! I refuse to waste any more of my precious time for the sake of anybody now. I live my life by doing the things that give me pleasure while at the same time remaining responsible in the way I live my life.

So get up, pick up the remote control and un-pause yourself by pressing the play button. What exactly are you waiting for? Get on with it! If you want to achieve something in your life then the only thing to do is to go and get it in a way that is not harmful to you or other people. Take action after careful thought about the direction you wish to move towards.

Stop wasting whatever precious time you have left. Set a time limit and go for it No ifs buts, should etc. What do you want? What is standing in your way? If you are making excuses – you are the obstacle – so kindly remove your negative objections and get on with it! Free yourself of the emotional chains that bind you.

It is one thing to wait patiently, but when someone is walking all over you then put an end to it straight away! Remember that it is you who is allowing that person to walk all over you. You will know that you have done the right thing because the feeling will be right. Your heart tells it to you just right so listen up and do this thing right. So get up and fight if you need your light.

Otherwise sit right back down and keep yourself on pause or hold or whatever you want it to be at a snail’s pace maybe. Make excuses because everything will be alright in the end because when you look back many years to come all you will be thinking about is the wasted time and what you could have done but of course it will be too late then a life has been undone!

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