Casually Explained: Introverts and Extraverts

published on July 20, 2020

Now I think there's a fair bit of misunderstanding around what an introvert or extrovert actually is and while introverts are most often portrayed as being shy and awkward and extroverts as being charismatic and sociable it isn't always the case to

Give an example most people think that stand-up comedians are all super extroverted because they go on stage in front of a whole crowd but in practice most of their time is spent writing not performing even someone as famous as

Louis ck has called himself an introvert despite the fact that he's performed in front of what a dozen women so what does being introverted or extroverted actually mean and the first thing is that you're not entirely one or

The other you're somewhere on a normal distribution or bell curve that runs from total introversion on one side to total extraversion on the other side which means almost everyone is actually around the middle you might have heard

Some people in this category called themselves ambivert it but they're actually just average now the simplest definition of the two extremes is that extroverts are energized by social interaction while introverts are

Exhausted by it and prefer more time alone problem here is that it's easy to self-diagnose without comparing yourself to anyone but it only really makes sense if you give a group of people a few dozen hypothetical situations and then

Rank order their responses relative to everyone else so you're not way off at the end of the introvert spectrum just because you only rate your uber driver five stars if he doesn't talk to you you're probably just on a different sort

Of spectrum so without quizzing you on every detail of your life one of the signs that you're more introverted or extroverted so extroverts tend to have a lot of acquaintances while introverts don't this is of course because

Extroverts tend to meet more people but also because they're more likely to say oh boy I'm not doing anything on Sunday and I haven't seen Cindy for a month I should ask her for coffee and I can see how her new job is going where as an

Introvert is more likely to say well boy I'm not doing anything on Sunday extroverts experience more positive emotion or at least experience positive emotion more intensely this means they're more enthusiastic and excitable

This is interesting because if you take something like a concert in control for drugs and alcohol the people near the front will tend to be more extroverted while people who are more introverted will be further away from the stage like

At home so behaviorally extroverts might seem to act first and think later but I think a better description would be that extroverts tend to eat experience more and reflect less while

Introverts experience less and reflect more in a way you could say the biggest fear of an introvert is losing their hearing because then they couldn't listen whereas the biggest fear of an extrovert would be losing their tongue

Because then they couldn't eat ass now you might wonder if your degree of introversion or extroversion changes as you get older or if you're stuck how you are forever and for things like how much positive emotion you experience it

Doesn't look like that changes much however some people make the argument that the things that happen to you during your life can change the way you process emotions I don't know for sure but anecdotally I have never experienced

Much positive emotion since the big accident being conceived ultimately it's no better or worse to be introverted or extroverted as long as your behavior really is a preference and what you're doing with your time is meaningful to

You with that said some extroverts might socialize to avoid personal development and some introverts might like to have more friends than they do but are anxious or lack social skills so whatever your disposition you have to

Spend time with people and you have to spend time alone so make sure you're not being avoidant or it can lead to some pretty big blind spots for me I remember back when tinder first came out my friends decided I had to go in at least

One date just for the sake of it because I didn't usually meet many new people now the thing is I didn't have much sexual experience at the time I mean I still don't but I didn't then either so when I got a match eventually I asked

Them out to a movie because I like watching movies and I thought that's what a date was now what I didn't realize was that when you're watching a movie you don't really see or interact with the other person at all the whole

Time so we were just sitting there with each other in complete darkness not saying a word is we ate from our own bag of popcorn then two and a half hours later when the movie ended and the house lights came on we looked at each other

And said good movie huh yeah pretty good and that was the whole date so yeah five stars so be sure to check out the content on the other platforms and all of the

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