Friday, August 19, 2016

Introversion-Extroversion


Hey there, my name is Jenny and I'm an introvert.

Not many people introduce themselves that way. At least, nobody that I know. But there seems to be an unspoken boundary of introversion-extroversion. If you're an introvert, you'll most likely be seen at the edge of a party, striking up a deep and meaningful conversation with someone who you find close to. If you're an extrovert, look no further than to the huge clump of people, laughing wildly and exchanging small talk. (I hate small talk.) You may feel no inclination to change your behaviors. You're comfortable with being inside your own shell. And I get that. I don't take huge risks, but that also means that I don't often allow myself to experience things in life that maybe I'll find to be my favorite thing to do, or least favorite thing to do. I think it's healthy for everyone to take at least one small step toward the other side of the spectrum. If you're an introvert, try something that an extrovert would do. Host a party. Talk to the stranger that you're sitting next to on the bus. Share your ideas verbally more often. And if you're an extrovert, walk in the shoes of an introvert for a short time. Read a book. Journal your thoughts. Go for a long, quiet walk in the woods. See how the experience goes for you. Maybe you'll find a new favorite hobby, meet some people that you wouldn't have otherwise met, or maybe you'll just go back to your respective corners and continue living life the way you always have. Either way, let us all be aware of the fact that most introverts would like to have their space and most extroverts would like to lessen their space.

j.j.

[inspired: Quiet by Susan Cain]

15 comments:

  1. I think it's dangerous to label yourself as an introvert or an extrovert, because it means you begin to limit yourself. If you're an introvert, you might start to think that you don't enjoy meeting new people and being the centre of attention, so you don't - even if you would end up enjoying it and are now missing out on something. Honestly, I think we all sit somewhere in the middle of the spectrum; never at the extreme ends. But for those of us who have already labelled ourselves as one or the other, this post is important to read because it definitely is important to have a balance and do the opposite of what you have confined yourself to for a change.

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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  2. I consider myself an ambivert, i.e. I show qualities of both introversion and extroversion. I love going to events with lots of people...as long as I'm with a few close friends I can stick to. I'll be raucous and enjoy spending extended periods of time with those I'm close to, but shy away from those I don't know as well. But I don't let ambiversion define me--it's just another part of my wide personality!

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