Understanding the Difference Between Introverts and Extroverts
It's easy to spot an extrovert -- these are the people who thrive in the company of others, are outgoing and know lots of people. But did you know, that person may well be an introvert instead?
It's a common misconception that introverts are shy, retiring types of people. It's little wonder that we would think so, as a dictionary tells us that one of the definitions of an introvert is "shy." That may or may not be the case with many people who are introverted.
I recently found a resource that explains the difference between introverts and extroverts in terms of energy. Extroverts draw their energy from being with other people; conversely, introverts draw their energy from within.
This is why an introvert may well be a social person, enjoying time with friends and family and doing many of the things we generally attribute to an extrovert. The difference is, the introvert will find his/her mental and emotional energy drained from these interactions, where an extrovert will gain energy.
For an introvert to recharge that drained energy, s/he will need to have some quiet time, some personal space -- how often and how much is individualized.
Labels, even as general as introvert or extrovert, aid in the general understanding of oneself and others, but only if they are properly understood and applied.
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