Do you prefer one-on-one conversations to group activities? Do people describe you as soft-spoken or out-spoken? Knowing the difference between introverts and extroverts will help you get along better with the different personality types.
The difference between introverts and extroverts is boiled down to energy. Extroverted people are energized by social interactions introverts find social interactions exhausting. For example, after attending a party, introverts need time alone to recharge.
Extroverts are known to be those types of people who are outspoken, outgoing and concerned with what is going on in the outer world. Introverts, by contrast, are quiet and focused on the inner and mental world.
When introverts are in an environment with a lot of stimulation, like a loud restaurant, they will quickly become overwhelmed, causing them to shut down. Extroverts on the other hand, seek out highly stimulating environments as they get their energy from people.
The stimulation coming into our brains is processed differently depending on your personality. For extroverts, the pathway is much shorter. It runs through an area where taste, touch, visual and auditory sensory processing takes place. For introverts, stimulation runs through a long, complicated pathway in areas of the brain associated with remembering, planning, and problem solving.
Introverted people are known for thinking things through before they speak, enjoying small, close groups of friends and one-on-one time, needing time alone to recharge, and being upset by unexpected changes or last-minute surprises.
People who are extroverted are energized by people. They usually enjoy spending time with others, as this is how they recharge from time spent alone.
Introverts and extroverts are the extreme sides of the scale, the rest of us fall somewhere in the middle. These people are called ambiverts.
Ambiverts exhibit both extroverted and introverted tendencies. Ambiverts recharge their energy levels with a mixture of social interaction and alone time.
Getting the best out of both:
An extroverted person can still do things that aren’t typically associated with extroversion and introverts can learn to adapt to more extroverted situations, even if it might not come as naturally to them.
We are going to come in contact with a variety of personalities throughout our lives, from extreme introverts to extreme extroverts, and everyone in between. Understanding the differences between these personalities can help us get along with others and get the best out of everyone.