Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

IntrovertOrExtravertMost personalities fall into the categories of either extrovert or introvert.

But studies have found that, in general, there is no 100 percent extrovert and no 100 percent introvert.

Nevertheless, both personality types are boxed and labeled by many, causing considerable misunderstanding of the quality of person that is inside that extrovert or introvert.

A 2013 study published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience said that there are real physiological reasons that individuals are the way they are.

Extroverts are likely to associate a rush of the feel-good brain chemical dopamine with his or her environment at the time.

They are prone to opt for instant gratification and focus more on faces, while introverts pay more attention to small details and are overwhelmed by too much stimulation.

We live in a noisy world, as self-proclaimed introvert Susan Cain attested in her book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. Another popular book is authored by Sophia Dembling: The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World.

(The study didn’t say so, but keep in mind that physiological activity within the body can be influenced by diet and various environmental factors.)

Extroverts may seem to be more excited, energetic, confident and socially savvy than introverts. But the constant yakking could be a facade. Those folks too, have times of self-doubt, sadness and inferiorority, especially during periods lacking the interaction they need.

Extroverts are often regarded as better for business. Not always. Their need for interaction could reduce their productivity at work, while introverts are better able to focus and get on with the job.

Other labels applied to talkative extroverts are ‘self-centeredness’ and ‘don’t listen.’ But that outpouring of words could be a way of expressing genuine concern and interest, especially if the talker asks a lot of questions. Extroverts can sometimes be exceptional both at listening and drawing people out.

It is commonly believed that extroverts have to have people and interaction around all the time. The fact is, studies show that they too need quiet, thinking time.

But not too much of it! Unlike introverts, who can be great conversationalists and compassionate listeners for short periods, then demand long quiet times, extroverts are their polar opposites! A little of one and a lot of the other.

The point of all this is discernment. Look beyond the annoying non-stop talker or the boring non-talker and see the person within. We are not all of one or the other.


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