Introversion vs. Extraversion: one of the biggest personality debates known to mankind. But what exactly does Introversion and Extraversion mean?
Many individuals may think that if you’re an introvert it means you’re quiet and an extrovert means you’re social. This may be partly true, but the true definition of these terms are based on how an individual stimulates their energy. An Introvert receives their energy best through themselves, whereas an Extrovert recieves their energy by being around others. There are also people who can be both an introvert and extrovert and that personality classification is known as Ambiverts. An ambivert will enjoy socializing with others in certain situations, but also have their down time as well.
Now, most people have taken the Myers-Briggs personality test, which I have a few times and I have landed in the category of an Introvert. However, there are some instances where I can be an ambivert as well, mostly in social environments like school and work. But, I mostly receive my energy stimulation best by myself and that is completely okay. An introvert’s mind is a lot different from an extrovert. Introverts experience more times of solitude, which means they take a lot of time to ponder. Now obviously, I don’t know what it’s like to be a full on extrovert, so I have no idea how their brain works, but I can imagine extroverts tend to crave more adrenaline than an introvert does and that’s okay.
I think often people have a lot of misconceptions about introverts because we live in an extroverted society. We all know that most of this world is built for an extrovert personality, but according to author Susan Cain’s book called, “The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, ” she states, “One-third of the people we know are introverts.” So if this world is supposedly built for an extrovert, why are there a lot of introverts in the mix of it?
To answer this question I say that introverts bring a powerful balance to an extroverted world. Many people may think that introverts lack good communication skills, but that’s not true! Introverts can have just as good communication skills an extrovert, why? Because introverts are known to be great listeners and plus introverts will most likely listen to understand than to reply. Introverts also hate small talk communication. Instead, introverts enjoy having more meaningful deep conversations with others. According to an article posted from Today.com called “7 Suprising Reasons Introverts Make Better Partners,” they discuss how introverts are great in times of conflict. Introverts will tend to think twice before they decide to get into a conflict, but they usually try to avoid conflict pretty much altogether.
Typically, extroverts fulfill leadership positions, but introverts can make great leaders too. Why? Because an introvert leader will listen to all the ideas from different individuals instead of just going off on their own ideas. Introvert leaders may not have a lot of network connections, but when they do their network connects are based on more one on one relationships with others. Also, some of the most greatest leaders in American history have been introverts. Rosa Parks, Albert Einstein, Eleanor Roosevelt and even Abraham Lincoln, fall into the category of introversion.
The point I’m trying to make is that we need to stop underestimating introverts in our society. Introverts have the power to make great communicators and leaders just like an extrovert does. So the next time you think of an introvert, remember the powerful balance they bring to this extroverted world.
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