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Difference Between Introvert and Extrovert

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Difference Between Introvert and Extrovert

Introvert vs Extrovert

Introvert and extrovert are the names given to two of the basic personality types based upon their characteristics. No two people are the same, and people tend to have different physical and mental characteristics. In general, a person can be either outgoing or reserved, who could enjoy more when alone. In fact, it is more of a continuum than two separate, exclusive personality types. However, for the purpose of convenience, people are divided into these two categories. Knowing the differences between extroverts and introverts is a good way to know about one’s basic nature and act accordingly.

Who is an Extrovert?

One quality that distinguishes extroverts from introverts is that they like the company of others. In fact, they feel energized when they are surrounded by others. This is one quality that makes extroverts successful businessmen, managers, salespersons, and others found in public life. These are people who are comfortable in the presence of others and, in fact, put others at ease by their excellent communication skills. However, there is a price for being so gregarious that extroverts pay at times. These people wilt easily and fade when kept alone like sunflowers when they are put in a shade. This is why these people reach out for their phones to SMS or talk to friends as soon as they are alone.

Extroverts find being alone boring and look for exciting activities. They are found doing exercises and engaging in outdoor activities when they are not with friends or socializing in parties. Extroverts are seen having clashes with other extroverts as they all want to hog the limelight and want to be the centre of attraction. Extroverts love to live life in a fast lane and like varied jobs that are interesting and dislike slow paced jobs. Though they are glib talkers, they often land themselves in trouble, in social relationships, as they speak up before they think. During ceremonies and events, extroverts take up centre stage and often happen to be very good organizers of parties and events.


Who is an Introvert?

Introverts are exact opposites of extroverts as they are comfortable when they are alone. In fact, their energy seems to be consumed when they are interacting with others. Introverts like to be in the company of close associates or family members. Introverts would prefer reading a book rather than talking to others on a phone when alone. It is the leisure time that introverts prefer spending alone and with family or close friends rather than partying or socializing with others. An introvert is more comfortable relaxing all by himself rather than moving in his friend circle.

What is the difference between Introvert and Extrovert?

• Extroverts and introverts are two opposite personality types.

• While extroverts are social butterflies, introverts like to be alone and find their energy sapping when in the company of others

• Extroverts enjoy social events and parties and, in fact, they energize by being in the company of others

• Extroverts are found more in our population than introverts, and they are supposed to be normal while introverts are often misunderstood

• It is when one of the spouses is introvert in a marriage that problems start as it is hard for the mates to understand each other.

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Introvert and Extrovert

Personality can be classified distinctively on the basis of different and/or singular parameters like traits, physical structure, temperament, nature, etc. For example – Indian Ayurveda classifies people in three categories – Vatta, Pitta and Kafa.

According to Jung, there are two types of personalities based on dimensions of attitude:

Extrovert Personality:

Individuals possessing this personality type are social, practical, appear affectionate, informal, are good conversationalists, are active and lively. They are habitually outgoing, venturing forth with confidence into the unknown. They prefer outdoor activities, tend to be essentially social - participating in various social and personal activities. They appear full of energy and tend to involve themselves in a variety of pursuits. They are generally good leaders of big and small groups; they apparently live in the present, concentrating on current activity. These individuals adapt easily to a given situation and are particularly influenced by objects and events in the external world.

Introvert Personality:

Individuals who prefer to remain isolated or in the company of very few people, can be categorized as ones who have an introverted personality. Introvert people are more prone to thinking, and are thus involved in creating novel entities. They have keen interest in their own psyche. They are formal, idealistic, less social, talk less and brood about the future. They involve themselves minimally in social activities or in those activities which demand their active, direct interaction with many people. They remain passive and avoid being in the centrestage, or recognition of any kind. They are shy and inscrutable. They may appear to be dull and devoid of enthusiasm to others. They prefer indoor activities, to outdoor ones.

It is fairly difficult to find a person with a strictly singular characteristic.

Many individuals may be either introverts or extroverts, but generally speaking, a mix of both types of characteristics are found in a person. The personality type, which possesses the personality traits of both introvert and extrovert types are known as

Ambivert Personality.

These individuals show traits of introverted personality in some situations and in others, they behave as an extrovert personality type. This classification of ambivert personality was given by psychologist Eysneck in 1947.
Published on Apr 07, 2011
Last Updated on Feb 09, 2016

Lack of replies on on this question leads me to believe that most in this group are introverts.

An introvert is different than being shy.

Introverts will express themselves.


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