Introducing Extroverts, Introverts and Ambiverts
This story was prompted by a recent post by one of my very best friends here on ep. He wrote a story; and for the first time I actually bristled a bit. All of his writing, ramblings and blogs I have great respect for. With that said, I found my ego and emotions getting in the way. I even found myself feeling a bit bruised (not necessarily warranted).
I stated in my comment that I was a complete extrovert with friends that are introverts. This is not entirely true. In further research, I found that I am neither an extrovert or introvert, but rather an ambivert. Hmm…, you ask what is an Ambivert? Please read on.
DISCLAIMER: This story is not intended to offend. It is purely my opinion with a bit of research done prior to writing. If your comments are mean spirited, please refrain, as my intent was not to create division or disharmony; just another point of view.
Extroversion and Introversion
Extroversion and introversion are very popular terms and are widely used in personality tests. People often regard themselves as being either an extrovert or an introvert. Below I have outlined what I have researched; what each type is as well as their strengths.
What is an extrovert?
Extroverts are interested in the external world. Their focus is on people and ob
It is estimated that extroverts outrank introverts 3 to 1.
Research carried out by Twenge (2001) found that extroversion appeared to have become more prevalent in the US over the years. This may not mean that there are more extroverts out there – rather it could be that extroversion has become a more acceptable personality trait than it was decades ago.
What are the strengths of an extrovert?
Extroverts like to focus on concrete reality and as such are practical and have common sense. They make decisions easily and quickly take action. Extroverts are sociable, enthusiastic and eager to try new things. They can live in the present, without worrying about the future. Their desire for success means they relish achievements.
What is an introvert?
Introverts are concerned with their own thoughts and feelings. They are quieter than extroverts and prefer to be removed from the social world. As such they are happy being alone. Introverts do socialize but it will be with a few close friends rather than large groups of people. They will probably feel lonelier in a crowd than on their own. Introverts prefer to plan and analyze things and are careful in their decision making.
What are the strengths of an introvert?
Introverts are capable of introspection and self-knowledge. They value their own standards and principles and as such are independent minded. Other people are not needed for their entertainment or stimulation. Introverts are interested in what is going on underneath rather than being concerned with trivial matters. An introvert will be imaginative and intuitive.
Assumptions made about introverts
There is often a tendency to see introversion as a problem that needs to be corrected. This is not the case. Introversion is not about being shy, depressed or lacking confidence. It is not about having bad social skills either. They just do not need the external world as much as an extrovert for their happiness. Introverts are happy as they are and do not need to be taken out of themselves. Introverts may not give much away about themselves. It is therefore important to not make assumptions about what is going on for them or what they really want.
Remember, we are all unique and have our own set of characteristics. It is unlikely that a person is totally extrovert or totally introvert. In fact most people are probably ambiverts – sometimes concerned with their environment, sometimes with themselves. This idea is important as it can help you see that you are not all or nothing. It is also an idea to reflect on when you hear someone refer to themselves or another as extrovert or introvert.