You may have heard the terms introvert, extrovert and maybe even ambivert (although this one is a little less well known). But if you've not got a Scooby-doo what I'm talking about then don't worry, all shall be revealed in this blog, so keep reading!
Traits of an introvert:
- likes spending time on your own
- can feel drained from socialising
- need alone time to recharge your energy
- fairly quiet in social situations (especially with people you aren't close to)
- you may prefer working alone
- you have a few good friends and prefer it that way
- you tend to be very introspective and quietly curious
- people may say you zone out a lot in conversations
- you would prefer to write about your thoughts than talk about them
- you feel deeply
- you may be shy or simply quietly confident
- you dislike small talk/find it difficult
Traits of extroverts:
- you love socialising with people
- you enjoy gatherings or group social settings
- you get your energy from being around others
- you like working in groups
- you likely have a large group of friends or lots of 'acquaintances' and love the variety of it
- you are very outgoing
- you don't like spending time alone/are bored when you do
- you love chatting and having conversations with people
- you love meeting new people
- people would describe you as outgoing and friendly
An ambivert will have a mix of both introverted and extroverted traits. It can be thought of as somewhere in the middle. For example, perhaps you love having an evening to yourself once a week but if it was a whole weekend you wouldn't know what to do with yourself and you'd probably get bored. Ambiverts have also been called 'outgoing introverts', in the sense that you can be extroverted in the right situation (around certain people for example).
Which are you?
I think it's important to remember that introversion and extroversion are on a scale. So people are unlikely 100% one or the other. You may resonate with one more than the other or you may identify as somewhere in the middle. For me the main difference is, introverts tend to draw their energy from themselves, whereas extroverts draw their energy from others.
A great way to find out is to take the Myers Briggs Personality Test. It's a personality test that will tell you where on the scale between introversion and extroversion you lie. and if you're anything like me, you love a personality test!
I personally identify as an introvert because I adore (and need) my alone time and find it very tiring being around people, even those I love the most. What I do find interesting is that almost all of my friends are more extroverted (including my husband), so I seem to attract extroverts! On the Myers Briggs personality test I am an INFP-T (mediator) which means I am predominantly introverted.
I'd love to know what your result is, take the test and let me know!
Thank you for reading and hope you found this helpful and fun!
Love Georgia xx
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