are you an EXTROVERT or an INTROVERT?

Extroverts “tend to be gregarious, assertive, and interested in seeking out external stimulus. Introverts, in contrast, tend to be introspective, quiet, and less sociable. They are not necessarily loners but they tend to have fewer numbers of friends. Introversion does not describe social discomfort, but rather social preference; an introvert may not be shy but may merely prefer social activities.”

Another way to ask it: do you regain your energy by being with people or by spending time by yourself Do you think extroverts or introverts have it easier? What do you think the world would be like if everyone was an extrovert? What if everyone was an introvert? Which do you prefer in your friends? Which are better leaders? Which are better writers? Which are better neighbors? Which are better teachers? Does introversion and extroversion matter? How much?

Generally I’m ready for more activity after I’ve spent some time by myself. But I can also be the same after spending time with people. I’m somewhere in between an extrovert and an introvert.

I don’t know that one has it easier than the other because they both have their advantages and disadvantages.

If everyone was an extrovert, the world would be a very busy place. Everyone would always want to spend time with other people. Places would be open 24/7 because there would always be people out and about.

On the other hand, if everyone was an introvert, the world would be a much quieter place. People would spend time with each other, but then go home for time alone before being around people again.

I think it’s nice to have a mix of extroverts and introverts as friends.

Either can be a good leader. Conferring with other people, or taking time alone to think before making a decision.

Honestly I think introverts are better writers. They’re more content to sit and watch people, making observations. And having things to write about is something some people (myself included) struggle with.

I think either one could make a good neighbor or teacher. There are no strict guidelines for who your neighbors should be, and every teacher is different. So there’s no right or wrong answer here.

I’m sure to some people, extroversion and introversion do matter a lot. But to me, it’s not really a big deal. I have friends who are both, and I love them all for who each are. There are times I want to be around people with energy, and times I want to be alone – or “alone” with a couple quiet friends – and being able to do that is great.

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