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Are You an Introvert or an Extrovert?

Updated on February 23, 2017
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Rebecca has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and has been a freelancer online for 6+ years

Do you prefer your solitude, enjoy having a social life or fall somewhere in between?

Let's look at how the characteristics of an introvert differ from those of an extrovert to see where YOU fall on the scale.

Carl Jung and Personality Attitudes

You can thank early theorist Carl Jung for introducing us to what he lovingly deemed attitudes (introversion and extroversion) to the theory of personalities.

An attitude, in this respect, is a predisposition to behave a certain way. Jung focused heavily on relating people to introversion or extroversion as a first step in analyzing one's personality

According to Jung, four functions make up a person's personality as a whole including feeling, thinking, sensation, and intuition. After deeming these four functions, Jung was able to provide a solid stance on eight differing personality types that all start with a glance at either introversion or extroversion.

Personality Profile Quiz

If you've ever taken a personality profile quiz or test you can be certain that one of the core factors in the scoring of that test was to figure out whether you leaned more towards introverted traits or extroverted traits. Let's look deeper so you can theorize for yourself where you fall.

Introvert Traits

Introverts tend to be classified as the shy, quiet ones. But don't let this lead you into false ideas that they are slow or have a personality disorder of sorts. In fact, just the opposite is true.

Introverts tend to spend a lot of time fine tuning and honing skills that their extrovert cousins like to avoid. Because of this, they tend to make up 60% of the gifted population. Way to go smarty pants! Introverts seem to excel in reading, writing, and any activity that allows them solitude.

When you think about being an introvert the first characteristic that comes to mind is someone who is shy. Contrary to popular belief shyness is not the main diagnostic criteria behind being identified as an introvert. Introverts just generally prefer solitude to a group of people (and that's totally OK). They crave alone time and being around a group of people often drains them of their energy. It is for this reason that after a large gathering the stressed out introvert needs time alone to regroup and refocus.

The Tradtional Introvert

Often time's introverts are sociable creatures to a select few individuals. This includes their friends and their family since there is a familiarity there. They are very creative beings and will often join in on a conversation to shed light on a subject rather than talk about trivial topics (the true introvert could care less about entertainment news). Often, they will think through their reasoning's before joining in on the conversation, and even then the conversation is limited to a select few individuals.

Life for the introvert is just as fulfilling as it is for the extrovert. They do not feel they lack social interaction; they are not "loners" of any nature. They believe that conversations with a large group of people or group activities are simply overrated.

Albert Einstein

Famous Introverts

  • Albert Einstein
  • Mark Zuckerburg
  • Elenor Roosevelt
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Julia Roberts
  • Diane Sawyer
  • Barbara Walters
  • Bill Gates
  • Harrison Ford
  • Steve Martin
  • Jessica Lange
  • Grace Kelly

Extrovert Traits

Congratulations you social butterfly!

You gain your energy from being around lots of people. Being around large groups of people allows you to display your natural inborn extroverted traits.

You also tend to speak before you think as you speed through a conversation speaking and thinking at the same time (which can often cause unnecessary chaos). Slow down my little extrovert, there's no rush. It's not necessary to speak to everyone in your immediate vicinity. You have a natural ability to make small talk which makes you charming and persuasive to those who are less socially talented.

Your personality is widely accepted as "the norm" because you have it easy when it comes to engaging in group activities or socialization. Way to go! You're outgoing and tend to make friends easily. Since being the center of attention is often important to you; making friends is a necessity to your overall happiness.

So who are you?

Are You Introvert or Extrovert?

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The Traditonal Extrovert

The traditional extrovert is self-confident, enthusiastic, gregarious, friendly, and outgoing. You're in your element at public events, community events, large group gatherings, and/or parties.

It's interesting to note that a large number of studies often find that extroverts are happier than introverts in their day to day lives.

President Barack Obama

Famous Extroverts

  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Sandra Bullock
  • President Obama
  • Tom Hanks
  • Ben Affleck
  • Robin Williams
  • Johnny Depp

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      Cate Hogan 23 months ago

      Thanks for sharing this great insight into the introvert-extrovert dynamic. I recently shared my own experiences regarding the perils / pleasures of an extroverted partner. Let's just hope he forgives me! http://catehogan.com/enter-mr-extrovert/

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      thepsychologyst 4 years ago

      Awesome. I am actually a shy extrovert, but as a child, I was a shy introvert with selective mutism...

      Still trying to get rid of my shyness though!

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      wordpress-guru 4 years ago

      super nice ! i also have a fresh lens on Personality and the Myers-Briggs Personality test .

      more people should do it .. it can tell you new things about yourself !

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      Rebecca Fiskaali 4 years ago from Florida

      @choosehappy: Were both introverts over here..... I can sometimes be an extrovert but it takes the right setting with very familiar people :) Thanks for stopping by!

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      I'm the introvert; my hubby is the extrovert. Works pretty well, but I really want to be more of a mix. ;)

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      slappywalker 5 years ago

      It's always nice to see something that explains the benefits of being either an introvert or extrovert. I grew up as an introvert and always felt that people could never understand me. It's good to see in words what I have felt inside for years.

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      Linda Jo Martin 5 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      I love introversion. It is quiet and calm...

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      sunny saib 5 years ago

      Fun lens. I think I am both, it just depends on my mood and situation.

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      metsfan99 5 years ago

      Enjoyable lens.

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing a great lens!

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      Its funny in your poll that so far everyone was said introvert and we're all on Squidoo. It must be an introverted activity. Blessed!

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      Rebecca Fiskaali 5 years ago from Florida

      @adragast24: Hey adragast,

      Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Looks like your an introvert as well. Power to us introverts ;).

      ~Becky

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      mufasa003 5 years ago

      Very imformitive, I like the layout

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      Rebecca Fiskaali 5 years ago from Florida

      @adragast24: Hey adragast,

      Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed the article. Looks like your an introvert as well. Power to us introverts ;).

      ~Becky

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      adragast24 5 years ago

      Interesting article, thanks for it.

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Very good information. Thanks for sharing!

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      HolisticHealthC 5 years ago

      I can identify with both but lean slightly more towards introvert. Great lens!

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      LivingLikeCrazy 5 years ago

      Thank you for the positive article. I really like how you showcase the good about both types.

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      Rebecca Fiskaali 5 years ago from Florida

      @Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm: Hey Lili,

      I'm glad you stopped by to see me. I'm an introvert as well TOTALLY. As a matter of fact I'm gonna go see if I can vote in the duel debate up there myself - power to introverts ;).

      Again thanks for stopping by!

      ~Becky

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      Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm 5 years ago

      Great lens! I love the simple explanations of both sides, and your helpful links were very cool(especially the dating ones).

      Li Li