How we change what others think, feel, believe and do
Extraversion vs. Introversion
Extraversion and Introversion are one of the preferences used in the Jungian Type Inventory. The naming is unfortunately a bit archaic as extraversion is not about being loud and introversion is not about being shy. It is about where people get their energy and motivation from: other people or within themselves.
The energy of extraverts is outward, towards people and things. They need a lot of stimulation and often express emotions. They get their motivation and 'recharge their batteries' from being with other people. Their batteries are drained when they are alone.
Their often want to change the world (rather than think about it). Extraverts like variety, action and achievement. They do well at school but may find University more difficult.
Their attitude is often relaxed and confident. They are understandable and accessible. They tend to act first and think later.
At work, they seeks variety and action and like working with other people. They prefer work that has breadth rather than depth.
Introverts may see them as being shallow and pushy.
The energy of introverts is inward toward concepts and ideas. They get their motivation and recharge their batteries by having time by themselves ('me time'). Their batteries are drained when they are with other people, even if they are enjoying the company.
They need little external stimulation - and in fact they can easily be over-stimulated. it is possible that they focus more on their inner worlds because they suffer from sensory overload if they spend too much time outside and focusing on other people. They thus bottle up their own emotions, which can explode if pushed too far.
Rather than trying to change the world, they just want to understand it. They think deeply about things and often do better at University than they did at school.
Their attitude is reserved and questioning and they can seem subtle and
impenetrable. They tend to think before they act.
Extraverts may see them as egocentric and passive.
There is a view that introverts may act as they do because they are more easily overwhelmed by external stimuli, as opposed to extraverts who have a higher basic stimulation threshold and need the more visceral external stimulation to avoid boredom.
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