Monday, 25 September 2017

Introvert v Extrovert: What are the differences?

Regular readers of this blog will know what the difference is between introverts and extroverts. If you are not a regular reader here is the basic difference:

INTROVERT: recharge by themselves or with a small group

EXTROVERT: Love to socialise and grow more energised with every beer or cocktail at a party.

Here are some more differences:


  • Thoughtful
  • Learn through observation
  • Good listener
  • Reserved
  • Self aware
  • Love time alone


  • Outgoing
  • Good speaker
  • Comfortable in large groups of people
  • Lots of friends
  • Energised by large groups of people
  • Like getting into new activities

Lets have a look at some of these. 

Introverts are indeed thoughtful. I wish I got paid for all the thinking I do. I would retire pretty quickly. 

Introverts are certainly reserved. You won't see many jumping up and down and dancing in their seats at an Ellen show. (Well you might but they won't be enjoying it much.)

Introverts do indeed love time alone or with a significant other. They feel really energised with this interaction. They also like it because they can give the other person there full attention. They don't have to share their attention around which can be very difficult. 

Extroverts are outgoing, there is no doubt about that. They will be the ones that break the ice at a party and there is nothing wrong with that. 

They love being the centre of attention. One of the most extroverted people I have ever met, I remember seeing her in the middle of the dance floor at a club a few years ago. She was just loving the atmosphere and it was like she was being filled with petrol every minute she was there. 

Extroverts have a lot of friends. No little intimate dinner parties for them. "Table for four?" No way. They want to have a party with one hundred of their "closest" friends. They love it and the party will go on all night. 

They one item in the above lists that I'm not so sure about is the 'Good Speaker' point. Sure, extroverts made good speakers in an informal group at a party. They can hold fort with the best of them but when it comes to speaking formally in front of a large group of people it doesn't matter. I know that in the past I was more comfortable speaking in front of  large group of people than one on one. 

There you have it some of the differences between introverts and extroverts. Which one do you see yourself as? 

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