Intoverts vs Extraverts

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It is extremely important to note that thereโ€™s no โ€˜๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณโ€™ side to be on. Both ends of the spectrum have their advantages and disadvantages, but by understanding where we fall on the scale we can address areas in which weโ€™re perhaps lacking.โฃโฃ

โฃโฃWhile many of you many be familiar with these terms as they relate to your relationship with other people, but thatโ€™s only part of the story. โฃโฃ

โฃโฃ๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ž ๐๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ: for Introverts, the inner world is the โ€œ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅโ€, and for extraverts, the external world is the โ€œ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ญ๐˜ฅโ€.โฃโฃ

โฃโฃWhat does that mean? It means that this is the place where you are most at home.

  • Introverts are put in the position of constantly filtering information and calibrating it to what they know to be true internally. This can be quite taxing after a while, and time to themselves becomes a necessary reprieve. โฃโฃ
  • On the other hand, Extraverts feel the most โ€˜๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆโ€™ when they are interacting with their environment. As a general rule, variety is stimulating and the more people they come in contact with, the more interesting it all is. Too much time to themselves leaves them bored and restless, and they need to interact with their environment to โ€˜๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ฆโ€™. This doesnโ€™t always require people โ€” simply going for a walk, getting out-and-about or studying interesting things can be enough.โฃโฃ

The exception to these points is when you have a good friend, child, or significant other. Everyone ends up making space in their inner world for this person, so they no longer represent part of the environment like other people may. For introverts, that other person no longer is at odds with their internal world, as they have their own place there and donโ€™t drain the introverts energy. For extraverts, spending too much time with that person can feel like being alone and propel their desire to get out into the world (intending no insult to that person). Just two sides of the coin. โฃโฃ

๐—ช๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ž๐ง ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฌ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐๐ข๐œ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐๐ข๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ. โฃโฃ

  • Introverts are typically thought of as reflective, private, and thoughtful individuals. โฃโฃ
  • Extraverts are assertive, gregarious, adaptive, happy humans with a tendency to take risks. โฃโฃ

We are complex beings though, and multi-faceted. โฃโฃ

โฃโฃPersonality constructs can also be shifted to portray one or the other despite intrinsic preferences during times of extreme prolonged stress, or due to environmental constraints. โฃโฃ

โฃโฃMaking it more complicated, individuals can fall on the extremes of either spectrum โ€” ๐˜ข๐˜ด ๐˜ˆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜น ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ โ€” but most people generally have strong preferences for one or the other, but fall in between and exhibit traits of both. โฃโฃ

โฃโฃThe research is preliminary, but we do have some neuroimaging studies that allow us to dig a little deeper into these differences in the brain. They show clear differentiations in cerebral blood flow in between the types. Extraverts display more subcortical neostriatal and dopaminergic, rather than cortical dominant as seen in introverts. Introverts showed more activity in the brain regions associated with learning, motor, and vigilance control. Extraverts show more activity in the brain regions associated with emotions, behavioral regulation, and sensory input. โฃโฃ

โฃโฃ๐ˆ๐ง ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ, ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ข๐œ๐ก๐จ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ญ๐ซ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ฆ๐ž๐š๐ง๐ฌ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฒ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐๐ข๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ญ ๐œ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐จ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ. โฃโฃ

โฃโฃAn extravert might think nothing of picking up the phone to have a spontaneous chat with someone. โฃโฃ

โฃโฃHowever, if the person on the other end of the line is an introvert, it may well be considered completely nonsensical (I know my friends can relate here, sorry yโ€™all, I swear I still love you).โฃโฃ

โฃโฃA conversation-loving extravert can overwhelm an introvert with too much information. The overstimulated introvert can come across as disinterested when, in fact, they simply feel overwhelmed.โฃโฃ

โฃโฃLet us know where you fall on the spectrum!

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