This morning on the Today Show they were discussing people who were either classified as extroverts or introverts. I decided to look into what exactly makes up each of these human traits. Wikipedia says that in any case, people fluctuate their behavior all of the time and do not act according to their type. Soooooo, what is an extrovert?
Extraversion is “the act, state, or habit of being predominantly concerned with and obtaining gratification from what is outside the self. Extroverts tend to enjoy human interactions and to be enthusiastic, talkative, assertive, and gregarious. They also tend to wear more decorative clothing, decorate their offices and keep candy on their desks to encourage interaction.
Introversion is “the state of or tendency toward being wholly or predominantly concerned with and interested in one’s own mental life”. People whose energy tends to expand through reflection and dwindle during interaction. They tend to wear practical comfortable clothes.
But what if you really can’t measure your personality in either category? There is another option! It is called Ambiversion. This means that you fall more or less in the middle. An ambivert is moderately comfortable in groups and social interaction, but also relishes time alone, away from a crowd.
Click below to take The Quiet Quiz: Are you an Introvert or Extrovert?