We will take a basic definition from a practical example.
Say you're organizing a getaway trip. Erica, the extrovert, suggests a wild Vegas weekend extravaganza; while Irene, the introvert, wants to stay in a cabin in the mountains.
Isn't it frustrating? There's no way or one single solution that any person can accommodate to everyone's moods and needs. Your friends are clearly of different personalities, But truthfully, it boils down to the age-old "extrovert vs. introvert" showdown.
So what's the difference between an extrovert and an introvert?
Most of us fall in the continuum of the universal spectrum including both Introversion and extroversion, which means no one can be exactly stereotype one way or the other. There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum.
▲ An extroversion-introversion continuum.
To differentiate an extrovert and an introvert, the biggest difference is how they recharge themselves mentally.
Extroverts (or those with extroverted tendencies) gain energy by placing themselves in social situations. They prefer to be under the spotlight among friends or colleagues, or the centre of attention. However, spending too much alone time drains them mentally.
Introverts are happy and recharge mentally by spending more and more time alone, might be with books, TV etc. They need a desperate break to regain their energy back after a long period of time in crowded social situations,
1. Extroverts: They are the ones who talk the most. Extroverts get energized by People and suitable social situations by which they get excited and hence energized. They usually initiate and engage in conversations. They can talk about anything with anyone. They are not worried because they are in the limelight or are observed by the public all around. Meeting new people doesn't faze them.
2. Introverts: They are the ones who prefer thinking over speaking. Alone time is the way to recharge for them. They use their eyes and ears more than their mouths. They don't like small talks. They prefer standing away from the spotlight. It is quite uncomfortable to meet new friends.
The extent to which our minds and bodies are alert and responsive to stimulation, extroverts and introverts have different levels of arousal. Sure, you might have already done personality tests a number of times, and probably know a thing or two, but for some of us, we still don't know how to embrace our true selves. To greatly improve your social and romantic lives, this is a chance to get to know other personality types and learn to interact with others. We are all unique in our own ways, learn to embrace ourselves. It's more important to accept everyone for who they are, there isn't any preferred personality, Extroverts or Introverts. Try to minimize socializing in only small doses and retreat to their preferred withdrawal centres when needed. The public misunderstands them to be a shy person lacking in interpersonal communication skills. Don't pressure yourself to be more extroverted. As you think deeply, express your thoughts eloquently, you are developing authentic and meaningful relationships. Introverts are perceived as anti-social.
Introverts need their space to manoeuvre, so find the right timing to be the comforter, or else your empathy will backfire. Anybody would like to cheer people on, but this has to be kept in mind. Introverts need their space, so find the right timing to be the comforter, or else your empathy will backfire, also, you like cheer people on, but keep this in mind.
Extroverts, there is nothing to speak against their nature. You have the freedom to share your thoughts and opinions about them. Others probably think you hog the limelight by being present everywhere all the time because you are insecure about yourself. Extroverts habitually express their emotions to you, hence don't criticize extroverts for being obnoxious or annoying. They might be constantly reaching out to you, you should protect your alone time to not over-strain yourself mentally. Extroverts are often told to stop being an obnoxious while.