If you’re an introvert, extrovert or ambivert, just express yourself.
This post kind is kind of a random one, so bear with me as I have no knowledge in the realms of psychology, I was just a bit intrigued in this fascinating topic, so here it goes…
We tend to label our own and other people’s personalities as out-going, shy, confident… but the truth is we’re too complex beings to be summed up in a short and sweet word. Its like when you’re writing your CV or personal statement, you’ve got to sell yourself whilst trying not to sound narcissistic.
Our way of expressing ourselves varies from person to person, and we can’t exactly pin-point the traits that make us, us. But one thing is certain, and that is you are either an introvert or an extrovert, or even an ambivert. And of course, there are different extremes of being any 3 of these -verts.
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To understand what all this vert-ing I’m chatting about, I’ve listed some daily situations and how the different -verts react (again, I’m not a psychologist, I’ve just researched some info).
- Say there’s an overcrowded room full of people and the atmosphere is somewhat noisy and wild, the extrovert would be in their natural habitat with their larger-than-life vibe, and the introvert on the other hand would feel overwhelmed and seek a more calm and quite environment. The ambivert is somewhere in the middle.
- You’re queuing for ice cream and there’s more than enough flavours to choose from, the extrovert spies an unusually named gelato and is daring enough to ask for 2 scoops of it whilst chatting to the other strangers queuing, the introvert is preoccupied by something else occurring outside and can’t quite decide whether to get a cone or tub because they may get too full to finish their ice cream, of which they are indecisive which flavour to order.
Hopefully you now kind of understand the difference from my strange interpretations, but if not below are common traits in both -verts.
Extrovert: at their best when socialising, able to seize the day, assertive, easily bored and restless in quiet environments, able to receive conflict well, enjoys activities where they can interact by speaking with others.
Introvert: quality over quantity, prefer interacting in a quiet environment with a small select group of people, at their best when focusing on something they are interested in, feel overwhelmed in loud and crowded places.
Ambivert: you’re a bit of both.
I find style is a great way of expressing myself, because it’s creative and surprisingly says a lot about you. You may create music or art, or have a passion for films and books. These are all a way of expressing yourself. Remember, neither one is better or worse, because introversion and extroversion lie at the heart of human nature.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Jemima Plume Xx