Personality Traits

Introvert VS Extrovert Key Identification Traits, Types and Definitions

Do people often describe you as talkative? or maybe they describe you as the opposite of talkative i.e., quiet. Are you a shy person who enjoys having your personal space and would rather stay at home than go to social gatherings and wild parties?

You surely have come across some quizzes online or people who describe you as either introvert or extrovert. 

But what exactly are an introvert and extrovert? More like who exactly is an introvert and extrovert. 

Mainly people associate these words with “shy” or “outgoing”. If you love being the center of attention and partying wild, then you are automatically considered an extrovert. On the other hand, if you dislike stepping outside your home and avoid interaction with people then you are an introvert.

However, introvert VS extrovert is a little more complicating than this and requires some understanding. 

If you are curious to find out which category you fall under then keep on reading!

Definition of Introvert:

When you google the word “introvert” or look it up in a dictionary, you will see that both the sources have defined introvert as: “a shy person.”

An introvert is defined as a shy, reserved, and quiet individual.

Definition of Extrovert:

On the other hand, if you search up the definition of the word extrovert, you will realize how total opposites the meaning of the two words are.

An extrovert is defined as an outgoing, social, and confident individual.

So, what is the difference between Introverts & Extroverts?

Describing yourself as an introvert or an extrovert is usually measured by the way an individual relates their energy to the outside world and their surroundings. Hence, extroverts are known to draw their energy from the outside world like the people, places, and the things around you. Introverts, on the other hand, their energy tends to come from within themselves and not the things, people, and places around them.

Introverts enjoy spending time alone and are often lost in their thoughts. They like having one or two friends company but a social gathering is their last resort. While extroverts love going out and spending time with many people. In a way, they get socially recharged at parties. Introverts recharge in their rooms in solitude. They spend more time on themselves and are very aware of their internal thoughts.

In short, what recharges an extrovert is what drains the energy of an introvert.

Although the spectrum of extroversion and introversion is broader than what appears, below are a few typical identification characteristics of introverts and extroverts.

Identification of the introverts:

The following are a few traits introverts have in common:

  • You enjoy spending time alone
  • You prefer spending quality time with a friend or two then going to a social gathering 
  • You need alone time to rest and recharge, especially after spending a say out 
  • You can get lost in your thoughts easily
  • You try your best to avoid a conflict and take sides
  • You are a natural listener

Identification of the Extroverts:

The following are a few traits extroverts have in common:

  • You would rather spend time partying or with people than alone
  • You love meeting new people and make friends easily
  • You need quality time with others to help you recharge 
  • You do not like being alone
  • You are a natural speaker 
  • You like being the center of attention

Types of an introvert

There is a large spectrum within introverts as well. Researchers have narrowed down introverts into four main types:

#1 Social Introvert

A social introvert will prefer staying at home or with close individuals and family rather than with huge crowds. Your comfort zone is being alone in quiet, and you do not like stepping out of your preference. It is a preference, not anxiety or any triggers. 

#2 Thinking Introvert

A thinking introvert is also known as a daydreamer. They are often lost in the world that they have created inside their head. Such introverts spend their time thinking and analyzing. Your creative imagination is your biggest power. 

#3 Anxious Introverts

An Anxious introvert will avoid any human interaction because they feel socially awkward and shy around people. Their social skills are not very well polished, and they lack confidence. Such introverts are often nervous and create fears inside their head that hold them back from stepping outside in the world. Hence, they prefer staying in their room out of likeness and nervousness. 

#4 Restrained Introverts 

Restrained introverts think through their actions and decisions before they come to a single conclusion. They are often busy calculating their thoughts and observing before they take an action. Spontaneous plans and activities are their biggest fear. They prefer making calculated plans and decisions to appear more in control.

Types of an Extroverts

Similarly, how researchers and psychologists have concluded that there are four types of introverts, they believe that there are four types of extroverts as well. 

#1 Extroverted Sensors

Extroverted sensors use their five senses i.e., see, hear, touch taste, and smell to gain energy from their surroundings. They use their personal experiences to walk through life rather than thinking or theorizing their way through life. They prefer having fun, taking risks, meeting new people, and love being a part of physical activities.

#2 Extroverted Intuitions 

Extroverted intuitions are less extroverted. They live their life through what-ifs, possibilities and by exploring abstract ideas about the world rather than living in the present. They like having deep intellectual talks and friendly debates with the people they socialize with. 

#3 Extroverted Feelers

Extroverted feelers live their life through different people. They love making connections with people and learn about their lives. They are good at making small and deep talk. However, extroverted feelers do like spending time alone but for recharging purposes only. 

#4 Extroverted Thinkers

Extroverted thinkers valve logic and productivity over anything else. They make very structured decisions and are very goal-oriented. They like achieving and are natural leaders. They enjoy spending their time with a company but are mainly motivated by it and see them as opportunities.

In conclusion

Often our society tends to believe that extroverts radiate more leadership qualities and are bolder than introverts. They believe extroverts get the work done, and introverts seek to find excuses for their lacking. This is wrong. Extroverts and introverts both have the ability to maintain the relationship bonds they have created. Their quality of work has nothing to do with how they reciprocate their energy to and in the world.

There is nothing wrong with being an extrovert or an introvert. It makes you who you are. Love yourself regardless of what others nag you about. Be as loud as you want at parties or sit quietly in a corner. You do you!

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Hira Rana

Hira joined SheBegan magazine in 2018; and started writing on relationship topics. She is a well known Physiatrist and have co-authored chapters in various books on relationships and nerve breakdown topics. She is now an associate editor and loves to publish content pieces on relationship matters. She also conduct interviews with celebs for shebegan mag.

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