BTT asked: Do you consider yourself an extrovert or an introvert?
My answer: I think the answer depends on your definition of extrovert and introvert. I used to think that extrovert=talkative and introvert=shy. Then I learned (or probably read somewhere) that it’s more about how you obtain energy. For example, extroverts feel energized when they are around other people. Introverts need alone time to recharge their batteries.
So, based on that, I’d say I’m in between. I love people and spending time with friends, being with a huge group of people, even being in crowds. But I also enjoy spending time alone and, when I am alone, I don’t feel bored or antsy or like I need to go out and talk to someone. I can enjoy both equally. I’ve taken personality tests as well and got results as both an introvert and an extrovert. So I’d say I’m somewhere down the middle. If I had to choose a side, then probably slightly more extrovert because I love spending time with people and can be quite chatty.
Also, if you are an introvert, it’s not a bad thing at all! I used to be very quiet and shy when I was younger and thought I was an introvert. I felt really bad about it and almost embarrassed. So I recommend reading this book, The Introvert Advantage. It shows that there are advantages to being an introvert and it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
What about you? And what do you think the definition of introvert and extrovert are?
Edit/Update: I just came across another book that’s much newer called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. The author also did a TED talk recently.