Introvert or Extrovert?

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Hello everyone!

Today's post is going to be a little different. A while ago I was scrolling through my dashboard on tumblr and saw a couple of posts about Introverts and Extroverts. At first I was a little bit confused as to what both those words meant but after I did a little research on them both I finally realised what they both meant. 

Facts about Introverts: 
  • Not all introverts are shy
  • Introverts love spending time on their own
  • After spending a certain amount of time with people, they often need to get a way and spend time by themselves
  • Apparently Introverts make up about 25% - 40% of the general population.
  • Introverts are often individualists and don't often follow the crowd.
Facts about Extroverts:
  • Most Extroverts are friendly and outgoing
  • Extroverts feel energized by being around other people
  • Extroverts tend to become easily bored when they are alone
  • Extroverts would rather talk to someone then to sit alone and think
  • Extroverts enjoy social situations.
Now whilst I was reading up about the two I feel like I'm more of an Introvert. I do spend a lot of time on my own and I would happily stay on my own, in my bedroom for the entire day. The thing that annoys me about this is the fact that people automatically assume that I'm a very lonely person, when in fact I am the complete opposite. I just generally love being on my own.

Throughout my school years, teachers would often label me as the 'shy'  pupil which always annoyed me because I wouldn't consider myself a shy person, if given the opportunity I would just rather not talk to someone. If, however, I have to talk to someone then I happily will talk to people. I'm not scared of talking to people I just rather not talk to them.

 At most parents night my teachers would say to my mum "she just needs to put her hand up more" or "she is a very shy pupil and has a small group of friends". When I was in school I hardly ever put my hand up, even if I did know the answer I just didn't put my hand up. I always just thought that it was best to let someone else give the right answer and take the credit. Also, what's wrong with having a small group of friends?

When I was around my group of 'friends' in secondary school (I don't keep in contact with any of them now) I would always be the quiet one, not because I didn't like speaking but just because I always love listening to people's conversations. I sound like I eavesdrop a lot and I probably do but I just love listening to other people talking. 

 I also find it quite hard to be around people for a certain amount of time, half the time at school I would just walk off and wander around the school for a little bit during breaks and lunchtime. The problem was was that everyone assumed I was an attention seeker and I remember this one girl telling me I was an attention seeker because I would just walk off because I wasn't getting any attention and would stay quiet when I was around them. I was highly insulted by this comment because I think I am the exact opposite of an attention seeker. In a way, I do understand why she thought I was being an attention seeker because I would just randomly walk off so I think I always gave the impression that I was in a bad mood with them because none of them would talk to me. 

Not going to lie, growing up I always thought I was weird because I loved being alone and hardly spoke to anyone but now that I know there is nothing wrong with spending time on your own and that there is other people out there who are introverts makes me feel a little bit better about myself.

 Here are a few quizzes you can do to find out if you're more of an extrovert or an introvert:

I hope you enjoyed reading my post about introverts and extroverts.  
Are you an introvert on an extrovert?

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