Are you an introvert or an extrovert? What makes you happiest – social occasions or time on your own? We all have days when we’re more sociable than others but by embracing the real you, you can have a more fulfilled and happy life.
Extroverts love parties
Extroverts are people who love attention and being in the limelight. They thrive on going out to parties, enjoy office gossip, and love to be in the thick of it all. Extroverts don’t like having time to themselves and get bored easily. They love to be stimulated by external things and often think on the go rather than when they are alone. They are energized by other people and want to be busy and interacting as much as possible.
Introverts like to be alone
Introverts, on the other hand, like to spend time on their own. They are happier talking to friends on a one-to-one basis rather than at large social gatherings and feel drained if they have to communicate with too many people. They shy away from public speaking and dislike being the center of attention. Introverts like time out to think and mull over their thoughts and feelings . They feel energized after time away from other people and like to shut out the outside world so they can recharge their batteries.
Finding your balance
Everyone leans to one side of the introvert/extrovert scale, but each day is different, and some days you will feel more one way than the other. Being an extrovert is something that many people feel pushed to do. Have you ever turned down an invitation to a party because you’d rather put your feet up and read a book, only to have your friends moan at you for being unsocial?
This is common to introverts who are goaded to come out of their shells, and find that other people don’t understand why they want to be alone. If you are an extrovert, then you need to get out with people by socializing, working in a hectic environment, and joining clubs and organizations to meet other people. But if you just wish that everyone would go away and leave you alone, then look for quieter jobs, make sure that you can escape from everything with some precious me-time at least once a day, and enjoy more peaceful pastimes where you can be alone with your thoughts.
Whether you are an extrovert or introvert, you can make changes in your life to embrace the inner you. Go with who you truly are to be happy. Listen to your heart and mind to find what energizes you – a hectic social life or peace and quiet.
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