Are you an introvert?

If you’re like me, you might have wondered about whether you are an introvert or an extrovert. What makes it terribly confusing is you can actually be one in some situations and another in other circumstances, although research suggests that we tend to be more (i.e. 51%) of one than the other. (But yes, you can technically be both, or what’s unseemly referred to as an ambivert, also considered to be relatively midway between being a full-fledged introvert and a full-fledged extrovert).

Introverts have a great number of strengths and also their (i.e. our) fair share of challenges at work, in relationships, and in coping with loss and tragedy. Introverts often give a great deal of thought about something before sharing with others, while extroverts tend to think with their speech; introverts may fall behind or be perceived as being less invested in a conversation or task because of their style of processing information.

Similarly, when an introvert and an extrovert are married, the introvert can often feel left out of the conversation and in decision making. They hate interrupting their spouse, and they very much dislike being interrupted. Respect for an introvert is often given in the form of listening, whereas for extroverts, the energy and frequency of speech may feel more like a better definition of a good relationship.

Lastly, introverts often gain great insight during moments of loss and tragedy. But that meaning often comes from within, a process of asking themselves what they are feeling and thinking. Although drawing inward may eventually bring great peace, it too often comes at the price of distancing themselves—even if unintentionally—from those who care about them.    #introverts

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