The Care and Feeding of an Introvert

So you’re an extrovert and you’re somehow involved with an introvert. Here are a few things that might come in handy.

Extroverts are energized by people. All kinds of people, the more people the better.

Introverts are drained by people. They can do it, but it comes at a personal cost to them. After interactions we need to recharge. Don’t get me wrong. I love people and I love going out but I need to time to recover from it.

It’s pretty simple and it comes up all the time, meetings, seminars, conferences, parties, dates. Does this mean introverts should stick with introverts? Nope. It just means we need to understand how it works for each other and support each other when the situation warrants it.

It’s not a choice. It’s the way our brains are wired, the way we process stimuli. We’re different and that’s ok.

On the flip side knowing what makes an extrovert tick can be of help to the introvert.

Sometimes the two personality types can work against each other. My only advice is to remember how hard it is for each of you in the current situation. Try to be understanding and supportive. It’s not always about you.


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