Introvert Or Extrovert?

Are you an introvert or an extrovert? These are two words that we all have an idea as to their meaning. We also give preference to one over the other as being more useful or desirable. We are often conditioned this way.But there may be more to these two words than we think.

The word introvert is defined as a shy, reticent person. But it comes from the Latin that means literally to turn to the inside, to turn one’s thoughts inward. So then we get the main thought that an introvert is a person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things. Some may say, contemplative.

The word extrovert then means an outgoing, overtly expressive person. From the Latin to turn extra(or extro).  So then an extrovert is someone predominantly concerned with external things or objective considerations.

I am not going to belabor this idea here. You can do your own study. My thoughts though are that we are not either/or one or the other nor should we be. To be whole people we need some of both qualities. And introvert thinks first and then acts, unless he gets paralysis by analysis and never moves. And extrovert shoots first and then asks questions later. An extrovert may set the agenda but an introvert knows how to make it happen and how to make it work. Some believe that introverts make better leaders because they waste less time and effort by working smart as well as hard.

Again I will leave you with the idea that we may tend to be more intro than extro but whole people will see aspects of both manifested in their personality.

 

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