Apr 4, 2008



Doesn't sound like an interesting topic? Good.. then ur probably an extrovert..

hehe.. just kidding..

So i've done some research in this subject.. and i have some findings.. and findings of any research are not meant to be kept to oneself.. but shared with others.. so here i go..

"An Extrovert is a person who is friendly and outgoing. An Introvert is a shy person. All introverts should strive to become extroverts. "

This, sadly, is what most people understand and believe to be true. It's not their fault. It's the way people are conditioned. Let me share some of my real findings...


Is indeed a person who is friendly and outgoing. However, there's more to it than just that. The focus of energy for an extrovert is in the outside world, in other words, they are externally- focussed people, energized by being around other people.


An internally-focussed person who is energized by being alone and feels drained of energy by being around other people.


A state of a person characterized by nervousness, apprehension, self-consciousness and a lot of anxiety.

Fact: a shy person may be an introvert, but all introverts are not shy. as a matter of fact, introverts are also not arrogant as often thought to be.

Extrovert vs. Introvert:

1. Extroverts tend to fade when alone and can become bored when there are no people around. An extrovert will talk to someone rather than sit alone and think. Introverts are more concerned with their inner world. They love thinking and exploring their thoughts and feelings.

2. Extroverts tend to think as they speak and think better while they are talking, while introverts tend to think before they speak.

3. Extroverts enjoy social situations and seek them out since they love being around people. Introverts often avoid social events as being around people drains their energy, even if they have good social skills. After being with people for a long time, they need time alone to recharge.

4. Extroverts have several and a wide circle of friends. Introverts need and make friends too, but are very selective about it.

5. Extroverts appear to be more socially skilled compared to introverts. However, introverts exhibit very little difficulty in speaking to known/unknown people when it comes to concepts and issues.

Point to note:

When introverts want to be alone, it is not, by itself, a sign of depression. It means that they either need to regain their energy from being around people or that they simply want the time to be with their own thoughts. Being with people, even people they like and are comfortable with, can prevent them from their desire to be quietly introspective. Being introspective, though, does not mean that an introvert never has conversations. However, those conversations are generally about ideas and concepts, not about what they consider the trivial matters of social small talk.

Introverts make up about 60% of the gifted population but only about 25-40% of the general population.

The Problem:

Unfortunately, our society today, corporate and otherwise, considers the behaviour of an extrovert as the norm against which all other behaviour is measured. While in reality, extroverted behaviour is only a manifestation of the way an extrovert interacts with the world.

It might be a little harsh to say that this may be a form of unrecognized discrimination. However, a subtle discrimination against introverts certainly does exist.


We must come to realize that introverts are not 'wrong' people, but just people. They come with their own set of talents and unique perspective, as a result of their intrinsic analysis. These talents are as needed as any others for the success of a project/organization. When forced to wear the 'mask of extroversion', they might be sub-consciously drained of their energy, thereby hindering their progress. Just like an extrovert would feel if confined and not allowed to interact with others.

Some famous introverts of our world: Steven Spielberg, Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, Michael Jordon, Isaac Newton, Princess Diana.



  1. donno which category i belong or atleast i do not see myself as an extrovert or an introvert. I probably do not like being tagged. but i believe we sh'ld be able to accept ppl as they are. afterall it takes all kinds of ppl to make the world and this is wht makes the world interesting too. An uniform world w'ld be boring ;)

  2. Extroverts or Introverts..

    I don't necessarily agree that all the freaks in this world can be classified into one of either two categories.

    There are many people that feel quite comfortable being extroverted at work and don't feel "drained" by the experience of participating in business tasks like the "hard sell", group meetings, public speaking, social functions, etc.

    But then as soon as those people come home, they choose to be quiet and reflective and like their own space of peace and quiet away to disappear into.

    Then there are those people that are exactly the opposite and feel uncomfortable around other people in general and totally zip up to become reflective and thoughtful, but then as soon as they're home - they become the loudest freak in the house.

    So are we saying there are various combinations of the above?

    Are there Exintroverts or Inextroverts?

    Are we all no vert what so ever?

    Or do we display various facets of human quality as perceptions, times, events and evolution changes the essence of what defines you as.. well.. you?

    Change is certain, evolution for most people is certain and adaptation to our surroundings and events is a natural human tendency that some people choose to enhance and other inhibit. But at the end of the day, when it comes down to the decision at that moment when the opportunity for change arises is what can't be defined, told or explained. The gift of choice.

    But nice entry sumi ^_^ Controversial, but nice and thoroughly explained.

  3. yeah.. i do agree with you that people cant be absolutely defined as introvert or extrovert. there are varying degrees of both in each person and that what makes each person unique.

    also, i agree that different situations bring out different aspects of a person due to various reasons.

    the intent of this entry was to show a very basic definitions.. as in many places introversion is considered a bad/unwanted trait.

    yes.. there is always an opportunity for a person to change.. and it must always be taken and used in the best way. i agree with you.

  4. nice pice of research, it seems you are an ambivert..