Are you an introvert or an extrovert? On a Saturday night, some people would rather stay in and watch a movie while others would rather go out and party. You may wonder if there are any advantages to being one as opposed to the other. If so, is it better to be an introvert or an extrovert?
There is a common belief that one is better than the other; however, this is not true. Both introverts and extroverts have their pros and cons. Let’s take a look:
The Pros of being an Introvert
- Introverts can thrive when they are alone. Instead of feeling lonely, they are likely to feel content and happy.
- In social situations, introverts are more likely to think things over instead of making compulsive decisions. As a result, introverts are less likely to succumb to peer pressure.
- Introverts listen to others more than they speak. This allows them to take in different perspectives and listen to how other people feel. Extroverts are likely to miss out on this because they are usually the ones talking.
- Introverts are less likely to feel boredom. Instead of feeling bored when alone, introverts find ways to entertain themselves.
The Cons of being an Introvert
- Introverts may feel uncomfortable in social situations. Others may see them as shy or awkward because they don’t speak much, even if this is not really the case.
- Introverts may be seen as lame because they would rather be alone than go out.
- Introverts are more likely to struggle finding relationships because they don’t thrive in social situations and may struggle expressing their emotions.
Now let’s take a look at our Extrovert friends.
The Pros of being an Extrovert
- Extroverts are more outgoing. As a result, they make friends quicker and easier. Also, if they are interested in dating someone, they will be more likely to express their interest.
- Extroverts also have an advantage in a society where group work is highly popular. In both school and work, group work is extremely important. In the working world, if someone doesn’t work well in a group setting, they will have an enormous disadvantage in the employment process.
- Extroverts will meet more people. Knowing the right people can open endless doors, so the more people you know, the better.
- An extrovert’s day will be easier than an introvert’s. It’s impossible to survive in this world without interacting with other people. Extroverts will find these interactions easier and more pleasant because this is ideal for them.
The Cons of being an Extrovert
- Extroverts are compulsive by nature. They are more likely to just blurt things out without thinking. This can lead to both physical and verbal altercations that are likely to be avoided by an introvert.
- Extroverts may be seen as obnoxious because they always want to be the center of attention. No one likes the person who never stops talking!
- Extroverts get easily bored. When alone, extroverts feel lonely and don’t know what to do with themselves. Extroverts strive in social situations and thus tend to seek out these interactions.
If you would like to know the science behind introverts and extroverts, check out this video!
Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, it is important to keep in mind that one is not better than the other! Accept who you are and embrace it! This will lead to a happy, healthy life.
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