By Lisa Caplan
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of someone as an introvert? Typically we wrongly think of an introvert as someone who doesn’t like people. Actually, that is not always true. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert has a lot more to do with how you process things, rather than how outgoing you are.
Traits of an Introvert
Traits of an Extrovert
Carl Jung, the psychiatrist who developed the concepts of introvert and extrovert believed that everyone has one true type, but that it might take time for each person to determine what their type is. Typically, you will not swing from one extreme to another but might find, depending on your stage of life or when you take a personality test, that you fall in different places on the scale.
Knowing if you are an introvert or an extrovert can help you make healthier life choices and be happier overall. Making life choices that fit your personality helps you tap into your energy, and not feel like you are always forcing yourself to do things that you are uncomfortable doing. We will always have to do things out of our comfort zone, but forcing yourself, for example, to have a crazy social schedule if you are an introvert will not allow you to recharge the way you need to. You will always be fighting against your natural tendencies.
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