Monday, March 3, 2014

Life of a Blogger (2): Introvert or Extrovert

Hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat. Life of a Blogger is a weekly feature designed to reveal more about the blogger outside of books and blogging.

This week, we're talking about... whether you're an INTROVERT or EXTROVERT.

Before I start, I feel like I need to clarify what being introverted and extroverted mean, respectively. I hope you don't think this comes off a bit condescending but I just find that people, including myself, get really confused about the definitions. I've talked to a couple people about this and I notice that we usually have a tendency to link being an introvert with being quiet or shy and being an extrovert as being someone who's loud and outgoing. But that is not the case at all, or at least not the whole story.

While being an introvert can certainly mean that you are a shy and quiet person, introversion does not imply that one must be shy and quiet to be an introvert. Really, all that an introvert is is someone who is more comfortable by themselves than with other people around them. So an introvert can definitely be shy, but that does not exclude being a loud person, for example, as a characteristic of an introvert. On the other hand, an extrovert is someone who's more comfortable surrounded by people. They're very social and tend to talk before they think (while introverts generally spend more time thinking).

Now having cleared that up, what am I?

I'm pretty sure, with only very little doubt, that I am an extrovert. I don't think I was as a kid but I think since I was a preteen, I've been an extrovert. I MUCH prefer having people around me than being alone by myself, especially in busy places. It's terribly awkward for me to have to wade through a crowd alone versus having people around me, even if it's just one. It doesn't mean I'm social all the time because there are times when I get moody and just shut everyone out, but most of the time I tend to lean towards extroversion rather than introversion. The only time I'm good at being alone is when there's a laptop, a television, a cellphone, or a book nearby. That is the ONLY time I will ever rather being alone than with other people. And usually when I'm moody, it's not even a matter about not wanting to be with anyone as it is more a matter of finding the right person to get me out of my funk.

I love talking to people and having people around me and while I'm not always really outgoing, I do definitely love having fun and letting my hair down. And that thing about how extroverts tend to talk before they think? Describes me to a T.

What about you? Are you an extrovert or an introvert? Do you like being surrounded by people or being by yourself?

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