What Energizes You?
Extraverts and Introverts are not defined by ability to talk or be quiet
Hi, my name is Susan and I'm an extravert. While some may describe extraversion as an addiction to talking or an inability to shut up this just isn't the case any more than introversion is an inability to speak up. There are quiet extraverts and outspoken introverts. And we all need quiet and solitude in our day to be effective.
If you're an extravert you prefer to scan and interact with the world outside yourself; if you're an introvert you prefer to scan and interact with the world inside your head.
💓 Extraverts' interests whose attention turns to the outer world have broad, expansive interests.
💓 Introverts' interests whose attention turns inward have narrower, deeper interests.
Are You an Innie or an Outie?
Which world holds your attention more--the inner world or the outer world around you? While we all must live in both worlds to balance our lives, we spend more time in the world we prefer.
💓 Outies Extraverts are energized and stimulated by interacting with the people and things in the world around them and tend to spend more time here.
💓 Innies Introverts are energized and stimulated by interacting with ideas and thoughts inside their head and tend to spend more time there.
Innies are interested in understanding the world and less interested in changing it. Once you gain your AHA moment you may feel your job is done.
To do your best work and re-energize yourself:
- Give yourself time to think before meetings when you're expected to speak up.
- Ask ahead of time what questions others need you to answer.
- Write your thoughts and ideas down.
- Give yourself quiet time to regroup throughout your day. It's hard work for an innie to be in the outer world all day.
If you are an outie, or extravert, you are more comfortable in the outer world, check in with others more, and appear to be more of an open book to others. Outies are interested in understanding the world so they can change it. Faced with your AHA moment you may feel your job has just started.
To do your best work and re-energize yourself:
- Find people who like to engage in lively brainstorming sessions that allow you to just jump in and discover what you think.
- Do something to interact with information to learn—don't read instructions--have someone show you how to do something or just start playing; poll others to discover what they think; draw a picture to visualize an idea.
- Engage in active undertakings to relax—garden, paint, walk, tinker with the computer, or go hiking.
Hi, my name is Susan and I am an extraverted writer
As you've seen here, extraverts aren't people who talk all the time. We are defined by being energized or stimulated by the outer world.
Extraverts are great at getting things going. We don't wait until we know what we're thinking or where we're going—we just jump into the conversation and start to explore.
As an extraverted writer, I like to toss out my latest interests to others to see what they know or what might come back that furthers my research. And true to my extraverted nature I check in with everyone before I begin to write—and oft times meander into a run-on-sentence experience as written below.
I offer this 'slice of life as viewed through the eyes of an extravert' so you can more readily experience the extravert not as an always talking 'vert' but as an always interacting with the world around us 'vert'—and to show the symbiotic relationship between introverts and extraverts who value each other's gifts.
A Slice of Life viewed through the Eyes of an Extravert
"The other day I opened an email from my introverted sister-in-law who shared a book, 'Wheat Belly', she thought I should look into for my research on ancient grains vs. modern grains. On her recommendation I jumped on to Amazon to view the book where I got waylaid by a mission statement made by the book's publisher Rodale Press, compelling me to contemplate the usefulness of mission statements and start a blog post on the topic. When I returned to review Wheat Belly on Amazon I realized this fabulous reference was sent to me by an introvert in my tribe which led me to start this blog post on the quiet extravert. Flitting back to missions, I decided to check what I wrote on Linkedin for my own mission statement when I saw an article recommended from a colleague that caught my attention--The Inspiration Paradox: Your Best Creative Time Is Not When You Think in Scientific American that I had to read and comment on before I finally returned to Amazon to download Wheat Belly to my Kindle. By now I was so excited by all the great stuff swirling around in my head I had to put it down and take the dog for a walk…..leading me to contemplate that all of this was accomplished over a four hour period of solitude without talking—and all because an introvert started me on my journey."Sign Up for Free E-mail updates
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