I was so relieved the first time someone accurately explained the difference between an extrovert and an introvert. (Check out Dr. Carmella’s Guide to Understanding the Introvert.) I’m an introvert, meaning I give (rather than receive) my energy in social situations, which can be quite draining. As the Guide discusses, this doesn’t mean I don’t like company! Au contraire, mes amis. In fact, many people are shocked when I refer to myself as an introvert because I go to events and often put myself in uncomfortable social situations where I know no one. I go to Meetups, I sign up for classes by myself, and when I was only 20 years old, I signed up to study abroad in Paris, France, for 3 months with my college, and knew NO ONE I was going to be living and studying with!
I’m proud of myself for always wanting to push my own limits. But at the end of the day, don’t be offended if I choose going home to finish my book over going to that bar with you. It’s not you, I just have my own ways of refiling my energy tank.
Your turn: Are you an extrovert or introvert?