Am I an Introvert, or am I an Extravert?

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Both introverts, and extraverts are capable of showing traits of both of the two types. They are just as equally able to be in solitude, and to be in the company of people.

Just because you are shy, doesn’t mean you are introverted, and just because you are loud doesn’t mean that you are extraverted. Character has nothing to do with personality. Remember, that. It’s where your thoughts are directed. What kind of thoughts are you more concerned with? Are they more concerned with the subjective, or the objective?

Introverts are more concerned with their own world: the subjective view. Extraverts are more concerned with the outter world: the objective view.

Subjective definition:

  1. Existing in the mind; belonging to thinking subject rather than to the object of thought. 
  2. pertaining to or characteristic of an individual; personal; individual; a subjective evaluation. 
  3. placing excessive emphasis on one’s moods, attitudes, opinion’s, ect:
  4. relating to properties or specific conditions of the mind as is distinguished from general or universal experience.  

Objective definition:

  1. not influenced by personal feelings, interpretations, or prejudice; based on facts; unbaised.
  2. intent on or dealing with things external to the mind rather than the thoughts or feelings, as a person or a book.
  3. being the object of perception or thought; belonging to the object of thought rather than to the thinking subject.
  4. of or pertaining to something that can be known, or to something that is an object or apart of an object; existing independent of thought or an observer as part or reality.  

Look at it this way. Introvert is similar to the word interior, and extravert is similar to the word exterior. The introvert will be more concerned with themselves, and the extravert will be more concerned with people. Now, this is not to say that introverts will not at all consider people, and extraverts will never be concerned about themselves. They just have a preference for one over the other.

Hoping that both are reasonably secure with themselves, I’d say one big difference I have noticed between the two, is the extraverted person is more concerned with how others people view them. They are usually affected by the judgement of their personality, much more than an introvert would be. Their outward appearance may or may not be a persona, but if it’s taken a hit they are likely to take it more personally. Gratification comes from others, so they are reliant on other people’s judgements of themselves.

This is not to say an introvert is not prone to take judgement’s from others seriously, or that it won’t affect them. But because their thoughts are more concerned with themseleves, they are less likely to take it personally. Their inner world is stronger, because their gratification of who they are comes from within themselves; not others.

Now, if we are talking about ideas instead of character, and introvert is likely to be more vulnerable to their ethics being attacked, than when you compare it to an extravert. The introvert’s ethics are likely to feel like it’s a part of them, and questioning them will feel like a personal hit. Especially, if it means a lot to them. On other hand, the extravert is less prone to take things like this as personally, as I have said – they are more concerned with the objective, so it will have less of a personal meaning to them.

Basically, to figure out which one you are it’s simply that introverts will differ from the object, and prefer the subject where as the extravert will be pulled towards the object, and differ from the subject.

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