A group of students were tasked with acting as extroverts for a week – and they had "substantially improved wellbeing".
Social media reality TV create a culture in which extroversion is aspirational - but introverts aren’t just shy, retiring wallflowers who need to 'come out of their shell'
If you browse the internet, you’ll find a lot said about introverts. They have their own doodles, they have entire sites
The extrovert, you see, is a part I play (or at least this is how it feels), and I can play her very well most of time, and I do have a good time for a short time, but at the end of the day, something's got to give, and the shy, retiring girl emerges in her place.
When I'm at parties, in social situations in which I'm comfortable, I shine. But it's just taking a while for me to accept that I'm not always going to be confident and that's okay. I'm an introverted extrovert and that's just something I need to get used to.
8. Being the group admin for 1000 Whatsapp threads. 10. Knowing you’re going to burn out but being unable to stop yourself
7. Having to be the social organiser in every group of friends because no one else cares that much. 13. Facing rejection
I've lost count of the number of times I've talked myself out of things because I didn't think I was confident enough. Holding back from saying what I wanted to say because more confident people were speaking up.
Not all people with anxiety look like constant gibbering wrecks. Some of us are giggling, sweary gobs on sticks who will stand up for what we believe in then go cry in the toilets. Mental health doesn't have a constant look, but if it did it would definitely be putting on a brave face.
There is a little more to it than simply being shy or quiet.
You might have come across the Myers Briggs Personality Type Indicator before. You might have taken the official test, or one inspired by it, and were given a 4-letter 'personality type'. But the validity of this personality type indicator is... questionable. Even the Wiki reveals how shaky the foundations are.
There is a limit to time we can spend in the company of others before we get antsy and need a 'recharge'. It can be mentally draining to be in a big group of people after a while, even if we love those people. Some time spent with a book usually perks us up.
I'm sociable, I really am. Everyone I meet pegs me as an extrovert, the proverbial life and soul (burning bright but fast). I feed off interesting people like some kind of creature of the night, but afterwards I definitely need to recharge, assuming I haven't run out of battery mid-way through a party and am left standing paralysed in the full beam of small talk (or hiding in the loo, as above).
I genuinely get my energy from people, friends or strangers. I don't function without it. Whereas an introvert might lose energy mingling with people for too long a time, I and other extroverts - feed off it.
Introverts idolising the traits of extroverts, and extroverts worrying about interacting with introverts is restricting the way we live our lives. What goes on in the mind of the average adult is much too complex to assume that everyone you encounter either falls into one category or the other.
Introverts tend to be an enigma that the rest of the population can't seem to solve. Everyone understands an extrovert; they tend to be the life and soul of the party, always with a story to tell and a smile on their face. But I don't want to talk about them.
There are two kinds of people in the world: The Quiet Ones and The Talkative Ones. You know, those who blend into the background