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Are You An Introvert or Extrovert?

Posted by admin on August 21, 2011

Do you know if you are an introvert or an extrovert? The more we learn and know about our own self, the more compassion we can have for ourselves.  The more we learn and know about other people, the more compassion we can have for others.  Read more...

We are all born geared more toward being an introvert or an extrovert.  One of the easiest ways to know is if you are energized more by being alone or in your thoughts (introvert) or with other people (extrovert).  Of course, there is more to it than just that.  I also think that (yes) as we age we can learn how to become more comfortable with who are and make adjustments for ourselves. For example, I am an introvert and I love being an introvert.  Some people would think this means that I don't like being with people.  This is not true.  I love being with people but I do have limits. I prefer to be with a person in a one-on-one type of setting and I like smaller groups.  However, if there is a larger group event going on that I want to go to then I have "tricks" that I do for myself in order to recharge (ex. go to the bathroom for 10 minutes and enjoy the peace and quiet or get lost in my thoughts for awhile).

So, let us all know... Are you a proud introvert or extrovert? Through this article, what did you learn about yourself and about a person who may be the opposite of you?




Posted by Marbie on
I am introverted. However, I love ernenitg races of all sizes -- from 50 local runners to 50,000+ (Lilac Bloomsday run) -- and I enter many races in a year. I find that I enjoy the sociability of it, without having to actually talk to anybody if I don't want to. That probably doesn't seem like it makes a lot of sense... maybe it's kind of like that expression, "hiding in plain sight." I enjoy participating in a very individual sport while simultaneously enjoying the vibe and energy of a crowd of like-minded people going the same direction (which of course is very different from being in a random crowd of people, which I don't enjoy). In a race I can compare my performance to others without them knowing, I can people-watch, and I can learn by observation, while being utterly alone with my thoughts. And I train alone too, or I run with my husband. I rarely or never train in a group and I don't typically chat with people at the gym.
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