Ever since I became aware of different psychological personality types I started exploring the differences in people’s characters and trying to understand how they relate to each other. Learning that all people can be divided into two big groups, extroverts and introverts, before they get divided into smaller ones, helped a lot in the task. The first time I heard about extroversion and introversion back at school on the lesson on Psychology, but only recently it rang a bell on how useful it is to know who people around you and, more importantly, yourself are (I posted a link to the personality test which you can take to find out your type here).

The definition

I won’t bore you with detailed description of both types which you can always read at wikipedia, I will just give you the main characteristics of both types.

Extravert

In simple terms, extravert (extra - ‘outside’) gains energy from being around other people. He thrives in places with crowds of people. A perfect place to be for an extrovert would be a big public big gathering such as concert. They simply enjoy being around people, chatting to strangers and making new friends.

Introvert

On the other hands, introvert (intra - ‘within’) needs time alone to energize his batteries. The ideal place for an introvert to be will be his own bedroom, preferably with a lock on the door so nobody would disturb his serene environment.

Both of these are descriptions of extroverts and introverts extremes, and because there is no 100% extroverted or 100% intoriverted people (around 68% of population are half-this and half-that) you won’t meet anyone who matches them to the word.

Interesting fact

However, this is not what interested me, what actually grabbed my attention was the relationships between the psychological type of an individual and his career choice.

The statistic goes as following. Extroverts, people who love to interact with others, normally choose professions where there are plenty of such interactions. You are more likely find extroverts among teachers, lawyers or public speakers. In fact, most of the politicians are extroverts.

You will see introverts among scientists, programmers or, surprisingly, actors. The latter is being possible because of the fact that introverts have capability to understand and mimic extroverts. However, this only works one way as extroverts won’t be able to associate themselves with introverts no matter how hard they try.

How to apply this knowledge

The knowledge about temperamental differences gives you the ability to better understand people you deal with which results in deeper communication. For example, I have noticed some of my partners are extroverted. They are the ones who will tell you about their life while you setting up a project. And that’s perfectly fine; it doesn’t take much time to exchange a few bits of unrelated information if you are to build long-term relationships with that person. On the contrary, when you meet an introvert you should make your points as concise as possible. Introverts don’t like wasting their time going through paragraphs of text looking for the points you’d like to make.

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