This is something that I’ve been questioning recently because growing up, I considered myself to be a fairly shy kid. I didn’t really have a lot of confidence outside of my family circle. I found it difficult at times to maintain conversation and I have always been a little awkward when meeting people for the first time. Being an introvert or an extrovert has always been an interesting concept for me because you’re either one or the other…apparently. However you can be ambivert, which is in between. So which one am I?
Introverts Enjoy Time To Themselves
This is probably one of the most telling signs that I’m an introvert because I just love being alone. I’m the type of person that could have a coffee or a meal to myself and not be the slightest bit bothered. I often find it comforting being in my own space and it’s normally also when I’m at my most creative.
Don’t get me wrong, I love hanging out with friends and my fiance obvs, but sometimes it’s nice to just have some alone time. I find it odd that some people can’t stand being isolated so I suppose that’s an extrovert trait.
Introverts Like To Learn By Watching
I’ve always been the type of person who’s learnt quicker by watching rather than having to use my own initiative right off the bat. And yes I suppose that does put me at a disadvantage in some cases but I’d rather get it right and I think this need to learn by watching has definitely grown as I’ve gotten older. I find it a little more difficult to retain information and most recently with doing a musical with an amateur dramatics company, it’s been hard to learn dances.
Everyone works differently and that’s OK. If it takes you time to learn something, never be worried that you are worth any less.
Extroverts Are Open And Willing To Share Feelings
Doing Drama and going to university definitely made me more confident in my social skills. I was thrust into a new environment with university and therefore had to meet new people constantly. It forced me to be more confident and this is where I think my introvert side took a step back.
I’m now very much open with my feelings and will often share how I’m feeling to friends and family. I’ll also openly talk about it on occasions where I’m perhaps with someone in the same mindset, but that’s someone I’ve only known for a short period of time. However, I’m not one who can just walk up to a stranger and introduce myself. That freaks me out.
Balance Is Key For Ambiverts
Ambiverts benefit from a balance of both introvert and extrovert tendencies and I think this is where I fall into. I would probably say that I am a little more introvert than extrovert but other than that, I’m pretty much in between.
Have you ever considered if you’re an introvert, extrovert or ambivert? Let me know in the comments below.