Extraversion

Although we all share some extraversion and some introversion, if you are an Extravert your primary orientation will be to the external world of things, and people and situations and these will be from where you draw your energy. When it gets quiet or repetitive then you will tend to need to go off in search of another feed. It is not about being a party animal versus a loner; there are animated and talkative introverts as well as more contained and reserved extraverts. However we can often detect the extravert, in the thick of things, having lots of opinions and comfortable with jumping in with no purpose or introductions. It is when the action is over that Extraverts’ energies will begin to deplete and you will need to go and find some more action. I have seen Extraverted training professionals and motivational speakers ‘feeding’ off the audience, the more the energy on the room the more the speaker is energised and then we see them afterwards, sitting down, shadows of their former selves, mere husks desperate to speak with someone, or engage with a group to inject some energy. One Extravert we knew would often have to make calls all the way home from events to prevent himself literally falling asleep.

Jung described Extraversion this way:

Extraversion is characterized by interest in the external object, responsiveness, and a ready acceptance of external happenings, a desire to influence and be influenced by events, a need to join in…the capacity to endure bustle and noise of every kind, and actually find them enjoyable, constant attention to the surrounding world, the cultivation of friends and acquaintances… The psychic life of this type of person is enacted, as it were, outside himself, in the environment.

CJ Jung, Psychological Types, CW 6, pars. 1-7

We often see more animated Introverts, and there are many in the performing arts, actors, musicians, etc who are Introverts. However they tend to have a purpose for their projection, and so this makes it easier to project and ‘extravert.’ I have seen many Introverted musicians who are so animated on stage but then find it difficult when fans bombard them with questions. So if you are an Extravert it means you probably find it easier to just hang out, to engage with no purpose, to meet with new people and chat openly and find such situations energising. It does not mean you don’t need “you” time (we all do) but that too long on your own and you will want to orientate yourself back to the external world of things happening, people and action and this probably be when you are at both your most comfortable and your most effective.

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