Extraversion vs. Introversion Preference

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Extraversion (E) and Introversion (I) describe how a person directs their energy either outwardly toward people and activities or inwardly toward thoughts and ideas. Extraversion and Introversion are opposite preferences. A person’s natural tendency toward one will be stronger than the other.

There are by far more Extraverts (about two-thirds) than Introverts (just over one-third) in the population. Males on average are slightly more introverted than females.

Extravert / Introvert Population Pie Chart

Extraversion (E)

Extraversion is characterized by a preference to focus on the world outside the self. Extraverts are energized by social gatherings, parties and group activities. Extraverts are usually enthusiastic, gregarious and animated. Their communication style is verbal and assertive. Talking helps Extraverts think. They enjoy limelight.

Extravert Characteristics

  • Gregarious
  • Assertive
  • Talkative
  • Social/outgoing
  • Likes groups, parties, etc.
  • Energized by interaction
  • Expressive & enthusiastic
  • Volunteers personal information
  • Distractable
  • Has many friends
  • Easy to approach

Extraverted Personality Types

Introversion (I)

Introversion is characterized by a preference to focus on theinside world. Introverts are energized by spending time alone or with a small group. They find large group gatherings draining because they seek depth instead of breadth of relationships. Introverts process information internally. They are great listeners and think before talking.

Introvert Characteristics

  • Energized by time alone
  • Private
  • Keeps to self
  • Quiet
  • Deliberate
  • Internally aware
  • Fewer friends
  • Prefer smaller groups
  • Independent
  • Not socially inclined
  • Enjoys solitude

Introverted Personality Types