Are you extroverted or introverted? And what does this mean for your self-care routine?


Many of you have heard the terms extroverted and introverted." But do you know what they mean? And do you know how it informs what you need?

These terms have been explained by Jungian Psychology and made well-known with the Myers Briggs Personality Test. Extraversion versus introversion is about whether you gain your energy and motivation from other people or within yourself.

If you are extroverted, you gain energy from outside of you…your environment, people, things, activities. You tend to lean toward action versus planning and thinking. Extroverts love being around people and tend to be more vocal than introverts.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, if you are introverted, you gain your energy from within yourself…recharging during time alone, in thought, with your own ideas. Introverts can be easily overwhelmed in a crowd or noisy, chaotic environments. Introverts tend to be planners, and like to gain information and details prior to acting. This also means that they can get caught up in thought and theory and have a difficult time making decisions.

You may also be a little of both! There are very few people who are 100% introverted or extroverted. You can be in the middle of the extroversion-introversion spectrum. This has comically been referred to as an “ambivert”. This means that you will have some of both temperament traits. Maybe you enjoy being around others and acting quickly, yet it is still extremely important to find time alone and think decisions through.

So what does this mean for your self-care routine?

If you are more extroverted it is important to:

  • Make time to spend with others and socialize, to energize and relate to others

  • Exercise/Sports

  • Family/Friends

  • Events/Hobbies

  • Etc.

  • You might need to motivate yourself to slow-down at times to:

  • Think through decisions

  • Avoid being too impulsive

  • Be mindful that others may not have your energy/enthusiasm/urgency

  • In the work place it may be important for you:

  • To be able to bounce around ideas

  • Communicate with and be around others

  • At home:

  • Live with roommates or spend time outside of the house with others

If you are more introverted it is important to:

  • Prioritize time alone to:

  • Reenergize

  • Process information

  • Make decisions

  • Plan

  • Be in a quiet environment

  • Relax

  • It is important to know yourself and which environments you do well in. For example, if you know you will be overstimulated at an event for work or with friends, make sure you schedule down-time in the following day.

  • On the other hand, it is also important to push yourself out of your comfort zone and socialize with others at times, even though this is challenging for your temperament.

  • For work environment it may be important:

  • To have your own space/office

  • Have a quiet environment to work in

  • Have time to think decisions through

  • At home it will be important to:

  • Set boundaries with family or roommates & help them understand your need for time alone and peace & quiet to feel good and rejuvenated.

  • Have a sanctuary to recharge in (Uncluttered bedroom or meditation space perhaps?).

To get an idea of if you are more extraverted, introverted, or right down the middle…you can take one of these free quizzes:

https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/personality/start.php

https://www.psychologytoday.com/tests/personality/extroversion-introversion-test

http://www.quietrev.com/the-introvert-test/

http://brainfall.com/quizzes/myers-briggs-are-you-extroverted-or-introverted/#B1QTIC2Ob

To take a more in depth test you can visit: http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/

I hope this informs your self-care practice and your wellness needs!

Be well,

Nora

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About the Author

Nora Josephson is a licensed professional counselor, certified yoga instructor, and wellness advocate. She is passionate about teaching others to take care of themselves---mind, body and soul!

 

Nora received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She then achieved her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Denver. She worked as a counselor in Colorado for four years and received her Professional Counselor License before moving back to California to be near her family.

 

Self-care and wellness are lifelong practices. Nora’s education, professional experience, and personal practices provide an extensive background to wellness solutions. This blog provides numerous ways to take care of your whole wellness through self-care, hygiene, and wellness practices.

 

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