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  • Writer's pictureSarah M.

Be Proud If You're An Extrovert

Loud? Attention-seeking? Talkative?

I know extroverts don't always have the best reputation. Often seen as the "domineering" personality type, you may come across more abrasive than your quieter counterparts. But just as introverts feel misunderstood, extroverts can just as equally be subject to incorrect stereotypes.

Most people are not one way or the other. We are all mixed up with traits from both, which is very important to know because many people are quick to explain why they are introverted or why they are extroverted without ever trying to overlap the two. So if you find yourself on the fence of what category you fall into, embrace the wonderful mixture that you are.

And when it comes to extroverts the truth is, there is more to the outgoing personality than gabbing too much and being the center of attention (some extroverts aren't the life of the party at all). Extroverts come with a plethora of rich experiences, which should be celebrated not suffocated.

1. You are an enthusiast. Chances are you haven't met a party, concert or social event you didn't like; you are wired for enthusiasm.

2. You are friendly. Extroverts have an outgoing nature, which makes it easy to make friends. You're likely the one talking to everyone at the party or getting to know your new co-worker on her first day.

3. You are likely successful at work. You are not afraid to put in the work or talk to the right people to make your goals happen.

4. You are rarely bored. Extroverts draw energy from other people and surroundings. This makes it likely that your weeknights and weekends are stacked with plans or activities that allow you to get that instant experience high. 'Boring' is simply not in your vocabulary.

5. You share your feelings. Extroverts are known for speaking their minds. This means you reveal your feelings rather than keeping them bottled up.

6. You have a genuine curiosity about the world and other people. Curiosity may have killed the cat, but it benefits the extrovert. Nothing is off limits when you're getting to know a new place or a new friend.

7. You can navigate any tough social situation. A room full of strangers doesn't intimidate an extrovert. With your open and warm nature, you're likely great at navigating a networking event or party, making an otherwise awkward social setting as comfortable as possible.

Extroverts can be absolute social angels - you are often the ones bringing people together, making introductions, striking up conversations and filling awkward silences. So, thank you.

Research has continually suggested that certain human behaviors are neurologically hardwired and extroversion is no exception. Seeing as there's no point in fighting biology, may as well embrace it. Party on, extroverts.

How do you identify?



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