Introvert or Extrovert?

When I was in Primary School I remember one of my teachers writing on my report card “She has got to learn to mix with her classmates better.”

When I was a teenager my sister used to tell me that I was an introvert. No she doesn’t mean it in a bad way. She was just saying what she thought was a fact. I was shy and quiet and I suppose that makes me an introvert? My sister is on the other end of the scale. She is not only an extrovert. She is a party animal! Hahaha. (Whatever we both may be, I love my sister dearly and we get along great.)

When I was an adult I was asked this question during an interview. “Are you an introvert of extrovert?” to which I thought I cleverly replied. “I’m neither and introvert nor an extrovert but in between.”  And then I went on to illustrate why I’m neither and why that trait would make me the right person to hire. Lol! (The things you say during an interview….)

So… introvert or extrovert? Which is better? I think most people have the idea that its better to be an extrovert rather than to be an introvert living inside a shell. I beg to differ. I think there is nothing wrong to preferring your own company to the company of others.

However of course the best of all is to be a balance, neither one extreme nor the other but to be in the middle of the scale which I think most people are. So where am I in the scale? I think I would tip a little towards introversion because I don’t like large crowds of people. They make me uncomfortable. I don’t like making small talk with strangers and I’m rarely the live and soul of a party. But I’m a warm, caring and friendly person even though I may sometimes appear cold and indifferent. So don’t ever judge a book by its cover. Hehe.

What are you? Introvert or extrovert or in between? Can you share with me? I would like to know if I can tell a person’s personality from their blog. Can you tell mine?

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  1. mott says:

    I’m sure some ppl will write here and say that they’re per-verts..

    hahahah..i don’t even know for myself. sometimes in, sometimes ex.. depends on the situation, i guess..

    Errm no one has written to say that they are a per-vert. Only you… Muahahaha.

  2. dragonmummy says:

    I’m very much like you. I thought I saw myself in what you have written. 🙂 but can you tell from just reading from my blog?

    I can see myself in your blog posts too and I don’t mean just the introvert/extrovert part. Hehe.

  3. FireHorse says:

    I use to be extrovert I think, now become introvert, so who am I to say anything. I think people change depending on circumstances. I had a friend who told me she was such an introvert to the extent that her teachers thought she was dumb. Now she is the life of the party, talk non-stop and is so very popular.

    Is your friend going through mid life crisis or something. Haha. Her turnaround sees so extreme!

  4. Tracy says:

    I guess u are the in-between of the introvert and extrovert. I can never be a ‘social’ type of a person cos I’m never good at conversations. My mom used to say I’ve a ‘see hum’ (kerang) mouth. But can u tell by just reading my blog? Hmmmm …. I would like to know.

  5. Judy Leese says:

    One of my employers many, many moons ago who’s a Cina apek told me this, “When you came for the interview, I thought you were an extrovert, so I hired you. Now I find you are an introvert….” ***Duh??*** I felt like answering him, “Eh, I only applied for a secretarial job you know…must be an extrovert ah? I only introvert because you very ‘one kind lah'”. But because he was my boss, I don’t want to answer lah.

    So, really, what does it matter if one is an introvert or an extrovert as long as things get done, life is fine, one is happy. When we think we are an introvert, we really could be an extrovert at the right time at the right place and vice versa. As long as one is able to relax, enjoy the company one chooses to be with, have fun on the days one feels like having fun, be quiet to read on the days one feels like reading, be expressive when one feels like doing so and be tongue tied because life is full of surprises…..ONE is BEING ONESELF and not what others expect or want us to be!

    You’re right. Whats the point of being introvert or extrovert or whatever but being unhappy with yourself? One should learn to love themselves and be happy and thats the most important of all.

  6. Hearts says:

    interesting…so do you think I’m introvert or extrovert? ahhh…. I leave you to guess. but I think most of us carry different personalities online and offline.
    And now there’s so many ways to define a the 4 personalities (sanguine, mel etc) or by their …whatchamacalit… you know, sensory or not, blah blah blah. haha… oh well, take care!

    Hmmm.. I think you’re a whatchamacalit, mel, sensory extrovert. Rite anot? Hahaha.

  7. Jefferene says:

    I think I am more on the introvert personality expecially during teenager time. But after many years of working life, I have gain some extrovert personality. 🙂

    I can talk a lot with close friends but not with strangers and new friends.

    I can’t tell your personality from your blog.

  8. miche says:

    i am alive when i have people around me…that’s one of the extrovert trait…

    but after a good laugh and huu haa…i prefer to lie down with my feet tugged under my comforter and read…to recharge…that’s the introvert trait…

    so i’m both but personally, i think i am more of an introvert than extrovert. 🙂

     I think everyone needs to recharge whether they’re introvert or extrovert right anot?

  9. marsha says:

    I am like firehorse….used to be SO SO SO SO SO extrovert wan. Things happen and experiences changed me into a bit of an introvert. So now, I am neither lor. Put me on the stage, however, I change into extrovert. Put me at home, I am an introvert

    Oh! You are like a chameleon. Hehe.

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