"Unlike my theory about how outgoing or shy we are, introversion and extroversion actually relate to where we get our energy from. Or in other words, how we recharge our brains.
Introverts (or those of us with introverted tendencies) tend to recharge by spending time alone. They lose energy from being around people for long periods of time, particularly large crowds.
Extroverts, on the other hand, gain energy from other people. Extroverts actually find their energy is sapped when they spend too much time alone. They recharge by being social.
Ambiverts exhibit both extroverted and introverted tendencies. This means that they generally enjoy being around people, but after a long time this will start to drain them.
Similarly, they enjoy solitude and quiet, but not for too long. Ambiverts recharge their energy levels with a mixture of social interaction and alone time.”
Beth Belle Cooper
We find it is important for each of us to know where our energy comes from. Once we are knowledgeable of our personal style and where we fit on the extroversion / introversion scale, we will know what we need to do to schedule our day in a way that will give rather than deplete our energy. This will add to your productivity and success.
Whatever your style, run with it and use it to flourish every day. Each of us is unique in many ways including how we get our energy. No style is preferable. Whatever style is yours, take care to follow your natural inclination.
If you want to learn more about this subject, you will find Susan Cain's book, Quiet very informative. Included in the book is a questionnaire which you can take to let you know where you stand on the scale.
Often we grow up thinking we are one style or the other but once you take the quiz to discover your style, you may find out your style is not what you have always believed.
Do you know what is your personal style?
Where does your energy come from?
How can you structure your day to create more energy for yourself?
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