Extroverts get all the attention – why should introverts miss out on the action?
Chances are you’ve done a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator at work and been labelled an ‘introvert’. This doesn’t mean you’re socially inept or shy, it just means you prefer to get your energy from yourself. Extroverts by comparison, get their energy from being immersed in company.
Is it really possible to go from introvert to extrovert? Society loves a label, and we readily assign people to a category and consider this a settled part of their identity. But in fact we are much freer to choose our place on the introversion/extroversion spectrum than you might believe.
All about introversion and extroversion
The terms ‘introversion’ and ‘extroversion’ refer to people’s main source of energy and interest in life. Introverts typically get the most satisfaction and enjoyment from their own inner life – what’s going on in their own heads or emotions. Extroverts typically get their satisfaction from relating to what is outsidethemselves – especially other people. Introverts imagine that going from introvert to extrovert is beyond them.
Why extroverts get more attention
Of course, as nobody can see what goes on inside an introvert, but everybody can see what an extrovert is doing, extroverts tend to get more attention from others – including from introverts. This has numerous social and professional implications, as you are no doubt aware. Sometimes introverts have to bust through their comfort zone and learn how to get energy when they’re in a team or with groups.
Can you do anything about your ‘personality’?
Popular psychology loves the easy classification, and the simple ‘either/or’. You are either a Type A person ora Type B person. You are either an Introvert or an Extrovert. But this black and white approach doesn’t really match up to how we actually experience life. It’s true that some 50% of our ‘personality’ comes from our genetic inheritance, which we’re stuck with. But clearly, that’s only half the story.
You do indeed start with a genetic inheritance, which may give you a natural ‘base point’ on the spectrum that you tend to ‘come home to’ and feel most comfortable at. But the other half is the product of your upbringing, your society, your circumstances, your beliefs, your opportunities – and your choices. And you can choose, when it suits, to go from introvert to extrovert, to a degree that is comfortable for you.
So just how do you go about tripping the introvert to extrovert switch?
To be more extrovert, it helps to be an introvert…
The trick is to get yourself more comfortable with extroverted ways without feeling that this means you are obliged to be extroverted all the time. It’s about developing a flexibility of response that you can deploy in different contexts, and giving yourself more options.
The easiest way to start developing these skills is to do something you are already good at – going into your inner world, and then using it as a springboard to take you out.
Using hypnosis to expand your range of extroversion
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