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Think Again Before You Label Yourself An Introvert Or An Extrovert

The definition of these two binaries doesn't always cut it.

Think Again Before You Label Yourself An Introvert Or An Extrovert
Jacqueline Krikorian

Introverts and extroverts, an age-old debate that divides us all. But, in reality, these labels wrongly try to define a completely gray area of human tendencies with a simple black and white approach.

Defined simply, introverts are individuals who tend to recharge by sending time alone. Extroverts, on the other hand, recharge in social situations when stimulated by others.

Psychology Today actually published an interesting article regarding the happiness of the two individuals. In American society, they estimate that 50-74 percent is made up of these extroverted "social butterflies". When thought of through a cultural lens, this actually makes sense. A culture prided on the ability to express ideas vocally, introverts are often viewed as less-dominant through all sections of society. Being shy and quiet are regarded as "weaknesses" while leadership and public-speaking embody strength. The article also draws a conclusion that the brains of the two types are wired a bit differently. Simply summarized, dopamine is released from stimulations of different parts of the brain.

I personally identify as an extroverted introvert. I don't believe that these binary titles encompass my traits. I love to go out and be social, but only when I know I will have time to sit in my own company shortly after. Socializing is hard work. Especially in college where you feel surrounded by opportunities and the idea of missing a good time haunts you. Often I find myself pushing to go out more or be around people simply because I don't want to be absent, rather than the desire to actually be there.

Maybe it's just my severe FOMO, but I think there is something to be said about the balance that people need. No matter if you identify as introvert or extrovert, you have traits of both, and it is important to recognize and exercise those. Time alone gives you a better idea of your internal values and morals, while social situations test your people-skills and offer comforting laughs. So, cheers to learning how to balance both of your sides without compromise. With a busy season approaching, I hope you can all learn sometimes a night in counts just as much as the night out your friends can't stop talking about.

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