Introverts are like rechargeable batteries. Extroverts are like solar panels.

by phil on Saturday Feb 27, 2010 6:45 PM

Another interesting bit from The Introvert Advantage:

Introverts are like a rechargeable battery. They need to stop expending energy and rest in order to recharge. This is what a less stimulating environment provides for introverts. it restores energy. It is their natural niche.

Extroverts are like solar panels. For extroverts, being alone, or inside, is like living under a heavy cloud cover. Solar panels need the sun to recharge—extroverts need to be out and about to refuel. Like introversion, extroversion is a hard-wired temperament. It cannot be changed. You can learn to work with it, not against it

I think ideas like introversion-extroversion, highly-sensitive people, or Jung's types are best internalized as spectrums that help you see the world in a different light. I think thinking about black-and-white like, "this person's X, that person's Y," can actually do more harm than good in some cases. On the other hand, to know that someone's traits organize around a pole or that some traits come in groups, can be very helpful to understanding people, and very liberating to identify in yourself.


Cory said on March 9, 2010 7:42 PM:

I like the rechargeable battery/solar panel analogy - fits perfectly. This reminded me of an article in The Atlantic called "Caring for Your Introvert,"

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