Mind: Introverted vs. Extraverted

It is safe to say that Extraversion and Introversion are probably the oldest notions in the history of personality theories. It has long been observed that some people are expressive, outgoing and comfortable in interacting with their surroundings – while others are reserved, quiet and more comfortable alone. It is as if the former sincerely enjoy engaging with the external world and recharge by communicating with other people, and the latter prefer to rely on themselves and their own inner world instead of seeking stimulation from the outside. We focus on these differences in our first scale, which we call Mind – it determines how we see and approach the outside world, including people, objects and activities within it.

While Introversion and Extraversion are often used in lieu of social aptitude, this scale involves more than just being outgoing and social – although social skills form part of it. In a broader way, the Mind scale determines the degree of interaction with the outer world; how socially one behaves is just a part of that. In a sense, this scale is a contrast of the quantity and intensity of an experience and its quality or depth.

People who are considered Extraverts (E) in our model are not as sensitive to outer stimuli and need to seek them out in order to gain a kind of functional equilibrium and to perform well. Introverts (I), on the other hand, are more sensitive and need to escape the same stimuli in order to be more functional. Unlike Extraverts, Introverts can quickly exhaust their mental energy reserves, and they will only tolerate such situations so long before they yearn for solitude and quiet.

Let’s consider a couple of practical examples. Our research shows that Introverts are significantly more likely to report being sensitive to noise and bright colors, and they also strongly prefer simplicity and minimalism in their environment (especially if their Introversion is coupled with the Thinking trait). Likewise, they do not seek or require much external stimulation – while communicating with other people is the most obvious example of such stimulation, this concept also extends to things like hobbies, political attitudes and even eating or drinking habits. For instance, Introverts are more likely to dislike coffee and energy drinks.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Extraverts are more interested in engaging the environment – people and objects around them – and they need feedback as well. They are more energetic and willing to take the lead in many situations, especially social ones, and they enjoy pushing limits and challenging both themselves and those around them. People with Extraverted personality types are also more likely to feel that they can handle any challenges life throws their way. Obviously, whether that turns out to be true or not depends on many other circumstances, but generally speaking, Extraverts tend to be much more proactive in experiencing (and relying on) the world around them.

Finally, it is important to point out that the Mind scale does not determine how introspective or reflective we are – even though it may be tempting to confuse the two. There are introspective Extraverts and non-introspective Introverts. Ultimately, this scale is about how much stimulation we require and can absorb from our environment, not about what happens in our minds afterwards.

1 month ago
I'm 100% introverted according to the test. I HATE coffee and I'm not big on bright colors or loud noises.
2 months ago
Wow i am sensitive to noise and bright colors. I also dont like coffee or energy drink!
3 months ago
I do not have trouble understanding anything that anyone feels. It is indeed the best part about being Intuitive. Easy to know how someone feels just by the look on their face, or their tone, they may be smiling but what really counts is the words they use. and how they say something. like mood and tone of a character, but an actual person feeling the way they do. just like a book, the reader picks up on things the character feels when the character is not expressing it mentally, but in their tone and their choice of words. reading someones emotions is not always something someone can do. My meme says that you are either born intuitive or you just do not have it. is that true?
1 month ago
I think you can learn to be more intuitive in your life, if you practice or focus on it. Also, you can be born with more or less intuition than others, it depends on your personality. I think I’m very intuitive, and it seems to be mostly ingrained in my personality and thoughts. What you naturally focus on can help you understand.
4 weeks ago
Wow you have just written what I have wanted to write you are right.
3 months ago
Do other extroverts have a problem where they say something but it get interpreted into a different way altogether... or is that just me?
5 months ago
This has been very helpful.... since I’ve taken the test and discovered I’m an INJF ~T has helped explain a lot it’s been very insightful and it’s nice to finally have the right words and explanations as to why certain things happen and why I have felt like I didn’t belong in this generation or sometimes this planet... thanking you
1 month ago
I'm not sure of your age ,Yet I have found that what you are saying & experienceing is a Learned, generational phenomenon that the Human being goes through at a particular phase in their evolve, I could go on for hours in reference to your underlying , learned memory. But I can't. Do you remember the first time you became aware of your generational misalignement ? If your very honest with yourself , that instance you became aware, can you , if you were with another person at the time or perhaps a group maybe, remember saying to some one or just thinking it to yourself that you remembered that one of your parents had said one day when you were a lot younger, the same exactly thing that you were about to think or say to yourself or others around you the exact thing they too had installed in your memory basically the exact phrase of " I have always thought that I didn't belong in my generation, that I wish I had been born in the years they thought they should have been born in ???? Just a guess, they probably wanted to be born 20 years earlier than they were born , & YOU 2 stood there & said the exact same thing for your age group. Am I close?? I should be on the mark. It is so SPOOKY to realise at different stages in our lives How so Bloody close we all come to being our own parents. Look if I am right. You as I , quite often scare the funk out of ourselves as to how much we are like the Generation before us & We end up with watching our own children grow & realise that they too will go through the same Apiphiney . Sorry but I am sure that that is not spelt correctly.
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