I have one of each in my children. For those who think that extroverts like people and are friendly and introverts are sociopaths, allow me to explain a healthier understanding of the difference between the two.
My son is an introvert (or at least leans that way). When he gets home from school, he usually wants to play alone in his room without his sister. He needs that alone time to recuperate from school. And in general, he enjoys playing alone a lot more than his sister.
My daughter is an extrovert, completely. When she gets home she wants to be with you and tell you all about it. She comes home from church and school wired after having played with friends. Whatever she is doing she wants you to do it with her, whether watching TV or playing.
That is the main difference. Where/when do you get energized?
Does social interaction drain you or energize you?
In Christian circles, introverts are often looked down upon because they aren’t as social but there are three things to keep in mind:
- They need alone time to function well
- They do like people and enjoy being with people. Introvert does not equal shy.
- Extroverts are actually getting pumped up by being with others. Not to question motives, but to point out that it is a lot easier and not necessarily because he/she is a better Christian/more spiritual.