The introvert myth continues to perpetuate possibly because of the use of the word almost exclusively as a noun, not a verb. Before I get into the myth mode, let’s look at how we commonly use the word as a noun to label people. You can either read, listen or watch a video.
Did you know that introvert and extrovert, the words, are actually verbs too? Yes; we introvert and extrovert, all day long. That being the case, neither is better than the other. It’s simply action. At work or in your life at times we find ourselves – researching, planning, writing, editing – all introverting actions. At other times we will be – making a presentation, attending a business event, entertaining friends at home, speaking to a group – all extroverting actions. The list can go on: introverting includes reading, gardening, thinking, listening; extroverting includes sports games, traveling with others, group discussions.
Introvert actions are usually done by oneself while extroverting includes others.
We have a preference along the continuum that is occurring all day long. I blogged about this on a previous post, Introvert Meets Extrovert in the Workplace . We have that preference because it is an innate brain preference which directs where on the continuum of these actions we will have the most energy and stamina in those actions.
Does this make sense? Where is your preference on the continuum? If you know with certainty, because of your energy sensitivity or an assessment test, then while you may say, “I am an introvert,” you say it because you know where you prefer to be on the behaving continuum.