Day 2 - Personality Types


Day 2 - Personality Types

"I don't understand why I am this way!!!" Have you ever sobbed (or whined, let's be honest!) and said something like this to yourself?

If you didn't raise your hand, then friend, I'm calling you out, because I feel like we all have said some derivative of this statement at least once. And it's just too bad! Because so often, day-to-day, we're working against our personalities instead of with them. And that lack of understanding can definitely kill your confidence! 

A common example of this is introversion and extroversion. People often think that introversion means shyness and extroversion means outgoingness, yet that couldn't be further from the truth! In fact, introversion and extroversion have more to do with how you rejuvenate yourself than with your level of outgoingness. Personality can get a lot more complicated than that! 

Me for example? I always thought I was an extrovert. I love going out with people, dancing and socializing, and yet I'd often get to a point in the night where I, very suddenly, would want to go home. It was like a switch flipped and suddenly I was no longer having fun and simply wanted to go flop on a couch. The more I read about personality types, the more I realized that I am, in fact, an introvert. I recharge in silence, by myself. Being around people, as much as I enjoy it, drains me, and I need to be "in the mood" to go out.

On the contrary, there are is also such a thing as a shy extrovert, meaning someone who is energized and rejuvenated in crowds and with people, but who is a little shy and socially awkward. But it's not because they don't like people! They love people! They just lack a little of that social confidence to feel comfortable conversing with people.

So are you an outgoing introvert? A shy extrovert? Or is there some other aspect of your personality that you have a tendency to work against?

Take out a piece of paper and spend a little time writing about the ways in which you can start working with your personality instead of against it to make you a more confident person! 

Also, if you're interested, check out my piece about the biology (yay science!) behind introversion and extroversion!

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