Personality Traits - Extrovert Versus Introvert

Extrovert vs Introvert


Extroverts pay more attention to their surroundings and people. They like to talk and spend time with their family, friends, and colleagues. Even they are quick to make strangers as their friends.

Unlike extroverts, introverts pay more attention to the thoughts and feelings in their heads. They tend to stay quiet and like to spend most of their time alone. They are slow and careful when it comes to making friends.

Let’s understand these two different traits of personality by the below examples.


Your outgoing friend Omar

Omar often pushes you to go out to have lunch and meet with friends. When you both sit anywhere, he talks on unlimited topics. He tells you what he was doing yesterday at home, what is his plan next weekend, and how he is working on his new business idea. You wonder how he speaks unstoppably. From where he gets so much energy.

When you both leave the restaurant, he starts chatting with the lady at the cash counter. If you go by taxi, he keeps on talking with the driver on a lot of topics all the way. It seems meeting and talking to people is his hobby.

Omar is an extrovert.


Your reserved friend Mark

Mark stay reserved. He doesn’t take the lead to go out, but when you invite him, he readily accepts. He talks pleasantly and slowly. He mostly allows you to speak and prefer for himself to listen. But when he talks about any event he goes into detail.  When topics are highly technical, he can explore a lot of depths that you find surprising. It seems he is quite focused and elaborate.

Mark spends his most time alone reading any book, watching movies, or working on his projects. He can collaborate with his others on joint projects, but he is happiest when working alone.

Mark is an introvert. 


A Question in Mind!

A question may arise in your mind here. Why some people are extroverts and some are introverts, whereas everyone has both capabilities? For example, we can be talkative as well as quiet. We can be interested in the outside environment as well as in our thoughts. We can make many friends as well as a few deep friends.

Yes! we all have both capabilities, but some of us are habitually extroverts and some of us are habitually introverts.

Think about any of your friends! Can your friend be talkative and quiet at the same time? Obviously, no. In another case, your father may like to have many friends and your friend's father may like to have few friends. Your brother may like to spend the weekend with his friends and your sister may like to spend the weekend at home.

So, people usually have distinct attitudes which can be easily distinguished from others.


Here is the infographic to understand the difference visually!

Extrovert vs Introvert Infographics - Personality Traits



Here are some interesting characteristics of extroverts.


Extroverts are outgoing

Their energy pushes them to go out and meet others. Going to restaurants for eating, going to a mall for shopping, and going to hill stations with the company of friends – they are always excited to move out and get entertained.


Extroverts think out loud

Extroverts don’t think inside their head, but they think as they speak - their thinking and speech are synchronized. Your friend who can’t ever keep secrets is most likely an extrovert as this is an inherent tendency of extroverts to speak out whatever is in their mind and heart.


Extroverts are variety-lovers

They do many jobs at a time. An extrovert woman would talk on the phone with her friend while cooking in the kitchen, and an extrovert man would talk with his colleagues while working on the computer. Your friend who comfortably diverts his attention to all people speaking at the party is most likely an extrovert.  


Extroverts have better worldly wisdom

As extroverts are mostly engaged with the people – interacting with them and collaborating on several tasks – they more skillfully handle people and understand the outside situations. CEO’s of the companies, managers, and salespeople are most likely extroverts.


Extroverts show dependence

Extroverts depend on their friends, colleagues, and family. They are more likely to take advice and relate their activities to the people. They may have a strong desire for attention, appreciation, and compliments of others. Your friends who participate in public speaking groups, enthusiastically host social events, and remain at the center of attention at gatherings are most likely extroverts.



Here are some interesting characteristics of introverts.


Introverts like solitude

Instead of going out and meeting with friends, introverts prefer to read a book or watch a movie alone. Staying alone makes them feel happy and regain their energy. Your friend who doesn’t readily join you for an outing or having a friends’ gathering is most likely an introvert.  


Introverts think inside their head

Thinking is a favorite process for introverts. When talking, they process most of the thoughts inside their brain and only say the conclusion. For this reason, the words of introverts are more finished and their sentences are comprehensive - devoid of extraneous details. If you are having a meeting, one of your co-workers who speaks only when necessary but gives a very useful opinion in few words is most likely an introvert.   


Introverts prefer few

Introverts like to focus on a single activity at a time. They have better concentration. For this reason, they are more suitable for projects that are detailed. Their description of events is quite elaborate telling each aspect. A scientist who isolates himself to perform his experiments is more likely to be an introvert.


Introverts have the wisdom of ideas

Introverts have a trained thinking process. That’s why their wisdom of ideas and thoughts is sharp. They are superior at understanding themselves and the ideas of others. Products that are based on some innovative ideas are most likely designed by introverts. Moreover, as writing involves a lot of thinking and staying alone, most writers are introverts. Especially those who write on a single genre.    


Introverts are independent

Introverts aren’t used to joining and collaborating with others. As they spend most time alone doing their works, they become independent.  They hardly seek help to perform their tasks, depend on their own advice to solve problems and might be less receptive to external opinions.