In my last post, I mentioned a new term that I recently learned, Extroverted Introvert. An extroverted introvert gets drained by being around people for long periods, but occasionally enjoys social events and has a few close friends to do social activities.
Unlike true extroverts, extroverted introverts do not feel the need to have social activities planned every night or every weekend. Extroverted introverts still need their alone time to recharge.
The website Introvert Dear has created a list of ten signs that one might be an extroverted introvert. As long as I am in a calm, non-stimulating environment, I feel energized by being social. However, put me in an overstimulating room with lots of different conversations going on, and my energy gets drained.
Although I am not the best with small talk, there are some situations where I have learned to put this skill to practice. For example, when I am on vacation, I enjoy learning where different people live. I enjoy taking trips that are group activity-oriented so that I can get some social interaction.
When I’ve had a good night’s sleep, I can reach out to a select number of friends and make plans for an activity. This past weekend, I made plans for dinner with a friend.
Just like with Autism, introversion, and extroversion both fall on a spectrum. Most people fall in the middle rather than being completely an extrovert or an introvert.
As my social skills have improved over the years, I feel that I have moved from 100% introvert to more of an extroverted introvert. As I said in my last post, I am glad I have a set of friends to do things with as long as I have enough advanced notice to prepare myself.
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