No, it doesn’t necessarily mean an introvert is shy and an extrovert is outgoing.
Here are some common myths that we often hear about introverts and extroverts in our daily lives.
1. “Extroverts can’t be alone with their thoughts.”
You may hear that extroverts cannot handle being alone but don’t you think everyone likes to have some “me time” to recharge? A study found that extroverted behavior led to happiness and fatigue at the same time. Three hours after their extroverted excursion, participants felt tired from the interaction. This was true regardless of the personality type.
2. “Extroverts and introverts can’t get along.”
“Both of these personality types communicate and think in different ways, they won’t always understand the other’s traits and temperament,” says Dr. Jeff Nalin, licensed clinical psychologist and co-founder and chief clinical officer at Paradigm Malibu Treatment Centers. Despite their differences, both introverts and extroverts can work together effectively. “The magic happens when people stop focusing on the differences and choose to appreciate each other’s innate skills and personality traits,” says Nalin.
3. “Introverts are quiet.”
Since introverts don’t really thrive in large group settings, then this may be the most unforgettable impression that you have of them. If you take your time to hang out with introverts in a smaller setting, you may be surprised at how they are probably talking more than you!
4. “Introverts can’t be leaders.”
Although the first thing that most people may think that a leader should have is an extroverted personality, you never know, introverts have the skills to be leaders and bosses too. A lot of introverts are famous leaders in the world. For example:
- Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft
- Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla
- Audrey Hepburn, one of Hollywood’s all-time great actresses
- Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of India’s non violent revolution
So what do you think about the myths of introverts and extroverts? Have you heard of it?