Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Depending on your personality type, this question may not be easy to answer. Introverts and extroverts have different thinking processes, which can make it difficult to decide whether you’re more of an extrovert or an introvert.
This article will help you determine whether you’re more of an introvert or an extrovert—or somewhere in between!
Introverted Thinking (Ti)
Introverted Thinking (Ti) is a cognitive function that is related to the process of thinking in an objective, logical manner.
Introverted Thinking focuses on the underlying principles of things and seeks to understand the way things work. It thinks in terms of “what”, “how”, and “why” instead of “who” or “when”.
People with Introverted Thinking want to find the truth for themselves rather than relying on others’ opinions or preconceived notions about how life works.
They prefer to think about ideas until they can reach conclusions based on their own observations rather than seeking advice from others before making decisions or expressing opinions.
Extroverted Thinking (Te)
Extroverted thinking (Te) is the first function of the extroverted feeling function, and it’s concerned with objective facts and logical connections.
In a nutshell, extroverted thinking wants to understand how the world works. If you’re an extroverted thinker, you’ll have no problem coming up with ways to improve your environment—you’re constantly seeking more efficient ways to do things so that life can run more smoothly for everyone involved (and maybe even make you some money).
You value practicality over style and formality over substance, but this doesn’t mean that your ideas are always good ones; sometimes they’re just too practical for their own good!
How to Recognize Each Personality Type
If you’re someone who thinks a lot, it can be helpful to know what type of thinker you are. Whether your mind is introverted or extroverted will have a big effect on how you process the world around you and what kind of career path is best for your personality.
There are many ways to tell if someone is an introvert or an extrovert. The most obvious way would be if they told you themselves! Sometimes people don’t realize that they’re either one until someone points it out to them; other times, people might realize that their behavior doesn’t quite match up with the stereotype for their gender (for instance, men who like staying home alone sometimes consider themselves introverts).
If someone hasn’t given much thought to how they approach things differently than others do, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I like being around other people all the time? (If yes) Congratulations! You’re an extravert!
- Do I prefer more quiet time alone? (If yes) Congratulations! You’re an introvert!
But maybe asking yourself these questions doesn’t work well enough—and that’s okay too because there are plenty of other ways to tell whether someone likes interacting socially more than others do.
How to distinguish how each personality type thinks
When attempting to distinguish how each personality type thinks, we can compare Ti and Te.
Te is extroverted, while Ti is introverted. This means that when a person feels strongly about something, they will be more likely to voice their opinions out loud.
Extroverts are the ones who do this most often. They also tend to make decisions based on objective or factual reasons rather than subjective ones (which are more common among introverts).
When it comes to how they process information internally compared with externally, Te focuses on the parts while Ti focuses on the whole (or “big picture”).
As an example of this difference: If given a list of instructions for doing something as simple as making toast in your oven at home, an extrovert might focus on each step individually without considering how each step fits into getting the desired result (toasted bread).
An introvert might look at all those steps together and consider whether any seem overly complicated or unnecessary before proceeding with them—they might stop halfway through because they aren’t sure why certain steps were included in the first place!
Extroverted thinking is based on facts and objective data. This involves seeing the facts, assessing them, and figuring out what to do with them.
It’s important to note that extroverted thinking is not always right—it just tends to be more practical than its introverted counterpart. However, extroverted thinkers can become too focused on outcomes and ignore other factors that matter to decision-making processes like ethics or emotional intelligence.
Introverted Thinking (Ti) is a subjective process that seeks to put things into a whole. It is an internal process and is concerned with meaning, the integration of facts into a whole and subjective interpretation of objective facts.
Preferring introverted thinking means you enjoy putting together ideas and concepts to form a cohesive worldview. For example, you might find yourself trying to figure out how all the pieces fit together in your mind, rather than simply focusing on one thing at a time.
This also means that you’re more likely to be interested in philosophy or science than most other people because these fields allow you to explore all the different ways different things can interact with each other.
Which is better extroverted or introverted?
Both introverted and extroverted thinking are necessary for effective decision-making. While it’s true that the two types of thinking tend to focus on different things, there’s no reason to think of them as polar opposites or even mutually exclusive. In fact, both are necessary for successful problem-solving.
The difference between the two is simply in how they handle information: Extroverted thinking is more concerned with the facts and details, whereas introverted thinking is focused on how those facts and details fit into a larger picture.
While extroverted thinkers often excel at gathering information that needs to be analyzed later (e.g., by gathering all possible data and then analyzing it), introverts tend to think better when they’re able to take time away from their work environment so they can look at things from a distance before making decisions about what needs to be done next.
The difference between extroverted and introverted thinking
Knowing the difference between extroverted and introverted thinking can help you collaborate better with your coworkers and understand your strengths.
You may have noticed that some people think, act, and make decisions differently than you do—but did you ever wonder why? The answer lies in how they view their environment. Extroverts focus their attention on the outside world, while introverts are more interested in their internal thoughts.
This doesn’t mean one type of person is smarter than another—there’s a spectrum for both introverted and extroverted thinkers—but it does mean that each approach to problem-solving will look different depending on whether someone is an E or I type.
Knowing how others approach problems gives us insight into how they think about themselves as well as how they communicate with others around them.”
Introvert vs extroversion
Introverts and extroverts have different preferences. Introverts are more quiet, reserved, and private, while extroverts are more outgoing and social.
Introverts recharge by spending time alone, while extroverts recharge by spending time with people.
- If you’re an introvert: You might enjoy the calm of your living room after a long day at work, whereas your extroverted colleagues might want to go out for drinks at the local bar.
- If you’re an extrovert: You may find it difficult to focus if there’s noise or a lot going on around you (like during a brainstorming session), whereas your introverted coworkers may prefer working in silence or closing their office door to block out distractions from other people coming into their office space throughout the day.*
How to Tell Which One You Are
- Take a personality test. You can find several free ones online, like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Enneagram Personality Test. If you have a friend who identifies as introverted or extroverted, ask them to take one of these tests so you can compare the results.
- Identify your strengths and weaknesses. It’s important to know what you’re good at and what makes you feel comfortable before determining if you’re an introvert or extroverted thinker. Ask yourself: What energizes me? What drains my energy? What do I enjoy doing? What do I find difficult? Do I prefer working alone or with others? Which activities make me feel fulfilled? Which activities drain me of energy, no matter how hard I try or how much effort I put in?
- Know your personality type. Each of the 16 types within MBTI has its own strengths and weaknesses; knowing yours will help guide your self-reflection process as well as determine which kind of career might be right for you! For example, if someone who identifies as an ESFP (extroverted sensory feeling perceiving) type enjoys talking while they work but struggles with sitting still long enough to read long articles—that’s great information! This tells us something about their preferred learning style (they learn best through interaction). This person may prefer working in a team environment where brainstorming sessions happen often during meetings rather than solo research projects where it’s possible that silence will occur more frequently than the interaction between team members during those sessions.”
Personality types of team members
Introverts are better at quiet work, like research or writing. Extroverts are better at public speaking or leading a group.
Introverts can be good leaders, but they may need to learn how to do it. They might also want to surround themselves with extroverted people who can handle the interaction side of things while they focus on other aspects of the job.
This personality test can help you figure out your personality type.
You can get your personality type by taking a free online assessment. The OCEAN model is used by many psychologists and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is another common one. Here are some of the most common personality types:
- Introversion and extroversion are opposites, so they’re in conflict with each other.
- Sensing and intuition deal with how we take in information from the world around us—things like sight, smell or sound.
- Thinking and feeling deal with how we make decisions—logically or based on feelings.
Extroverted people and relationships with introverts
- Introverts aren’t shy. In fact, they often get a bad rap for being shy, but it’s something that is not true at all! If you’re an introvert and you think you are shy, this could be one reason why:
- Introverts need alone time to recharge. They take breaks from socializing and will often engage in solitary activities to relax and recharge themselves.
However, this does not mean that introverts aren’t friendly or affectionate! Just because someone needs their own space doesn’t mean they’re incapable of being social at other times.
It just means that if you want them around more often than not (and I know some people who do), then try asking them out on dates instead of expecting them to hang out with you every weekend like a good friend would do with another good friend – which may seem normal now but will quickly become too much once things start changing between your relationship because it won’t feel right anymore due to how many times we’ve been together already.’
Best careers for extroverted and introverts
It’s important to note that extroverts and introverts have different strengths and weaknesses. Extroverts tend to be better at communicating with people, while introverts are more focused on internal processes like deep thinking. While you may consider yourself a certain type, your level of extroversion or introversion can change based on your environment (for example, if you’re in a large group of people).
When it comes to careers, there’s no right or wrong type of personality for any job! It’s good to know how your personality will affect the work that you do so that you can make sure everything is working well together. For example:
- If an extrovert works with an introvert, they should be careful not to overwhelm their colleague with constant conversation. They should also remember that their coworker might need some time alone after spending time socializing with others; this could mean giving them space at the end of the day without making them feel guilty about needing it!
- An introverted engineer who has been working on something technical for several hours straight may want someone else present at meetings (or just someone close by) so they aren’t afraid of making mistakes or forgetting something important during discussions
In this article, we explored the differences between introverted and extroverted thinking.
We looked at how each personality type thinks, what they value in life, their strengths and weaknesses, and how you might be able to identify which type you are. This information can help you better understand yourself and your coworkers when collaborating on projects together.
It’s important to note that while there are some universal traits between all humans (we all have feelings), there is no one right way of doing things! Everyone has unique strengths based on their own personalities that make them stand out from everyone else (even if it seems like there are only two types).
So next time someone asks if they’re an introvert or extrovert, you can easily tell.
Mo Fayez is an engineer by trade with more than 15 years of experience in management, passionate about Management coaching, self-help, and productivity. He has a passion for teaching and helping others become the best that they can be. He also enjoys training people to become more productive at work.Learn more about this blog that Mo has created in 2021, and why he decided to start this blog. If you want to send Mo a quick message, then visit his contact page here.