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Extrovert: Explanation, Examples & Tips

 ~ Personality explained in simple terms ~ 


Extroverted behavior or in the technical term "extraversion" is the opposite of introverted. Extrovert means getting in touch with other people easily, being sociable, and looking for contact, activity, and excitement.

In contrast to the quiet introverts, extroverts are the party animals, those who like to talk a lot and loudly, who are the focus, know God and the world, are constantly on the move and get into conversation with everyone, looking for excitement and moments of happiness, the bungee Jumpers and entertainers.

Extraversion can be tested in a short type test.

Extrovert - Explanation

Extroverts actively seek external stimulation, suggestions and moments of happiness, e.g. conversations with other people or activities that are exciting for them.

Extroverts are sociable and easily get into conversation with other people, looking for contacts, activity and excitement. In a group, they like to take the lead and are often the focus of attention. They speak relatively openly about personal matters, they usually show their feelings clearly and they also quickly get into conversation with strangers.

In contrast to introverts who want to be alone after a certain period of time in order to recharge their energy, extroverts are more likely to be less strenuous in contact with other people. On the other hand, they get restless if they have to spend long periods of time alone or without stimulating activities, which is not so easily the case with introverts.

The terms introverted and extroverted are not mutually exclusive, but complement each other: depending on the situation, each of us behaves one way or another. That is, nobody is exclusively extroverted or introverted, but everyone has a tendency to one side or the other. We all move on a scale between these two terms, are more of an extroverted E-type, an introverted I-type, or are in the middle. Someone can be slightly extroverted and thus close to the middle between the two traits, or very strongly and clearly extroverted at the extreme end of the scale. Everyone has a different level of expression.

Introvert center Extrovert

Extraversion can be assessed, among other things, with the short type test or the scientific test in the type test book.

In science only the term is used in the rules Extraversion. People with low extraversion are therefore introverted, people with high extraversion are extroverted. Today we know that these personality traits are largely innate or inherited and therefore do not change fundamentally in the course of life. However, due to the living conditions, they can certainly move in one direction or the other on the scale and corresponding behavior can be trained to a certain extent. After all, everyone in life comes into both extroverted and introverted situations.

More on the subject of extraversion can be found in my book Knowledge of human nature - the great type test. It contains a comprehensive review, many examples and tips for extroverts, as well as background information and explanations of why extraversion is related to the natural search for rewards.

Prominent extrovert examples

Examples of heavily extroverted people are easy to find, especially in the media:

Entertainers like Stefan Raab, Dieter Bohlen, Mario Barth or Thomas Gottschalk present themselves very aggressively, like to be the center of attention and are accordingly all extroverted. Especially in show business, extraversion is indispensable, which is why most stars and starlets are extroverted, e.g. Madonna, Elvis Presley, Jennifer Lopez, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Chackie Chan and many more. In politics, on the other hand, it looks a little different: Chancellor Angela Merkel is a clear introvert, while her predecessor Gerhard Schröder is a clearly extroverted type. In sport, a rather introverted Michael Schuhmacher can be compared with extroverts like Sebastian Vettel, Jogi Löw, Christiano Ronaldo or Sebastian Schweinsteiger. In general, extroverts are easier to assess than introverts, because they show themselves and their personality much more clearly to the outside world.
  Getting more extroverted - tips

How to become more extroverted and be more open to other people.

Extroverted behavior is often required or required, especially at work - which can be difficult for some. Here are some tips:

► Approach other people on your own initiative. Not even. Not twice. But regularly and again and again.
► To do this, direct your attention more outwards, on your surroundings and the other people around you.
► Actively look for people and situations that make you happy and with which you feel comfortable.
► Find extroverted people to help you with this.
► Talk about what moves you, how you feel, what you are feeling. Above all, show clearly when you have positive feelings or are happy - that always goes down well.
► Assert yourself. If you are often overlooked or ignored, speak louder, make your concern clearer.
► Take the lead once in a while and tell them where to go. Especially when nobody else does it right away.
► Finally, the most important tip: don't overdo it. Do not try to bend and break to change, to force a change - because that will not work. Instead, take it step-by-step. You can train your personality one way or the other, but you cannot change completely. See also the following explanation.

Important: Being an introvert or an extrovert is not inherently good or bad. Both personality traits are needed equally, we need both the extroverted sounds and the introverted quiet people for a functioning society (and of course those who are in the middle).

Nobody should try to change themselves or others compulsively. You should only work on it if, for example, you perceive strong introversion as a problem in everyday dealings with other people. But even then, change won't happen overnight, and nobody will turn from completely introverted to completely extroverted (or vice versa). However, over time we can move more in one direction or the other on the introvert-extrovert scale by training our behavior.

It might sound strange, but extroverts can be shy too. Because shyness and introversion are not the same: Introverts are simply more reserved and calmer, while shy people have problems contacting people, feel insecure and are afraid of being rejected. Even extroverts can have inhibitions when dealing with other people despite their increased urge for contact. More on shyness.


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