Introverts and Extroverts

I was thinking today about the difference between “introverts” and “extroverts.” Personally, I feel those labels are too narrow and the meanings they intend to convey are too broad.  It is likened to the “Type A” or “Type B” personality idea.  These terms don’t give enough particular information to understand someone’s personality or habits; it paints a wide brush stroke.  Not only that, but a stand-alone “introvert” or “extrovert” has significant flaws which the term glazes over.  There is no consideration to introverts who are looking to change their ways or extroverts who desire to be other than what they are.  And isn’t that our intended design? (Ref. 2 Cor. 5:17, Romans 12:2, and other verses that pertain to sanctification or regeneration)  But I digress…

So in my thoughts I figured two additional labels might help to better understand such characters.  I put together this chart which might define each and give better explanation to the so-called “introverts” and “extroverts” of pop psychology:

So what do you think?  Is this accurate or not?  Can you find yourself within these quadrants?  Or maybe I have used the wrong language in an attempt to clarify language.  Oh the horrific cycle!

Whatever the case, I lean more on the introvert side of the spectrum yet I hate being given that label.  In fact, if you were to look up the definition of an introverted person in the dictionary you would find everything ranging from a self-centered bigot to an autistic person.  Society puts such a negative spin on this category (into which many types of people would fall).  Feel free to correct my inner feelings: I am and introvert but I don’t particularly believe I am either of those.  So while I acknowledge my flaws and appreciate that God has made me to be a self-reflective person, I am not content with being a stagnant, introverted human being.  Instead of accepting the cultural outlook that I am a public nuisance or biological disease and instead of looking down upon myself for feeling mildly uncomfortable in large groups of unfamiliar people, I will give thanks for how God made me all the while striving to become better than the mess I am.

This is one of those many ideas I catalog away with the intention of writing a book someday that, in reality, I never will!  Your thoughts and inputs are appreciated in this silly matter.

Scoop