Extroverts and Introverts. What’s the difference?

Extroverts and Introverts. What’s the difference?

Over your lifetime, you will change in many ways. Perhaps you are a parent and have seen the ways in which your child is developing and changing every day. Or you just started secondary school or university and can feel yourself change as you grow and learn about the world in new ways. However, one thing that doesn’t change, and will not be affected over your life, is your personality.
 
Yes, you may appear to others to change in certain ways. Perhaps more confident and talkative, or rather more contemplative and cautious. But at your core, you will not change much. Your personality will remain more or less fixed, as it is something you are born with. What can change over time is your character. We often confuse personality with character, but I hope to clear up this confusion. In the following blog, I will discuss what is the difference between the two and what are some key personality traits.

The difference between personality and character

As an article from Psychology Today explains “research has shown that personality traits are determined largely by heredity and are mostly immutable. The arguably more important traits of character, on the other hand, are more malleable… they are based on beliefs”. Character is often built over a lifetime, with different influencers coming into play. Our character will be shaped by our family, friends, schooling, and society, which will instil in us certain ways of behaving. Traits of character include honesty, kindness and virtue, whereas personality includes extroversion or introversion, energetic or quiet, detail oriented or big picture etc. The way personality is expressed can be influenced by a person’s surroundings, but at its core, it will not change over a person’s life. As a Forbes article summarizes: “Personality consists of a stable set of preferences and tendencies through which we approach the world. Personality traits form at an early age and are fixed by early adulthood”. 

Introvert and extrovert stereotypes:

For the purpose of this blog I will be focusing on extroversion and introversion. The reason for this is because it is one of the first, and perhaps easiest, personality traits to figure out in someone else and ourselves. Stereotypes associated with extraverts include talkative, outgoing, vain, strong and opinionated. Introverts, on the other hand, are often said to be shy, awkward, intelligent, quiet and weak. However, these are incorrect and don’t actually help us understand the real difference between the two. 

What is the difference between extroverts and introverts?

The best way to differentiate an extrovert from an introvert is to understand where they get their energy from. Extrovert get their energy from being with others. This means that after socializing with a group of friends, or at an event, they will feel rejuvenated. This doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy time alone, but this is usually not as important, and only needed for some time. If alone for too long, they may begin to feel drained, bored and unmotivated. An introvert, on the other hand, gets his or her energy from being alone. This doesn’t mean they do not enjoy talking to people, but they may prefer one on one over a group, and will be drained if done for too long. That is why they need more time alone, and once enough energy has been stored, can go out and face the world. Introverts can also be very engaged and animated, if they are among people familiar to them.

Another important difference between the two is that introverts and extroverts do not have the same level of dopamine, the brain’s feel-good hormone. This greatly influence how social a person is and is well summarized with the following quote. “Those who naturally have high levels of stimulation tend to be introverts—they try and avoid any extra social stimulation that might make them feel anxious or overwhelmed. Those with low levels of stimulation tend to be extroverts. Under-stimulation leaves extroverts feeling bored, so they seek social stimulation to feel good”. However, as the Forbes article argues, most of us are ambiverts, and fall on a spectrum. 

What’s an ambivert?

Most of us do not go in the extreme, and maintain overall balanced hormone levels, which is why we are on a spectrum where a majority of us fall in the middle. An ambivert can adapt to different situations. If they know themselves well, they can develop a better understanding of how different situations can affect them, and how to react according to their strengths. The value we will gain from learning about our personality and where we are on a spectrum, whether extrovert, introvert or ambivert, is that it will help us deepen our understanding of ourselves and the ones we interact with. Knowing our personality can be beneficial on multiple levels, as it increases our self-awareness and emotional intelligence, which can in turn can help us in our personal and professional life.

At Über tutors we know every child has his or her own personality and way of learning, which is why our experienced tutors know how to adapt to the academic and personal needs of each student.
 

Contact us today at info@ubertutors.co.uk or 02030867311 to set up your free consultation and get matched with a tutor who will help your child develop and excel in their own unique way.
 
 

Interested in finding out more about our Private Tutoring process?

Google Reviews

Cleandra Martin-Waldron
Cleandra Martin-Waldron
Read More
"We are incredibly grateful for Uber Tutors professional and comprehensive services. We are moving from the USA to the UK and our 12 year old needed to learn an entirely different system of education. Tania worked with us and accommodated the 8 hr time difference btw LA and London and found the perfect match for us. Joseph worked with our son for 3 months and achieved all of our goals. We are so grateful that we found this service!"
Qudsia Rahim
Qudsia Rahim
Read More
"I would highly recommend the Uber Tutors team! Very professional and thorough but more importantly they tailor to your individual requirements, in turn helping you focus, build confidence and resilience. Forever grateful!"
Sarah Lockett
Sarah Lockett
Read More
"Tania's tutor took my daughter from a C in her mock GCSE Maths to an A in the exam! Plus she helped her to get an A in A-Level English - so we are very happy. She was very good at matching the personality of the maths tutor to my daughter, too."
Angharad Rees
Angharad Rees
Read More
"Really helpful and super supportive advisers - would recommend"
al hu
al hu
Read More
"Very responsive and helpful! Thanks so much for your support, looking forward to using you again in the near future."
Tyler Fox
Tyler Fox
Read More
"Caring and supportive team of tutors who work hard to help their students succeed!"
Alessandra Fumarola
Alessandra Fumarola
Read More
"Tania is always available, very honest and competent. She is always happy to listen and tailor the service to clients needs. The two tutors that we had for most of the time (Henry and Joseph) were amazing and the kids flourished under their support. We would have not passed the exam that they were preparing for without Tania and her team."
Jeremy
Jeremy
Read More
"We used Uber Tutors for our son who was taking his GCSEs . He needed to understand how to study, engage and answer the questions. We were very impressed with his tutoring and his has achieved good grades which he would not have done without Uber Tutors help."
Mar
Mar
Read More
"We used Uber Tutors for our son to help him prepare for an 11+ exam. We were so pleased with a perfect tutor match for him as he was waiting with enthusiasm for each week session and gained a lot of knowledge and confidence through it. It was a pleasure and stress free cooperation with the team and we were grateful to find Uber Tutors. We can definitely recommend their service and the professional approach to it. Thanks a lot for you dedicated work!"
Karen Ball
Karen Ball
Read More
"Tania and Sara helped my daughter achieve an A in A level Economics not only because they were so knowledgeable and professional but also because they gave her confidence in her ability. It was about so much more than just the subject itself."
Cedric Mukolonga
Cedric Mukolonga
Read More
"I have been using uber tutors for a few years now and i have to say working with my tutor has been amazing, she has gone above and beyond in helping me attain my amazing results with my business and finance studies, its a shame my exams are over i will definitely be using their services in the future should I decide to strive for more advanced academic goals."
Previous
Next