EP9: Is it better to be introverted or extroverted?

Is it better to be introverted or extroverted?

In this episode of the Greatness Together Podcast, we explore the introversion-extroversion continuum. Is one better than the other? What are the differences, and which one are you?

Quote of the Week:

“I like meeting people. Being more introverted, I’d be satisfied if I met three people. My goal is not to connect with every single human at the function.” Simonne McVanel


Greatness Together Podcast Highlights:

  • Is it better to be introverted or extroverted? 0:00
  • Simonne is definitely more introverted. 0:30
  • The introversion-extroversion continuum. 6:00
  • We’re all both at times. 10:00
  • Biases and expectations. 14:00
  • Creating a productive environment. 19:00
  • Introversion and extroversion is a trait. 22:00
  • Sarah’s lightbulb moment. 23:00
  • Next episode: Coping Mechanisms. 25:00

Introverted or Extroverted, which are you?

One of the most pervasive and commonly known personality concepts in the public consciousness is introversion and extroversion. However, we often get it wrong.

In this podcast, we’ll talk about the stigma and biases we have of introverts and extroverts and how we can have perceived behaviours that are aligned with these traits. Get ready to confront some inconvenient insights about how we disproportionately value one trait over the other, and therefore, in our social, academic and work environments, we need to recognize how we make it easier for one over the other to be successful.

We will also explore how these traits are a continuum. A misnomer is that you are either one or the other. Like many of the complexities of human behaviour, we are not one-dimensional beings unable to adapt or change over time.

We’ll also introduce you to “actor-observer bias,” which creates stories about why other people do things for internal reasons, yet when we take that same action, we know it’s for external reasons. This insight will not only help you understand the introversion-extroversion continuum, it also helps us all to learn how to combat comparison, as we explore in episode seven. 

You’ll see how Simonne and Sarah are at different tails of the E-I continuum, and that’s great! You’ll no doubt value the diversity of your fellow E-I-inclined friends, family, and colleagues.

Additional Greatness Together Links:

Blog Post: Do You Have an Introverted Preference?: https://greatnessmagnified.com/do-you-have-an-introverted-preference-your-guide-to-recognition-superstardom/
Comparison episode: https://greatnessmagnified.com/podcast/ep-7-do-you-compare-yourself-to-others/
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