When I first got the vision for this site I was
thinking about all the Christians and non-Christians on the internet that consider themselves
Introverts. These can be shy, timid people, sometimes have been hurt in life... either through
circumstances brought on by themselves or through things outside themselves. This is not always the case but
for some it applies. What I found as I researched this is Introverts are many times very intelligent and
gifted people. But sometimes they are looked upon as depressed, anxious or a lower class of person than
the more popular "strong, friendly and out-going" personality type... In either case this site is
now for both. I know introverts will like it as I am one of those people. But I also think the
extroverts in the crowd will enjoy things here also.
“Introverts are energized and excited by ideas. Simply talking about people, what they do
and who they know is noise for the introvert. He’ll be looking between the lines for some meaning, and this can
be hard work. Before long, he’ll be looking for a way out of the conversation. But when an introvert is hanging
out with a friend, sharing ideas, he is in his element. The conversation is ‘mind to mind, rather than ‘mouth to
-- Laurie Helgoe
The main difference I see in these 2 wonderful creations of God is:
An extrovert is a person who is energized by being around other people. This
is the opposite of an introvert who is energized by being alone. An introvert is a person who is energized by being alone and
whose energy is drained by being around other people.
About.com defines Introvert
Definition: Contrary to what most people think, an introvert is not simply a person who is shy. In
fact, being shy has little to do with being an introvert! Shyness has an element of apprehension, nervousness and
anxiety, and while an introvert may also be shy, introversion itself is not shyness. Basically, an introvert is a
person who is energized by being alone and whose energy is drained by being around other people.
Introverts are more concerned with the inner world of the mind. They enjoy thinking,
exploring their thoughts and feelings. They often avoid social situations because being around people drains their
energy. This is true even if they have good social skills. After being with people for any length of time, such as
at a party, they need time alone to "recharge."
When introverts want to be alone, it is not, by itself, a sign of depression. It
means that they either need to regain their energy from being around people or that they simply want the time to be
with their own thoughts. Being with people, even people they like and are comfortable with, can prevent them from
their desire to be quietly introspective.
Being introspective, though, does not mean that an introvert never has conversations.
However, those conversations are generally about ideas and concepts, not about what they consider the trivial
matters of social small talk.
Introverts make up about 60% of the gifted population but only about 25-40% of the
While an Extrovert is defined by About.com as:
Definition: Most people believe that an extrovert is a person who is friendly and outgoing. While that
may be true, that is not the true meaning of extroversion. Basically, an extrovert is a person who is energized by
being around other people. This is the opposite of an introvert who is energized by being alone.
Extroverts tend to "fade" when alone and can easily become bored without other people
around. When given the chance, an extrovert will talk with someone else rather than sit alone and think. In fact,
extroverts tend to think as they speak, unlike introverts who are far more likely to think before they speak.
Extroverts often think best when they are talking. Concepts just don't seem real to them unless they can talk about
them; reflecting on them isn't enough.
Extroverts enjoy social situations and even seek them out since they enjoy being
around people. Their ability to make small talk makes them appear to be more socially adept than introverts (although introverts may have little
difficulty talking to people they don't know if they can talk about concepts or issues).
Extrovert behavior seems to be the standard in American society, which means that
other behavior is judged against the ways an extrovert would behave. However, extroverted behavior is simply a
manifestation of the way an extrovert interacts with the world. Extroverts are interested in and concerned with the
I loved learning of these 2 personalities because I was
personally misunderstood for years by my peers and didn't know why people didn't get me! It blesses my
heart as I watch these 2 personality types act out their stuff in my daily life. I can love them both
knowing most of the time they mean no harm, its just who they are....