The other day I caught myself explaining to my boyfriend and another friend about being an extrovert. I’m not just an extrovert. I’m an extreme extrovert to the point where being alone makes my anxiety skyrocket. My boyfriend had work to do, and I asked if I could just sit there while he worked because I didn’t want to be by myself.
A lot of extroverts deal with this feeling, although probably not as extreme as someone like me. But traditionally, most extroverts have certain personality traits. Introverts are more shy, reserved and content being alone while extroverts feed off of the energy of others and crave social experiences.
Not all extroverts or introverts are the same, but here are some things to know about your extroverted friends.
We Jump Into Leadership Roles
Extroverts have a knack for leadership and getting things done. We're big doers and often see the big pictures so we have the tendency to jump into leadership roles. You'll likely see an extrovert stepping up to lead a group project.
Being Alone Zaps Our Energy
Like I said earlier, being alone makes me really anxious. This is caused by other reasons than just being an extrovert, but for many extroverts being alone actually drains energy. If you're an extrovert and feel more tired and lethargic when you're by yourself, that could be why.
But Being In Groups Energizes Us
Extroverts feed off of others for energy. Hanging out with friends or simply being around another person gives extroverts a boost. Being in the company of others literally is like a jolt of caffeine.
We Crave Social Settings
Because extroverts get energy from people, we crave social settings. We like parties and group outings. The more people, the better because that means more energy for us.
We Like To Take Charge
While extroverts are fans of spontaneity and can easily adapt to the "go with the flow" attitude, because of our natural leader-attitude, we like to take charge. If we're planning something, we really plan it. That's why an extrovert is the perfect person to plan your birthday party or that spring break trip.
We Love To Talk
Extroverts can talk to a brick wall. I talk to everyone. Sorry to the cashier at my grocery store who does not want to know my life story but has to listen to me talk anyway. If I'm not talking to someone in person, I'm on the phone or texting. We just have a lot of words to use.
Sometimes Our Energy Can Be Overwhelming
Extroverts can be excessively excited and friendly. Sometimes this is intimidating. We have powerful personalities that can sometimes rub people the wrong way or come off as fake. Trust me, we don't mean to be that way. We're just excited to be around you!
Are you an extrovert? Do you have these qualities? Tell us in the comments!