According to this Fast Company article, introverts “prefer less stimulation and need to spend time alone to focus and develop their thoughts, extroverts’ brains require higher levels of external simulation and dopamine to function and thrive in group settings”.

Each personality type brings something different to the table. Where one is weak, the other is strong. The magic happens when people stop focusing on the disparities, and choose instead to appreciate each other’s innate skills and personality traits.

– Dr. Jeff Nalin, licensed clinical psychologist and cofounder and chief clinical officer at Paradigm Malibu Treatment Centers.

The article list the following six traits that each can learn from others:

  • Introverts can learn to make conversation like extroverts.
  • Extroverts can learn to listen like an introvert.
  • Introverts can learn to step outside their comfort zone.
  • Extroverts can learn to deepen conversations.
  • Introverts can learn to ask for help.
  • Extroverts can learn the benefits of quiet reflection.

In her Quiet Is a Superpower: The Secret Strengths of Introverts in the Workplace, author Jill Jhang, a self described “extreme introvert” writes:

  • “People have stereotypes of introverts being lone wolves, passive in contributing, even anti-social. But the fact is, introverts are oftentimes the ones who get things done without asking for credit, find solutions for their teammates, and are willing to do the work that nobody else wants to do or didn’t even pay attention to.
  • “I believe that everyone on the introvert/extrovert spectrum is trying to learn from the other side. I think that extroverts are most eager to channel introverts’ superpower of listening. Listening is an art, and you’ll find a whole new world by exploring that art.”

I don’t know, what to call to myself, but when I spend time alone, I tend to get more productive.

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