Back in the day, I took the Myers-Briggs Personality Assessment, and got the result that I was 100% introverted. Twice.
A year later, I found that I was now ambiverted (or 50/50 introvert/extrovert, for those not familiar with the term), and now I’m solidly extroverted.
Having been an introvert, I see the world differently than other extroverts I know, and here are some things about the world that I just “get”:
1. Empathy—introverts are very much able to pick up other people’s emotions and feel them, in a way.
As an extrovert, you haven’t lost this ability, so are still in tune with the emotions people around you experience.
2. The power of being a wallflower—You don’t need to necessarily talk to people to get energy.
You find yourself going to coffee shops to simply sit in the corner and read just to be around a group of people.
You don’t have to be noticed, you just need to be present to get your rejuvenation.
3. You still know how to get energy from being alone—It’s been said that even the most extroverted need time alone.
I’ve seen my fair share of life-long extroverts struggle to find this balance, but since we used to depend on our alone time, we understand.
We know how to make the most of our moments alone in order to make the moments with others more meaningful.
4. You understand people—sort of like empathy, you’re good at more than reading emotions—you can read people like books.
You catch little flicks of their face or hints of annoyance in their words.
You figure people out before you even talk to them, and that helps you approach them and figure out who to be around, among a wide variety of other things.
5. You think deeply, and feel fully. Since introverts are caught in their own heads, you find yourself there often, even if you’ve become fully extroverted.
Even though you may be an extrovert, your inner thoughts and emotions are still valuable to you, and you embrace them for what they are.