Tres Adames, MDiv, BCPC
Two Main Personality Types
Introverts and Extroverts are two major personality types originally devised by Carl Jung. What is the difference between these personalities? While introverts are known for being quiet and extroverts are known for being outgoing, there's a lot more to it than just these observations. Introversion and extroversion refers to how you interact with your internal and external world.
One of the best things you can do to take care of your introverted partner or friend is to understand that they are wired differently. Don't moralize their personality differences. They aren't wrong, just different—and so are you! Many times, introverts and extroverts are strangely attracted to one another and often become close friends, or even lovers. God made us all unique, which is a good thing. We all have our natural strengths, weaknesses, and quirks.
"For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us." —Romans 12:4-6
What if I feel like both?
Here's the thing—Carl Jung said that no one is 100% an introvert or 100% an extrovert. In fact, there is another category called an ambivert—someone who is equally introverted and extroverted. Think of the whole thing more like a scale. In reality, we ALL have our introverted and extroverted moments. Your personality really centers on which side you tend to gravitate toward the most.
What if I don't know which personality type I am?
If you have never taken a personality test before, consider taking one so you can learn more about yourself. The Christian DISC® Assessment can measure whether you are an introvert or extrovert, and assesses several other personality distinctives as well.
If you know whether you are an introvert or extrovert, mention it in the comments below. How did you find out whether you were introverted or extroverted?