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Introverts – redressing the balance

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In my opinion, introvert and extrovert, following the line of Yung's psychological types are processes .... The introvert has its energy turned inward and the extroverted outward. It can be said that the introverted type would be that person who needs to turn to his inner world and explore it, because his references are there.
While the extrovert type experiences in its external world the referential elements that it needs.
This does not mean that the introvert is shy and the extrovert is communicative. Within this perspective, I believe that I have a tendency towards the introverted process.

In my opinion I am somewhere in the middle of this scale. I think that a lot of people are in the same position. It's impossible to be only extrovert or introvert.
But it is very important to understand your weakest points and make all which possible to improve them or to use them when they are mostly needed. I mean that sometimes it is vitally important to act as introvert. You have to clearly understand it. Especially when you need to contemplate and not to make a bad decision. Sometimes you have to tell your extrovert part: "Act. Be the leader!" and sometimes you have to tell: "Be quite. Don't interrupt my introvert part!". In my opinion it is a big part of emotional intelligence to clearly understand it. Without it is impossible to act and make right decisions. Don't try always to be an extrovert!

I think I'm more introvert, I prefer to stay at home, rarely I go outside with friends and when I do it I go only with close friends, I'm really bad at making friends because I don't talk to people if they don't talk to me first, also I don't like to express my feelings I'm not a person who often say to his friends or family that I love them or something I just assume that they know, high key I don't like to be in the spotlight so I hate speaking in front of public, I'm capable of doing it and I think that most of the time I do it well, however, I still hate it

I have completed the following lessons of A job interview, Introverts – redressing the balance, and Innovation in business. The level that I chose was Advance C1 Listening.

Definetly, I have always been an introvert which caused me problems at school and at work but mainly at school when I had to share with others,
I always liked and did better studying on my own, I used to get high grades!!!!
Years later, as an adult, I learned to overcome shyness and could grow a lot. Now I feel great since I found balance in my life.

As the correct mentioned information above, I am sort of an introvert. I tend to like solitude more than staying in groups. At first I have also liked to join in groups as many researches said that it was best when working in groups, but it's been hard to 'get on the same page' with other people because of many reasons like prejudices, engagements, aims...etc; then I have liked to work on my own. Not only at work but also at normal lives, I don't tend to engage in joking, gossip talks because I feel they are very predictable around the basics like money, girls, kids or so on that make me be fed up with. Solo contemplation is a normal image when someone thinks of me.
Now, I ought to learn adjusting myself to be more sociable and outgoing when I need to because either works need or the society I am living in. My society doesn't have got nearly any kind of researches as ones in this task, or the quality of them are very bad, so most of the extroverts are still judged more positively. Besides, I also think working in a manageable group where everyone connects and helps each other somehow will better than alone all the time.
--- I really like the way your society works when everything is researched under the scrutiny before implementing to reality, that is much better than ours ---

I'm more of an introvert and I like being an introvert.

I am rather introvert and it is a problem for me. I think that sure enough in the society extravert people are best considered and succeed. But there is always exceptions!
I think that at school it is important to help shy child to developpe social relations but also let him in his personal space which he needs. When I was a student I think that theater course should help me to be more confident .
Thanks Marie

An excellent article. Well done.