The Downside of Extroversion

It is common belief that extroverts are friendly and outgoing persons. While there may be some truth to this belief, the true meaning of extroversion does not encapsulate these two characteristics alone.

Actually, an extrovert is a person who gets energy from the people around him or her. In contrast with this personality type is the introvert, who is energized by being alone. They feel drained when they are around too many people.

In truth, our society is more welcoming towards extroverts compared to introverts because extroverts exude a more positive aura unlike introverts who are perceived as the quiet ones who often like to keep to themselves.

In spite of this, though, being an extrovert also has its downsides, particularly where their personality type is concerned. Among the disadvantages of being an extrovert are:

  • other people’s perception that they are shallow due to the way in which they carry themselves, for the purpose of attracting attention.
  • the notion that they are too intrusive as they crave too much attention and cannot stand to be alone.
  • their susceptibility to being self-centered individuals.
  • their short attention span and their inability to focus without external intervention to stimulate themselves.
  • their sense of dependency, or too much dependency on the people around them.

Extroverts enjoy a good many things in the same way that introverts also have a wide variety of interests.

The two may be as different as night and day, but the issue on which personality type is better is not something that can be given a verdict because both personality types have their own pros and cons. It is up to us, as individuals, to make the most of what we are, whether we are introverts or extroverts.