The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a tool commonly used to evaluate people, their personalities, and preferences. One of the metrics it measures is extrovert vs. introvert. Most of us equate extrovert as the loud, center of attention, obnoxious person in a group (which could also be defined as the dominant Clark gene). Most of us equate introvert as the reclusive, socially awkward, bookworm person who hates groups. While parts of those perceptions are supported, the better way to understand it is “where you get your energy.” Extroverts love groups and interactions with people; in fact, they need it to recharge their batteries. Introverts, however, feel drained by large groups and need time to themselves (or small, intimate groups of close friends) to recharge.
I took the Myers-Briggs last summer and tested fairly extroverted. However, the more I think about it, I think that I act extroverted at times because I have to. From church callings, professional situations, and family dynamics, I have to use a lot of extroverted skills just to survive. But I certainly have a lot of introverted leanings. Extroversion does wear me out.
I’m recognizing this more and seeking the solitude necessary to recharge my batteries on occasion. I find real satisfaction in being out on a hike, run, bike ride, drive, etc., by myself to think or just let my mind and social butterfly tendencies take some time off. The interesting dilemma I face is that because I have some good extroverted leanings as well, after a while, I wish I had friends or loved ones with me to enjoy what I’m doing. I guess I’m just one big dilemma.
Regardless, I took the opportunity to step away from people for an hour yesterday and went on a hike on the snowy mountains above the house. As much as I loved our last home and neighborhood, access to opportunities like this were not easily available. I really appreciate the ability to be out my door and five minutes (or less) later be at a trail access point where I can get away from humans.