The traits of extraversion or extroversion and introversion are a central dimension in some human personality theories. The terms introversion and extraversion were popularized by Carl Jung ,  although both the popular understanding and psychological usage differ from his original intent. Extraversion tends to be manifested in outgoing, talkative, energetic behavior, whereas introversion is manifested in more reserved and solitary behavior. Extraversion and introversion are typically viewed as a single continuum , so to be high in one necessitates being low in the other.
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Most of us think being introverted or extroverted is as simple as falling into one of two boxes: Would you rather stay at home on a Friday night in your pajamas or go out to the bars with a big group of friends? Would you rather be the center of attention or stay as far away from the spotlight as you can? But the truth is, your personality is not that black and white.
There are people who score at the extremes, like very heavy people, or very tall people, or people who score very high on the trait of extroversion—but most people fall in the middle of these bell-shaped curves. And just how extroverted or introverted we are can influence everything from our social views, to our relationships, to our careers.
Being more of an introverted person means you thrive on spending time with your own thoughts and ideas. Will I be accepted? In fact, on top of still having great relationships, introverts can also be extremely successful in their careers. The only difference is, they tend to gravitate more toward roles that have an element of solitude, such as accounting, engineering, writing, or long-haul truck driving.
Being more of an extroverted person means you thrive on the energy of the people and things around you. Plus, our society tends to be more geared toward the acceptance of extroverts. All these things make that easier. This is part of the reason extroverts can more often be found in leadership roles, or in people-centric careers like sales, marketing, or public relations.
Most of us will fall somewhere in the middle of the two extremes. What we can say is that people do show differences with respect to where they are placed on the continuum.
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