Social Commentary

The Holidays: Introverts vs. Extroverts

Hello fellow adventurers,

I hope you’ve all had great holidays so far filled with the people and things that you love. While spending the holidays with my extended family I realized that holiday parties are a great way to distinguish who’s introverted versus who’s extroverted.

Let’s start at the beginning of the party:

The Entrance. A pivotal moment in evaluating who’s what. When an extrovert walks in a grand gesture may be made. For example, they may open their arms wide and make an exclamation. For an introvert, this situation is quite different. When they walk in, their arms will rest at their sides and their greetings will be focused more on individuals rather than a group. No grand gestures will be made.

Introductions. When meeting new people introductions can be awkward especially when you’re an introvert. When introverts meet new people, they shift their weight from one foot to another and tend to keep their eyes on the person they know. On the other hand, extroverts have no problem shaking hands maybe even offering a hug to the stranger. In party settings, these people won’t usually need a third person to begin the introductions. They’ll walk right up by themselves.

Helping. So much more goes into determining how someone might act in this situation besides being an introvert or an extrovert. How familiar are they with the people in the room or who need the help? How many people are around? Generally though, extroverts will assert themselves into a situation more often than a typical introvert. For example, if someone is washing dishes they will go straight to that person and ask them if they need or not. Introverts may spend more time thinking and analyzing the situation before doing so. They may also discuss going up to help with someone they are close to in an attempt to avoid a scene. Either way, both want to help they just have different ways of going about it.

Getting Food. Most holiday parties include a meal of some sort. Extroverts will have no problem going right up and getting a plate of food while introverts may stand off to the side waiting for the right moment.

What have been your experiences? How else do extroverts and introverts differ? Let me know!

Until next time,

~K.D.

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