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Extroverts and Introverts – Do you know the difference?

As a “twice-exceptional” adult with ADHD and giftedness, I find myself constantly having to defend my actions, mannerisms, and quirks. WE ARE NOT ALL THE SAME, PEOPLE! Even “normal” people can be classified into two types; the introvert and the extrovert.

Look below to determine your type and also where your loved ones fit in. Understanding where your/their behavior and actions stem from, can allow you to change your reactions. Most people will see themselves in both categories, but the easiest way to figure out your type is to ask yourself if you are energized or drained when around other people. If you or someone you know is an introvert, keep in mind that introverts need a little extra care and understanding. -Stacey


Get energy from interaction

Feel energized by people

Have a single-layered personality (same in public and private)

Are open and trusting

Think out loud

Like being the center of attention

Learn by doing

Are comfortable in new situations

Make lots of friends easily

Are distractible

Are impulsive

Are risk-takers


Get energy from inside themselves

Feel drained by people

Have a persona and an inner-self

Need privacy

Mentally rehearse before speaking

Hate being the center of attention

Learn by observing

Are comfortable with changes

Are loyal to a few close friends

Are capable of intense concentration

Are reflective

Fear humiliation; quiet in large groups

How to care for introverts

Respect their need for privacy

Let them observe first in new situations

Don’t interrupt them

Give them 15 minute warnings of changes

Teach them new skills in private

Do not push them to make lots of friends

Never embarrass them in public

Give them time to think. Don’t demand answers.

Give them advanced notice of changes in their lives

Reprimand them privately

Enable them to find one best friend

Respect their introversion. Don’t try to remake them into extroverts.

Source – Counseling the Gifted & Talented, 1993, pg. 69, Love Publishing, Linda Silverman

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