Are you an extrovert or an introvert? Both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages. The truth of the matter is, today it’s best to be a well-balanced combination of both, introverted and extroverted, for the greatest chances of a successful and fulfilling life.
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the extrovert.
Advantages of Being An Extrovert
- Quicker to advance.
In both the professional and personal realms, the extrovert seems to make quicker advancements. They get noticed at work and move up the ladder with ease. In relationships, they actively seek a partner and stand out in a crowd, making them easy to find and pursue.
2. Socially active.
The extrovert usually has a pretty active social life and stays busy. Idle time gives way to boredom, which is something the extrovert detests. Keeping up with the latest trends, the influential people, etc., seems to be easy as pie.
3. Easily handles crowds.
Because they are so good with people, crowds are a natural home for them. They move fluidly through the sea of people, learning everything they can, engaging with everyone they see.
4. Great at networking.
It should be easy to understand, given their love of people and social interaction, how well the extrovert does with networking. Because they’ve got quite the repertoire of people in their database, they always know someone who does just the thing they need at the time.
Need an attorney? The extrovert probably knows several. Need a good referral for a pediatrician? Again, they’ve got just what the doctor ordered. And if they don’t personally know them, they know someone who does know them.
Disadvantages of Being an Extrovert
- Needs positive reinforcement.
People feed them. More so, they feed off people. If they are getting positive reinforcement, they are happy to be the life of the party. If not, they feel they have fallen short somehow often getting depressed and overly critical of self.
2. Pressure to always perform.
The extrovert feels a certain amount of responsibility to perform to higher expectations, especially in social situations. On one hand the pressure feeds their own desires, but if they don’t meet their goals, it’s simply devastating.
3. Highly competitive.
With regard to being in the presence of other extroverts, they are always fighting to be the biggest and best, the most notable and noticed.
4. They act before they think.
It’s common with an extrovert to act on instinct instead of processing potential outcomes and weighing options. Consequences are the least of their concerns in the heat of the moment. This doesn’t always work out in their favor.
5. Come off as annoying.
Quite often, encountering a true extrovert isn’t always pleasant. They tend to come off as annoying, attention-seeking and as if they lack self-awareness. It doesn’t bode well for future meetings as the first impression is already set.
A balanced combination of both personality types (being a mixture of an introvert and an extrovert) would make for the perfect, unstoppable person in both a personal and professional atmosphere.
The ability to work well independently and woo the corporate crowd without the incessant need for positive reinforcement and still have great networking skills is an incredible recipe for total domination on all fields!