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Differences between introversion and extroversion are based on people’s preference for environments that are either calm or exciting and also on whether they have a preference for deliberation vs. action.
Given the choice, introverts devote their social energy to a small group of people they care about most, preferring a glass of wine with a close friend to a party full of strangers. They may think a bit longer before they speak, have a more deliberate approach to risk, and enjoy solitude. They feel energized when focusing deeply on a subject or activity that really interests them. When they’re in overly stimulating environments (too loud, too crowded, etc.) they tend to feel drained afterwards, even if they have enjoyed themselves at the time.
Common misconceptions: Being an introvert doesn’t mean that you are shy, very quiet or anti-social either. Being an extrovert doesn’t necessarily mean you’re a people person!