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Introvert: to turn inward or in upon itself
Extrovert: a friendly person who likes being with and talking to other people; an outgoing person
Typically, I think of myself as pretty extroverted. I thrive on being around others and love to just have a good conversation. While I definitely like to be around people, I much prefer small groups or even just spending time with one person. Take for example the church retreat I went to last week; after the week was over, I felt completely drained and did not feel like hanging out in big groups anymore! While everyone else was hanging out, playing games, and avoiding sleeping, I spent my last few days in Houston lazing around at Starbucks with my friend Lexie. It's not that I didn't love the rest of my friends who were staying in Houston, I just didn't have the energy to be in a large group of people! There must be different kinds of extroverts. I love being around people, but I only like big groups in moderation. Also, sometimes, you just need to be alone. There is something to be said for getting a breather from people in general.
Alone time can be very valuable. It is a time to replenish, to get your thoughts straight, and to simply realize that you don't have to be entertained 24/7. I feel like when I read the description above, introverts are cast in a negative light and extroverts in a positive light. It may not be true of you, but I have often thought that introverts weren't as nice as extroverts.... I no longer think that is true! Being introverted has nothing to do with being nice or not. It simply reflects whether you thrive on solitude or on big crowds.
So what are you: introvert or extrovert? A little bit of both?