With different communication styles this can cause several challenges when these two personality types have to work together. Without this proper understanding, extroverts can feel that introverts are antisocial, while introverts see extroverts as overbearing.
Yet despite their differences, introverts and extroverts can work together effectively, learning skills from each other.
Here are four lessons introverts and extroverts can learn from each other.
For introverts, socialising and making conversation doesn’t come naturally. Some may even avoid group settings for fear of being uncomfortable. By observing how extroverts engage in small talk, introverted individuals can improve their conversation skills and their confidence in group settings.
Introverts tend to be strong listeners. They tend to speak less in conversations, focusing on what the other person is saying instead of their own response. Extroverts, on the other hand, are often so busy engaging with others that they fail to listen well to others. By learning to take a step back, pausing before they speak, allowing others to speak, and thinking about what others are saying before expressing their own thoughts, extroverts can allow themselves to gain great insights into people.
Extroverted people usually have a sizeable support network that they reach out to when they need help. This comes from their ability to ask for help. Extroverts enjoy brainstorming in large groups where they can vocalise their ideas, inviting others to help them work through the idea, while introverts prefer quiet reflection and idea development in the privacy of their own surroundings. Introverts can learn how to ask others’ opinions and build their professional network.
Introverts tend to prioritise time to recharge their batteries. They may set aside time in the early mornings or evening hours to allow for quiet reflection or mindful meditation. Extroverts, on the other hand, may neglect self-care and forget the importance of mindfulness. Learning to set aside some time for mindful meditation can provide a host of mental and physical health benefits, allowing extroverts to perform even better.