When it comes to self development, your own positive thinking and sense of fulfillment can have a hugely positive effect.
In order to possess these important personal traits, understanding yourself is the key. And to better understand yourself, one of the most important steps is to identify where you stand on the introvert vs extrovert personality scale.
An introvert is more inclined towards self-reflection and carefully analyzing situations within his/her own world.
As such, introverts would rather do things that do not necessarily require other people’s participation; like reading, fishing, hiking and those sort of things.
At the opposite end of the spectrum is the extrovert, who is generally energized by interactions with others and likes to participate in group activities.
If you are an introvert, some extrovert people may call you a loner, often say you are boring, and too quiet, or some other name describing your general preference of keeping to yourself.
If you are the opposite, you may have heard people calling you too talkative, active or people’s person. Whatever your personality, you must learn to embrace it and learn how to use it to excel in your area of interest. The first step is to know exactly which one best describes you.
Now, you should not think of this as a good vs bad kind of comparison.
There are advantages associated with either personality. For example- Introverts are generally more methodical and careful at handling tasks.
This is one clear difference with extroverts who can be quick to jump into something without carefully thinking it over.
But extroverts tend to share problems with others and accept help more readily than introverts who like to deal with their own issues. As a result, extroverts usually seem more relaxed and comfortable in the company of others.
So how does this help with your self development? Getting in touch with your personality helps you accept yourself.
You don’t have to feel bad about what or who you are. You don’t have to copy someone’s personality, either. Self acceptance has the effect of boosting your self esteem, confidence and ultimately your sense of fulfillment.
You will also be able to accept others around you. As you know, no man is an island; not even an introvert!
We all need someone at some point; and in those times, you must be able to understand that other person’s personality and accept it for the sake of good relationships.
But above everything, you can harness your personality strengths and apply them to realize your potential.
And in the same way, you will be able to confront your weaknesses and understand how you can relate better with others to make up for them.
You will soon recognize that there is no self improvement tool that is more powerful than understanding your personality in this way.
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