There are introverts and extroverts.
Introverts can be dynamic public speakers. They can dance and sing and electrify a crowd. They can write powerful prose and poetry. Introverts can be great one on one and great with large groups.
Extroverts can be dynamic public speakers. They can dance and sing and electrify a crowd. They can write powerful prose and poetry. Extroverts can be great one on one and great with large groups.
A big difference between introverts and extroverts is what energizes them. Oversimplified . . . Introverts are energized by solitude. Extroverts are energized by the crowd.
Staying physically distant from one another during the pandemic has been difficult for extroverts as they have not had that rush of crowd energy. Introverts, on the other hand, have not had to expend the energy necessary to endure a crowd.
It’s not that simple — and both introverts and extroverts have been able to find solitude during the pandemic. And introverts and extroverts have missed gathering with others. Because there are times where an introvert can be energized by a crowd. There are times when an extrovert can be energized by the solitude.
Personality and psychology are not easy to figure out. Folks don’t tend to fit into exact personality descriptions. People are not that simple.
Sometimes the crowd can suck the energy out of you. And sometimes solitude can do the same.
Kirk Moore is the pastor of St. Paul's UCC in Downers Grove IL. He's a member of the Mental Health Network Board and is also a therapeutic musician, playing music at the bedside for patients - to help bring about the relaxation response to help healing. Find out more at therapeuticmusic.org