I had to think about this weeks topic for a while. Am I an introvert or an extrovert? I did the research, looked up the definitions, and still couldn't tell which one I was. I eventually came to the conclusion that I'm a bit of both!
Depending on the situation I can be either an introvert or an extrovert. On the internet and in the blogging world I can only be categorised as an introvert. I don't really talk to that many people in the blogging community. If I tweet a fellow blogger I always feel uncomfortable and like I'm bothering them. I even have trouble replying to comments on this very blog because I'm afraid I'm going to say the wrong thing. I think this is mainly why I haven't really made many friends in the community. It's hard to make friends when even replying to someone on my blog or twitter feels way out of my comfort zone.
This is pretty much how I feel when I click reply.
In real life, it's a totally different story. I can be both an introvert and an extrovert depending on the situation and my mood. Like a lot of readers, spending a Friday night in reading with a cup of hot chocolate sounds like heaven! But so does getting all dressed up for a night out on the town! I love going out with my friends for a night out for a few drinks, whether that means just going to the pub or going on a wild night out and hitting a few really great nightclubs. One of my favourite things about going out is meeting new people. I'll frequently lose my friends in a nightclub, make new friends for the night and then find my friends later. Talking to complete strangers isn't a problem for me.
I love trying new things and I'm always the one trying to talk my friends into some wild adventure. Sometime in the future I'll have to tell you all about how I talked my friends into going into an illegal after-hours rave in a shuttered Chinese restaurant. Not even close to the wildest thing I've talked my friends into but one of the funniest nights ever! In my group of friends I'm the most likely to talk everyone into going on a last minute trip to Paris or something similar. (I'm currently working on the Paris thing.)
However when I'm a group of people I can be quiet a lot of the time. Not when I'm with my friends, but when I'm in a group of relative strangers (like for a group project that's given at the start of the year i.e. the worst). I find it a lot easier to let other people talk then. But if no-one else is willing to step up then I'm always the one who will do all the talking to get everyone comfortable with each other.
I also don't mind my own company, in fact I love being alone with my thoughts. I have no problem with staying in for the whole weekend with just my Mam in the house for company. I wouldn't do it every weekend, but the odd weekend with just myself is great!
I think in the end, I'm somewhere in between the whole introvert-extrovert thing, which side of me I show just depends on the situation!
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Let me know in the comments below!