I used to think there were two types of people in the world: introverts and extroverts.
Extroverts will chat to anyone – they’ll have a sober DMC with a cab driver, become best friends with the waitress serving them and make a dozen friends when they go on holiday.
Introverts, on the other hand, enjoy spending time with their friends but can feel stressed at the prospect of meeting new people. Or, they simply prefer their own company to that of 30 strangers at a party.
But people don’t always fall into these two categories. It seems that extrovertedness, like most things, has a spectrum.
You can appear to be an extrovert, but have many of the qualities of an introvert. If that applies to you, then you might be what is called an extroverted introvert
Not sure if that’s you? Here are 8 signs that you may be an extroverted introvert: you…
- Love silent Uber rides. Sure, you’ll ask them how their day is going, but you’re filled with joy when he doesn’t reply and you sit in silence.
- Get ready for nights out on your own. If you know that you’ll be chatting away and meeting new people tonight, you’ll opt for getting ready in your own room instead of in your flatmates. It helps to recharge your batteries before a big night.
- Go to the loo a lot on nights out. You may be the life of the party/Infernos, but after about 45 minutes you need a little bit of Me Time, so you’ll pop to the loo on your own and practice mindfulness/scroll on Insta (whatever floats your boat).
- Can’t wait for a date to be over. En route to meeting your Hinge Charming, you’ll be counting down the hours until you can go home and watch Shrek 2 in your PJs.
- Make friends with pets. At a house party, you’ll be the one on the kitchen floor playing with the host’s new kitten.
- Can only dance to cheesy music. You need an atmosphere where everyone is jumping, dancing like weirdos and screaming the lyrics to Mr Brightside. Your worst nightmare is clubs with cool music, where you have to sway your hips (à la Britney in 2002) and pretend to know the song.
- Get a thrill from cancelled plans. As much as you love going out, you get a small thrill when someone cancels so last minute that there isn’t time to make new plans, so you instead have a bath and light your favourite Jo Malone candle.8. Were a shy child. You were probably a proper introvert as a child who preferred books to most people and, as you’ve grown older, you have come out of your shell. So now, even though you love going out and meeting people, that bookish child who loves her own company is still there.