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Carl Jung on introverts and extraverts

Carl Jung on introverts and extraverts

Carl Gustav Jung coined the terms introversion and extraversion in the 1920s. According to Jung:

  • An extravert wants intensive contact with the outside world.
  • An introvert turns the psychic energy inwards.

Yet no one is 100% extraert or introvert. Most people tend to one or the other side.However, iff both characteristics are equally present, they have an ambivert personality. 



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Hans Eysenck's ideas

In the 1960s, Hans Eysenck added to Jung's ideas. He thought the main difference between introverts and extraverts lies in how they recharge their mental energy. 

  • Introverted people have a higher level of brain activity and need to protect themselves from too much external stimuli. They gain mental energy by withdrawing themselves.
  • The extravert has less neuronal activity. They overcome this lack by exposing themselves to external stimulation, which charges their inner batteries.


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Introverts are not shy

Introverts are not shy

Introverts may walk away from small talk to recharge, but that doesn't mean that they are shy.

They may not be afraid to talk to anyone, but when too many people are around and the conversation becomes superficial, they get tired. One strategy is to withdraw and recharge through silence.


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Extraverts and introverts use different brain areas

Extraverts and introverts use different brain areas

Some experts state that extraverts and introverts use different brain areas to form their ideas. An extravert relies on short term memory and can come to fast associations and ideas. But they often speak before they think.

An introvert retrieves information from long-term memory. Their thoughts are more complex and need time to develop. That is why they think first before they speak.


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Developing the strengths of extraverts and introverts

Good teachers are aware of the differences between extraverts and introverts and try to develop their strengths.

They help extraverts to learn to formalise their thoughts before they speak and introverts to get more talking time to practice their public speaking.

Group projects can support both temperaments. Extraverts can learn how to develop more complex thoughts while introverts can learn to think and speak more flexibly.


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