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Introvert or extrovert? Learn from your opposite

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Do you prosper when you have people around you with whom you can share every spontaneous idea? Or do you recharge your batteries in silence and solitude? Whether you feel more like an introvert or an extrovert, it might be interesting to try and switch 'sides'. 

If you get stuck inside your own introverted or extroverted tendencies, try borrowing the behavior of the opposite pole. Do you lean towards introversion? Then be carefree and launch a plan that has no detail but only a vague outline. Then ask others how they would complete your ideas. Are you an extrovert? Keep a plan a little longer to yourself for a change; you'll be surprised how many ideas will emerge from your inner depths.

In a social context, a person with introverted tendencies can learn from an extrovert to be a little more light-hearted and noncommittal about (making) contacts. This will make social gatherings feel like less of a burden. An extrovert can be stimulated by the example of an introvert and try for some more depth in social contacts. Don't let your eyes wander around the room looking for new stimulations, but stay with the conversation a bit longer. You may discover a gem that otherwise would have remained hidden to you. 

Text: Astrid Maria Boshuisen