Extroverts Part 5

Today, we will finish up with this weeks blog series on being an Extrovert.

What is an extrovert?

As we discussed earlier this week, extroverts get energy from being around other people.  They tend to be more of an "open book", and are usually outgoing individuals.  Being alone or in solitary activities tends to deplete their energy, because they gain energy from spending time with people.  Often times, you will hear someone who is extroverted say they dislike being alone.  They feel most fulfilled in their lives when they are surrounded by people-- crowds of people tend to stimulate them.

So, how does an extrovert develop good self-care?

Since extroverts feel most connected in groups of people, they need to be around others to express their thoughts and ideas.  Extroverts tend to enjoy self-care activities such as exercising in groups of people, like spin classes, dance classes and exercise with other people where they can gain energy from others.  Extroverts typically need to have things planned in their lives and their social calendars tend to get full quickly, because they love being engaged with others and feeling as though they are experiencing the world around them.  Classes, such as cooking classes, book clubs, group discussions, bible studies, philanthropic organizations and social clubs are all ways the extrovert might experience self-care. Extroverts are usually social planners and are the first to plan a party and invite people to join in activities they plan.

 The danger in being extroverted is that often times, an extrovert might over-extend themselves physically and emotionally, or fail to look at their physical limitations, such as fatigue or illness.  They gain so much positive energy from being engaged with others,and have so much passion about new experiences and new encounters, they need to pay special importance to when their body is telling them to retreat and rest.

Do you recognize yourself as an extrovert?  How do you ensure you are taking care of yourself?

Joleen Watson, MS, LMFTA NCC, is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She enjoys doing marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling.  Imagine Hope also specializes in family, child and adolescent counseling and serves Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield, and Fishers.