Introvert vs. Extrovert Quick Survey

William Howatt Ph.D., Ed.D.
© 2020

There is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum.
– Carl G. Jung

The difference between an introvert and an extrovert really doesn’t have as much to do with whether we like to be with people as much as how we’re genetically wired and have learned to compensate so that we can recharge our brain.1 People with higher introvert traits have learned to recharge their brain and to process their world. They need time alone to do so and at these moments they lose energy being around people. Those with higher extrovert traits are the opposite; they lose energy being alone. The purpose of this quick survey is to help you evaluate where you fall on a continuum from highly introverted to highly extroverted. Most of us have some combination, such as 70 percent extrovert and 30 percent introvert; few have 100 percent of one or the other. Being aware of our preferences and the people around us can provide insight and empathy to understand differences. For example, why your partner wants personal space and time alone has nothing to do with whether they love you; it’s all to do with brain chemistry and their need for privacy. Most of us have a clear preference; however, those who are balanced and exhibit both extrovert and introvert traits are ambivert. They enjoy crowds but not for a long time; the same with being alone.

This tool is meant for educational purposes only – it is not a clinical assessment tool.


1 Cooper, B.