Originally Posted by Ariakas
While I don't disagree that really simplifies it. I know introverts, who are introspective but when the time is right talk your ear off.
My wife is an extrovert...(actually she is an enigma) but she is very introspective...go figure, at the beginning of our adventure I would have thought I was going to be the introspective quiet one
Good point.....let's look at it through the Myers-Briggs perspective. People are either sensory oriented or introspective in the way they percieve the world around them. Sensory oriented people tend to gather data through the senses. An extremely sensory oriented person (like my Mother) will focus and talk only about things she can pick up by seeing it, hearing it, smelling it, touching it, tasting it etc.
An introspective person will be intuitive and will focus on all sorts of things in other realms like emotional, spiritual- and they are conceptual.
So- an introspective person can be an introvert or an extrovert. A sensory oriented person can also be an introvert or an extrovert.
The introvert needs time alone to re-charge their batteries. An extrovert needs time with others to re-charge their batteries.
Also- as I said before....if an extreme introvert has a conflict....they will usually need to work it out within and feel that they have a resolution before sharing it.
An extrovert needs to talk it out as they are figuring it out. If you listen, they will probably change their minds several times (which can be confusing to the introvert who doesn't speek unless it's resolved) but it's all in an effort to try different ideas until a solution is reached.
Also- it's not black and white. If a person is in the middle, then they will act as an extrovert at times and an introvert at other times.
My point was just that it might not be as much of a gender thing as it is a temperament thing.