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8 Signs You Are Possibly An Outgoing Introvert

8 Signs You Are Possibly An Outgoing Introvert

Outgoing introverts are counter intuitive. They’re predictably unpredictable. They’re talkative and fun, yet deep thinkers who enjoy alone time. Check out these seven signs to see if you can relate as an outgoing introvert:

1. You like the “idea” of going on adventures

The keyword there is idea. You don’t actually want to go on them. You think you want to go out and try something new and crazy….. but then realize you’d rather stay home and lounge. For example, you made plans with friends for a road trip in a few weeks. While making the plans, the idea sounded amazing and you were pumped! As it got closer, though, you started to think “why did I decide to do this?!”

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As an outgoing introvert, you truly cherish your alone time (No, really. You get cranky if you don’t have enough). While you like the idea of boppin’ around town with friends all day, deep down you don’t understand how people can go, go, go without stopping!  

2. You probably date people who are reserved and quiet

You may find yourself in a relationship with someone who “lets you do the talking” most of the time (especially at social events). You share all of your crazy thoughts and ideas with this person, and want to know all of theirs too (although it probably takes a little prodding).  

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3. You don’t like awkward silence

Who does, anyway? But truly, the outgoing introvert will come up with some question or prompt to get the conversation going when a group falls silent. You don’t care if you sound silly or weird because you simply want everyone around you to be included and enjoy themselves. Though you’re engaged and talkative in these circumstances, you rarely share in depth, personal matters with people who aren’t super close to you.

4. You’re probably on a career path that’s for “outgoing people.”

Public speakers, actors, musicians, fitness instructors, coaches, and teachers are some of the professions outgoing introverts have. You enjoy communicating, being in control and leading groups. This is one of the reasons people often consider you an extrovert. In your social life, though, you’d much rather lounge at home by yourself or with a few friends.  

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5. You want to shut down, but it’s not easy to do so

Even though you want to decompress, relax, and let go; it’s hard for you to turn your mind off. You might find yourself analyzing a situation at work, contemplating your next big idea, or stressing about what needs to get done. You have to actively tell your mind to quiet itself.

6. You don’t like being stuck

You love being with friends and family who are fun and make you laugh. But, when you’re ready to leave, you need to be able to. Outgoing introverts don’t like to be stuck somewhere (even if it’s an awesome place to be) because you like to have the option of leaving whenever you want. Knowing that you aren’t relying on anyone else to get you or take you home from an event is comforting. You’re able to enjoy yourself much easier this way.

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7. You’re all in

When you connect with someone, you don’t take that for granted. You appreciate and value their relationship. You’re continually interested and let that person know through little gifts or frequent affirming words. You’ve probably said, “I love that we’ve met and now become such good friends!” or something along those lines.

8. You seek growth

As an outgoing introvert, you feel this innate pull to keep working on yourself. You try not to settle and are always looking for ways to improve yourself in your career, health, relationships or overall well-being. You probably seek out resources and aren’t afraid to make positive changes.

The coolest thing about outgoing introverts is their uniqueness. You’re not a one-size fits all type of personality.

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Last Updated on December 10, 2019

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

Journal writing.

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Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

Consider this:

Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

Kickstart Journaling

How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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