What Makes You an Introvert?

Alexander Lyadov
2 min readJun 14, 2024

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Taking a test, I discovered a new perspective on extroverts and introverts. Typically, people think extroverts crave company while introverts long for solitude.

But why? Personality theorists say the difference lies in how we handle stimulation.

Introverts are more sensitive to external stimuli. Their sensors react to even the slightest signals. Simply put, they don’t need to stick their heads in the pot to know what’s cooking.

That’s why introverts prefer small groups or one-on-one conversations. Their ideal is independent, analytical work that demands intense brainpower.

Extroverts are less sensitive to external stimuli. So, they seek more of it. They thrive in large gatherings. They are sociable and quick to assert themselves. In other words, introverts don’t need to do dozens of interviews, sit through long meetings, or stay at parties until dawn. A few minutes of conversation, and they’ve got the gist.

Having gathered the data, introverts dive into analysis and synthesis. This is their strength and, of course, their weakness. They risk losing touch with reality, getting caught up in drawing intricate plans.

Changing oneself is hard, though a little fine-tuning is possible. That’s why businesses thrive when partners are an extrovert and an introvert.

However, an alliance of opposites doesn’t form by itself. It demands constant and significant effort from both sides.

Why? The other’s difference can be frightening, irritating, and provoke conflict.

Only a mature person values the creative union of yin and yang.

Sincerely yours,

-Alexander

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Alexander Lyadov

As a business therapist, I help tech founders increase the value of their business by unlocking the potential of their personality.