I'm an ENFP. That's my Myers-Briggs personality type. It stands for "Extroversion, I[n]tuition, Feeling, and Perception." If you want, you can read a little more about that type here, here, and here. (HEY! Does listing three sites where you can learn about my extremely extroverted type confirm that I'm extroverted or simply narcissistic? Hmmmm. Moving on, then.)
Now...lately I've been seeing this image all over Pinterest. It makes some very good points about successfully "caring for" introverts. I wondered if there was an equally helpful and succinct set of hints for caring for the extroverts around us. That's when I came across this really cool blog entry on the subject at DailyHuff.com. (Their points are bulleted below. My thoughts are in italics.)
And this is what it said:
- Respect their need to share, to ‘talk it out.’ They get their energy from other people.
- Just as with introverts, never embarrass them in public. If you do embarrass them in public, go along as much as is reasonable if they play it off like a joke.
- Don’t be surprised if they dive into a new situation headfirst. Don’t freak out either if they flounder a little. They’ll find their way.
- Extroverts blurt. It’s the nature of the beast. Most try to leaven it with charm, but try to be patient when they don't.
- Expect interruptions that may seem rude, to some. Most of the time, they mean well.
- Build surprise into your lives together. Most extroverts love the thrill of not knowing what’s up - as long as it’s positive.
- Be prepared for what looks like ADD. The organically outgoing among us feed off the environment around them. They are often the best multi-taskers around, so understand that they are often paying much more attention to you than you think they are.
- A flashover temper goes with the extroverted personality. The bad thing is it can look like a much more severe storm than it is. The good thing is it’s over quickly.
- Many extroverts live for the intuitive leap. They reach for it. If teaching an extrovert something new, have patience with them jumping ahead of you.
- They will always have lots of friends. But most extroverts have a core of best friends, and their loyalty can be fierce and aggressive if they feel the need to defend those friends. As with so many aspects of the extroverted personality, you may have to be patient with this.
- They love compliments, but can usually see right through insincere flattery. Well-timed encouragement, though, can help an extrovert soar.
- Sometimes, it’s okay to just go along with the “show.” Consider it free entertainment.
- Respect their extroversion. Don’t try to pin them to your board or cage them. And do them a favor, if you are not yourself outgoing, extroverted - gently but persistently remind them to read something like this [the "How to Care for Introverts" image] as often as possible. They probably will need the reminders.
So I'm getting bored with this now. See how that works? There's no one around, no new stimulation to write about, no one's energy to help get mine going. Sighhhh. Okay, one last thing. If you don't know your MB type, but you'd like to, you can take the test here. I highly recommend it. Peace out.