10 Signs You’re an Outgoing Introvert

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You took a quiz and found out you’re an introvert. This was life-changing. Now you have a new way of understanding yourself and how you relate to the world. Some articles describe you with frightening accuracy: you like spending time alone, prefer calm environments, and think deeply. You’d rather text than call. Yet other articles don’t resonate with you at all. You don’t sit home alone every weekend watching Netflix in your pajamas. You have a lot of friends, and sometimes you like to party. You start to wonder… could I be an “extroverted introvert”? Wait, am I an introvert AT ALL?

You probably are an introvert — but you’re an outgoing introvert. Introversion and extroversion are not black and white. Think of the two personality traits as being on a spectrum:

  • Some people fall closer to the extreme ends, making them either very introverted or very extroverted.
  • Others are closer to the middle, which gives them qualities of both introversion and extroversion.

If you’re an outgoing introvert, it means you’re an introvert at heart, but sometimes you act extroverted because your personality is more middle-of-the-spectrum.

Are you an outgoing or “extroverted” introvert? If so, you’ll recognize yourself in these 10 signs.

10 Signs You Might Be an “Extroverted Introvert”

1. Your energy level is closely tied to your environment.

You’re sensitive to how your surroundings look, what kind of music is being played, how many people are present, and the volume level of the room. The ambiance of a bar or restaurant can either energize or drain you, depending on if the place fits your preferences. Likewise, a loud rock concert in a crowded stadium might be overwhelming but an up-close-and-personal acoustic set at your favorite local music club relaxes you.

2. You find people to be both intriguing and exhausting.

People watching? Yes. Meeting new people and hearing their life stories? Fascinating. Spending every weeknight hanging out with friends? Not a chance. As a social introvert, you enjoy people but you can only endure so much socializing before you need downtime. After a busy weekend or a long day at work, you feel the need to disappear and recharge by being alone or with just one other person (a best friend, a trusted roommate or your significant other).

3. Certain people and interactions drain you while others recharge you.

You have a few friends who you could hang out with for practically forever. It seems like you never run out of things to talk about. Being with them is easy. You actually feel better after spending time with them, not drained — and you might actually act more extroverted around them. Other people eventually tire or bore you and you need to get away. Being alone is better than settling for second-rate company.

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4. You can be charming but also deeply introspective and reflective.

You make small talk when it’s expected of you because you know it can lead to deeper, more authentic conversation. People feel comfortable around you, and you easily get others talking and opening up about themselves. When you’re out on a Saturday night, you make sure your friends have a good time. However, most people don’t realize how “in your head” you really are. Although you appear easy-going and chatty, inside, your mind is always going.

5. When you feel rested and recharged, you reach out to others.

You are often the one who gets all your friends together on the weekend. Or maybe you organize the weekly after-work happy hour or throw parties at your house. Playing the host is ideal for a social introvert — it allows you to see people on your own terms. You get to set the parameters, like what time the event starts, where it will happen, and who is invited. But when you feel drained, like a true introvert, you go silent and hibernate at home. This is when the Netflix + pajamas thing makes sense.

6. You need time to warm up in social situations…

…But once you feel comfortable with someone, you have no trouble chatting. Likewise, you won’t spill your entire life story to someone within the first half hour of meeting them, but you’ll reveal more personal details when trust is built up. The more someone gets to know you, the more your quirky personality (and your inner world, which is the part of you that feels most authentic) comes out.

7. It actually takes less energy to say what’s on your mind than to make small talk.

Introverts like talking about ideas or connecting authentically. This is true even for social introverts. Fake small talk bores you and drains your life force.

8. You’re selectively social.

It’s hard to find people who you click with, so you have only a few close friends. But you’re okay with that. You’d rather make your limited “people” energy count by investing it into relationships that are truly fulfilling.

9. You have no interest in trying to prove yourself in a crowd of strangers.

“Working the room” isn’t your thing. Nor do you feel the need to draw a lot of attention to yourself. You’re content hanging out at the edges of the party, talking to just one or two people.

10. You’re often confused for an extrovert.

Your friends and family don’t buy that you’re an introvert because you’re just so social. In fact, it may have taken a while for you to realize that you’re an introvert because you play the extrovert so well. Now you find yourself constantly having to explain your introversion and how you get your energy. But people still don’t get it.

Keep in mind there’s no wrong way to do introversion. It’s all about understanding your needs and honoring your own style — even when that means being the life of the party one night then binge watching Netflix alone the next night.

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  • Ryan says:

    Thank you so much for this article as it explains me to the T. I always knew deep down im an introvert but i always felt like the extrovert in me could take over in the right situation.

  • There needs to be one of these lists for shy extroverts.

  • Doe says:

    I am 53 and just discovered 2 years ago that I am an introvert. I have always tested as an extra vert and most people who know think I am. For years, I beat myself up for what I thought were bouts of depression, but were really just me needing alone time. I felt guilty not answering the phone. I have 5 kids, so alone time is rare. Then a friend posted an article called 21 Signs You Are an Introvert. I casually read it, only to discover that I had 19 of those signs. Booyah! I went back to the Personality tests and retook them with introversion in mind and, voila! I suddenly fit 2 profiles, instead of coming out ENFP, but feeling like I was an alien amongst super friendly natives, I felt more at home. A little snuggly and warm, but not quite cozy because I still couldn’t quite find that sweet spot on the couch. INFP or INFJ? After exhaustive research, I have come to the conclusion that my thinking process is more INFP, yet I behave a lot like an INFJ. I think I have developed my 3 year old Thinking process more than usual. Sometimes I am sure I am an INFP, then I read or listen to something that is supposed to be typical INFP, and I want to cry because it is soooo far removed from who I am. But thank you for the outgoing introvert support. It feels good.

  • kelz says:

    this is ME ON ALL LEVELS

  • ardysez says:

    The above 10 describes me almost to the letter. Amazing. It has helped so much since understanding that I’m an introvert…and now, an outgoing introvert. Now I don’t fight it, I can actually work with it to give myself a less frustrating approach to life. Thank you.

  • kddomingue says:

    Yep, that’s me. I like people. People are fascinating. I can talk to complete strangers for half of an hour or so. I like a party every now and then. I can enjoy certain large, crowded, noisy events…….as long as I’m not hemmed in (then the claustrophobic panic kicks in). Most people refuse to believe that I’m an introvert because I can talk with people so easily. Those that know me well, know that I go into my hermit mode when I’ve been around people too often or for too long. There are times when I could go an entire week (sometimes longer) without interacting with anyone besides my immediate family and be perfectly happy. I hate endless small talk that doesn’t lead to more interesting discussions….. I’d chew my own leg off to escape a party of that sort. And there are days that I’d just as soon smash my phone to smithereens rather than answer it. Yep, this article nailed it!

    • 1Cross3Nails4Given says:

      I am cracking up at your response! I am crying…laughing so hard!!! Thanks… I needed that today! Happy New Year… 1Cross3Nails4Given < {"chew my own leg off!"}

    • santiba says:

      Yupper…i’m an ambivert…
      I remember taking one of those tests on the job in 1995…& struggling to figure that out. I’m naturally introverted, but growing up as 2nd oldest in a family of 7 brothers (my only sister, born 11+ years later, is 2nd youngest), there was NEVER an opportunity for quiet time unless it was the dead of night.
      I tend to think that my extroversion came about as a means of survival…

  • Rachel says:

    Life-changing and such a gratifying explanation of the contradictory nature that is ‘me.’ 🙂 Thanks Jenn!

  • Ah, this is me! My day job requires a lot of interaction, as does my night time hobby of martial arts. While it is tiring, and while I ultimately prefer my own company, the common thread is that I’m able to bring out my nurturing side. My work and hobby both allow me to coach, counsel, and care for people, which is immensely fulfilling and not surprising since I’m an INFJ, which includes extraverted feeling and a sensitivity to the needs of others. Great post. It shows that we introverts (and extraverts) are much more complex than superficial labels.

  • M.Y. David says:

    Thank you for this delightful article.

    Having read it, I have discovered that I can relate to some of the items listed but not all – I suspect, therefore, that I am more of a “true” introvert, with little to no signs of extroversion.

    I could happily spend days alone (or with my wife who is the only other person on the planet whom I feel comfortable around for long periods) without the need to see others or to interact with anybody or anything. My mind is always “going”, always “on” and I am constantly analysing things in my every day life (in fact, I am an analyst by profession) to make sense of them.

    At work, I plug headphones in from the moment I arrive, and keep them in for the entire day, listening to the most random mix of music and podcasts to simply drown out the inane chatter that surrounds me, and I never make any phone calls (it’s either e-mail or nothing).

    I would much rather be alone than socialise after work – I can think of nothing worse – and as such I have opted not to attend this year’s Christmas party. The mere thought of having lunch with ~twenty other people whom I neither care for nor particularly like (the majority of whom are extroverts, I should also point out) utterly drains me. I have therefore opted to skip the party and instead will stay in the office, on my own, and actually do more work rather than join in with the celebrations.

    Instead, I find most situations as such to be fake in that the people in your office are only ever colleagues and often nothing more. I have never once seen nor heard from / communicated with anybody from work outside of work and it is for this reason that I find the whole charade of sitting for a meal together to make the most pointless small talk (“how are you?”, “did you have a nice weekend?”, “the weather is cold today”, etc.) to be nothing more than a farce.

    Conversely, I have a deep passion for writing and I am in fact a published author or multiple stories.

    I ALWAYS have a notepad and pen with me wherever I go so that I can make notes of interesting thoughts that come to me and I sleep with said notepad and pen beside me just in case I have a dream which I would like to make a note of because it contains a good idea. This is also how I come up with – and am able to remember – most of my ideas for stories.

    Give me an empty room (devoid of people) all to myself with a laptop / pen & paper and some headphones (it has to be headphones; I don’t like music that comes from one section of the room – it must be directly plugged into my head) and then leave me be with my thoughts to reflect and be creative – that it what makes me happiest.

  • Chane says:

    I can definitely relate to this article. At the right kind of party, I will blissfully drift from one vantage point to the next, soaking up the warmth and happiness of the group as if I were sunbathing. With the right kind of person, I will gladly spend the whole day “solving the world’s problems” in heart-to-heart conversation. But too much interaction, as good as it is, will leave me exhausted and out of whack. I need long periods of time alone, with my mouth shut, in order to rest and resettle.

  • Kathy says:

    Wow! I relate to so many of these responses !! Ditto .., I’ve always placed
    Myself in The extrovert box, if there was the either or.! I’ve passed my 40’s, now and felt maybe depression why o don’t choose to go out as much, meaningless talk, just to be out .., like New Year’s Eve . I’m comfortable understanding ..it’s Not DEPRESSION.

  • Ethros says:

    I can’t believe how well this describes me, especially number 4. Had no idea about the existence of ‘ambiverts’, I’ve been calling myself a ‘half-breed’ all this time. Every time I go out, I’m confused for an extrovert. If I take a girl home, she wonders why I go so quiet the next day and thinks she has done something wrong. I just like to go into my head & enjoy the quiet after a big night

  • Carolyn Braswell says:

    Yep. This. Thanks. Good stuff here. There’s people I need to share this with.

  • Diane Koreen says:

    Why not just call this person an introvert? Introverts are not antisocial. They socialize as they are able. We’re all on a spectrum, introverts and extraverts alike.

  • Ldufaux says:

    Exactly me! Funny though, I thought about sending it to my best friend, who is an extrovert. Then I realized that extroverts aren’t that interested in reading about personality types – she would be bored to death (if she even read it) and wouldn’t get it! Too bad…it’s good stuff 🙂

  • I read recently that the majority of us fall into the ambivert category which might explain why there are so many “social” introverts around. While researching my book The Dynamic Introvert: Leading Quietly with Passion and Purpose I was intrigued by the many different ways that introverts described themselves to me. There were social introverts, extroverted introverts, fearless introverts, accessible introverts and dynamic introverts. One woman told me that she was an introvert with the soul of an extrovert. Cheers!

  • EM13 says:

    In my industry, you have to be a people person… smiles, and walking the walk, and talking the talk of the people. (Real Estate Sales) So reading this list, I knew I was an introvert, but I also seem to be a social chameleon. I hate socializing, but still get times when I’m going stir crazy cooped up in the house with the kids, or doing nothing but work > home> work> home. This explains a bit more of my personality without it having to be black or white… I always liked tones of gray better anyhow.

  • John Kennedy says:

    Of course, if a person has done in-depth study about Meyers-Briggs Personality Theory, its same thing. Introvert/extrovert is not about being shy or outgoing, its about where one replenishes their energy. Many of have scores that land right between the 2 ratings. Introverts can be outgoing….for a time.

  • I just really have never understand the need for everyone to have a label of any sort. Interesting and well read article but jeez since the internet blog’s and vlogs and what ever else goes around. It’s just something else to label a person. I for one don’t need a label I’m just me. Complex, quiet, loud, sad, happy, every day is different and mostly like being alone but when I’m in a crowd I’m usually the one that carries the conversation.

  • So much of this is me to a T. I have often been seen as an extrovert as when I’m comfortable I’m outgoing as! People really annoying me for small things, needing to retreat and recharge after certian social interactions, small talk actually really bugging me. All of these things are soo me. I have often wondered why I can be the life of the party at times and be my crazy self, yet am pathologically shy at other times. It all makes sense now.

  • Colleen says:

    Great read, thank you. Anyone ever heard the song, “Brian and Robert,” by Phish? Pretty much sums us up! 🙂

  • Emma says:

    I’m in a conference right now and I was always being diagnosed or rather assessed with Extroversion personality. Haha. Yet, at conference like this, I rather talk to people who can actually give me insights rather just-small-talks. That bores me to death!! Thanks for this articles. I giggles a lot to ALL of the points. They are just me!! ???

  • Lisa says:

    I’m so glad to find out that you can be an outgoing introvert; I thought I was just bad at being an introvert. I think part of the reason I turn into a chatterbox around people I don’t know very well is to hide the discomfort I feel trying to make small talk with them. People who don’t know me well think I’m an extrovert, but the people who really know me know that I need plenty of alone time.

  • Kaye Manrique says:

    It is only now that I finally realized that I am an outgoing introvert. I am selectively social, limits number of persons to befriend with. Nobody believes that I am shy and uncomfortable in meeting people. I often use jokes as my defense mechanism in engaging conversations with strangers. Thank you for this article.

  • Scott Madeira says:

    I agree with most of what you say but have to take exception to the “in your head” thing. That is more attributable to being an “N” than an “I”. It is the intuitives that live in their heads and deal with ideas.

  • I love this post. I have just started blogging , I am new to this and I have shared about being an outgoing introvert, I linked this post from my blog. I hope you can check it out 🙂 https://tothenixlevel.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/i-am-an-outgoing-introvert/

  • This would be me. The sometimes extroverted introvert.

  • Jeremy J. says:

    It’s interesting to note how there is a scale between extroversion and introversion, and how very few people are completely in one realm or the other. It’s also helpful to know because you don’t feel compelled to fit into any particular niche. However, one thing to nite is that you do have some control over where you fall on the scale. It’s all about mindset.

  • Thank you so much for this article. I can relate so well to everything that was mentioned here. I used to get so confused with myself because I always thought I was an introvert but at the same time I love meeting new people, socializing and going to parties and everything! I feel so relieved to know that it’s not weird that I am outgoing and introverted at the same time!!

  • Sharon Kende-Anchor says:

    I always knew i was an introvert. I am a mixed MBTi type. I am an ISFP, the artist, but sometimes an INTP, the architect of ideas, like my dad. I love almost every art form and notice the ambience of a room right awaybc of this. My dad is a researcher in virology and i often find mupyself reading on the subject or about health and preaching whether others want me to or not. Chit chat is a learned thing for me and i like chit chatting with people opposite me, ENTJs mostly. ENTJs are the those people that are in charge, like fieldmarshalls. I avoid snobs like the plague.

    thank you for your article. It was spot on.

  • Rose says:

    I think this matches me. The only thing is that I am pretty crazy. I’m the person everyone would absolutely LEAST expect to be an introvert, because I’m very wild, sociable and (extremely) talkative. However, spending time with people drains me immensely, unless we are having a deep, meaningful talk. I am totally OK spending days and weeks by myself–in fact I often enjoy it. After spending time with people, it often takes up to several days for me to ‘recharge.’ Does this sound like an outgoing introvert? Or just a sociable extrovert who likes her alone time?