The human race is diverse and every personality is unique, which is why it is difficult to divide the population into two distinct groups. Nonetheless, ‘introvert’ and ‘extrovert’ are two stereotypes used to define the basic nature of people. I believe many of us have qualities from each category, but we do lean more towards one of them. There is nothing bad about being an introvert or extrovert; both personalities have their perks and drawbacks. In fact, our genetics and neuroscience have a huge impact on the way we express ourselves and react around people. At the end of the day, nobody is perfect or superior to another.
Many of us, who consider ourselves an introvert, wish to be more extroverted. The misconception is that all extroverts excel at socializing and public speaking. Extroverts are viewed as an epitome of confidence and people skills, which is not entirely true. There is no denying that extroverts do excel in certain situations, especially where you have to depend on others and collaborate. The need to be more extroverted might emerge from the requirements of a job, familial expectations, peer pressure, or self-conflict.
It is important to be yourself and not push yourself to do something that makes you uncomfortable. However, if you are determined to transition to an extrovert for the right reasons, the following techniques shall help you out:
Do not confuse Introvert with ‘Shy’ or ‘Socially Awkward’
Introverts are people who prefer solitude and individuality. Crowds, small talk, bright lights, and loudness drain their energy fast. In contrast, they love to be around close friends and engage in deep conversations. Introverts are not loners; they just favor peace and quiet. Being shy or socially awkward is not the same thing. If you have trouble talking to others or feel lost around people, the underlying issue is low self-esteem. Identify your insecurity and work on getting rid of it.
Acknowledge the Positive Traits of an Extrovert
Many introverts see extroverts as noisy and wild party animals. If you are hoping to shift towards an extroverted personality, you need to dig deeper. Extroverts are happiest when people and buzz surround them, but that does not imply that they cannot survive on their own. They might not be the best speakers, but they are not afraid of approaching others. Extroverts are not attention seekers, but being in the spotlight does not cause them discomfort. Extroverted individuals easily get along with most people because they embrace the concept of sharing; they freely share responsibilities, opinions/thoughts, advice, and even food.
Think out Loud or Improvise
Most introverts know all the right things to say, but their comments or comebacks stay in their head. You just need to build up the courage to voice your thoughts, so people can hear them. Let others gain exposure to your intellect and wit; this could be a start to new friendships or fandom. If you lack ideas or opinions, you may simply improvise. Many actors and performers are introverts, but they easily transform into their character on screen. Precisely, you have to draft a script in your mind and then act it out. Taking part in debates, theatre, or a music choir can help you get there.
Be More Daring/Take Chances
In order to come across as an extrovert, you will have to put yourself out there. Introverts are adhered to elaborate planning and exercising caution. Learn to live in the moment and be spontaneous. If you want to ask someone out, just go for it rather than waiting for the right time and place, or putting together the optimum speech and attire. Taking chances without worrying about the consequences is part of the experience.