What are the signs of an extrovert? (A Complete Guide)

In this article, we will answer the question ‘What are the signs of an extrovert?’. We will initially define what and who an extrovert is. After this, we will discuss signs of an extrovert. 

What are the signs of an extrovert?

An extrovert is someone who is social, friendly, and outgoing. They are people-person who thrive in large groups of people. They gain their energy by socializing with others. In addition to it, they are good public speakers. Extroverts are talkers and find silence quite difficult. Consequently, they don’t engage in quiet domestic activities. In fact, their preference is to have new experiences that are risky, loud, and exciting. They also like to talk and process their emotions this way. This makes them over-sharers and people can get to know them quite quickly in a short span of time. 

Extroverts

Extroverts can be defined as people whose orientation is external or outwards to the world. These people gather energy by socialization and engaging in group activities. How they process information is also by talking to people. Their preference is to spend time engaging in new experiences and by going out. In contrast, if they spend time alone with no new activities, they feel drained. They are opposite to introverts who are internally oriented. They get energy by spending time alone I.e. away from people. They prefer to spend time in solitary activities like baking, painting, reading etc. They process things in their mind or by journaling. Although they like socializing but with only a few people in small, quiet and familiar settings. Spending time with alot of people and engaging in new risky experiences drains their energy. 

 Signs of an Extrovert

An extrovert can be identified based on the following traits:

  • They like to spend time in social gatherings and get excited by spending time with different people. 
  • Unfamiliar settings and new people do not upset them nor do they hesitate in interacting with them. They are not fearful of making mistakes and are open to having new experiences. 
  • Unlike introverts, they do not need time alone. Rather, spending time in isolation drains their energy. Especially, being cooped up at home with no means of socialization can be distressing for them.
  • They function well in large groups of people. This means that gatherings that are large and loud are fun for them. In contrast, small groups of people hanging out in a familiar place do not sit well with an extrovert’s ideal way to spend time. 
  • They have a big social circle and continue to add new friends to their group.
  • They process things best by talking it out with other people. This is opposite to introverts who prefer to process things quietly in their mind.
  • Extroverts are positive and outgoing people. It is easy for them to see the silver lining in different situations. Even if setbacks do take place, they show resilient behavior and quickly jump back from them. 
  • They can take risks. Such situations where the outcome is uncertain give them an adrenaline rush, They get excited by such situations and see them as an opportunity for getting a new experience. 
  • They are not rigid in their approach to life. Rather, they are quite adaptable and can adjust to new situations quickly and easily. 
  • They are comfortable with speaking publicly. Rather they enjoy expressing their thoughts out in the open and being the center of attention among large groups of people. Ironically, the same situation would be a nightmare for an introvert.
  • They are initiators of conversations. Even at parties, they adopt the role of making introductions between people and try their best that everyone has a great time. 
  • They dislike being alone and make sure their schedule is packed with upcoming social events and means of socialization with others. 
  • They follow the motto ‘the more the merrier’ in social gatherings. They invite a lot of people and end up having huge parties that are loud and exciting. 
  • Although they do get burnout by socializing too much, they still prefer it to sitting at home alone with no one to talk to. 
  • They love being active on social media and updating their feelings and thoughts. Doing so, helps them feel connected to others. One can find an extrovert active on instagram, snapchat and facebook. 
  • Being an extrovert does not mean someone who talks in a non-stop manner. Rather, they have the ability to stop and listen. They are also able to pick up things about other people and their likes and dislikes.
  • At times, when emotions overcome them, extroverts can be too expressive. During such situations, they may not stop to reflect on what they are saying. 
  • They can be considered over-sharers. People can get to know an extrovert in a very short time. Unlike introverts, extroverts are not reserved or keep things private/bottled up. 
  • Extroverts find silence difficult to handle. Situations, where people are quiet, make them uncomfortable. So, they start talking about random things to fill the gaps.
  • Extroverts find meditation and yoga difficult to understand. It is because for them being quiet for such a long time is a concept they can’t wrap their heads around.
  • They are action-oriented and doers instead of thinkers. This can make some extroverts quite impulsive. However, you can count on an extrovert to get things done.
  • They love being leaders and heading different events and tasks. Especially organizing large groups of people help them feel in charge and in control. They voluntarily opt for such roles both at workplace and in informal settings.
  • They move fast in making friends. An extrovert would usually consider a person they have met once or twice a ‘friend’.
  • Extroverts do not shy away from physical intimacy. They are open to hugging people and believe cuddles solve everything. 
  • They like people and want to be liked back. They try their best to be in the good books of people they interact with them. This can include going all out in making other people feel comfortable in their presence and doing things they like. 
  • They solve problems and complex issues by brainstorming different ideas and having discussions with people. 
  • They are often described by people as friendly and someone who is easy to approach. 
  • They are able to make decisions quickly and efficiently. 
  • They thrive in workplaces that are team-oriented and involve interaction with people. 

FAQs: What are the signs of an extrovert?

What type of person is an extrovert?

An extrovert is a social, friendly, and outgoing person. He/She gets energy by interacting with people. They are opposite to introverts who get energized by spending time away from people in isolation. 

What are quiet extroverts?

Quiet extroverts do not necessarily mean a person is an introvert. Extroverts can occasionally step back and be quiet. 

What happens when extroverts are alone for too long?

When extroverts are alone for too long, they start getting drained and lose their energy. This is because they gain energy by being around people and by socializing. Spending time alone can actually sap this energy.

What is an Ambivert?

An ambivert is someone who possesses traits of both an extrovert and an introvert. This can be explained by the spectrum theory according to which extroversion and introversion exist on a continuum. They are not black and white categories. As a result, ambiverts have both traits of extroverts and introverts. They can lean towards either trend depending on the situation. 

Can an extrovert have social anxiety?

Yes.  Extroverts can experience social anxiety.  Social anxiety for an extrovert is more difficult  This is because they derive their energy from socialization and social events but the very social gatherings cause them intense fear.  As a result, when they avoid such settings,  they feel drained, low and exhausted. 

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question ‘What are the signs of an extrovert?’. We found that an extrovert is someone who is social, friendly, and outgoing. They are people-person who thrive in large groups of people. They gain their energy by socializing with others. In addition to it, they are good public speakers. Extroverts are talkers and find silence quite difficult. Consequently, they don’t engage in quiet domestic activities. In fact, their preference is to have new experiences that are risky, loud, and exciting. They also like to talk and process their emotions this way. This makes them over-sharers and people can get to know them quite quickly in a short span of time. 

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Citations

https://www.healthline.com/health/what-is-an-extrovert#Extroversion-is-a-spectrum

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/news/a558519/signs-youre-an-extrovert/

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.