How to Understand Extroverts
Subtitle: I'm not a psychologist, but I AM an extrovert, so I think that outweighs someone who's NOT giving their opinion.
Sub-sub title: I'm NOT an energy sucking asshole.
Step 1: Stop associating us with those clever little introvert cartoons on Facebook! Evidently, according to that 22 things or whatever cartoon that was pretty on the mark for introverts, WE extroverts are 'Energy-Sucking Vampires.'
See, ex, if you know Latin means 'out' therefore we're expelling energy OUTWARD. Honestly, most of us have so much energy to burn that it's exploding out of us 24/7 (If you've met me, you've met the hugging energy monster) and we're really not trying to draw from your introvertedness. In fact, if anything, we want to give to you because in our world happiness is this giant hug fest to be shared.
Dude, I'm like this and I annoy myself :P
Point being, you wanna like that cute little cartoon fine, but it was not entitled Extroverts.
THAT part was WRONG.
Then again, I'm relying on social media to tell the truth about something, so, yeah...
Step 2: This does not mean we're happy all of the time. So, here's the deal. MOST people are NOT Extroverts. Think about the last gathering you went to. Extroverts are NOT the blow-bragging family member everyone hates. The extroverts are the aunt that hugged everyone hi, checked the food fifteen times, asked you if you were alright about the same number of times, then hugged everyone goodbye, maybe even led the family in Christmas Carols. There is usually one of us and we're easy to spot. But we're not happy all of the time. This doesn't mean we're depressed, sad, that we're secret introverts that need re-charging, it's just that sometimes WE wear ourselves out.
I go and go and go and go and go ALL DAY and I have insomnia and I go and go and go and go and then...
I'm not depressed, mad at you, mad at anyone, no other creative drama, I have just literally passed out from exhaustion.
And I drool, so, my bad...
Step 3: We have feelings and they can get hurt, easily. Probably easier than you think. Energy and positivity is NOT the "IN" thing. We as a society make fun of people that are over-dramatic, emo, etc. but really and truly when we meet a REALLY happy extroverted person the FIRST thing we say is "FAKER" or "PUT-ON."
Just think about that for a second.
How would that make YOU feel??
It HURTS you MORONS! <------ See, I'm an extrovert, I shouted that. :P
We ARE happy, until you question our motives. THIS is just WHO we are; we're not here to upset or hurt you, we just ARE like this just like you just ARE introverted.
*Puts away tissues*
I'm better now...
*Puts away tissues*
I'm better now...
Step 4: If we are like this around everyone BUT you, then YOU might be the problem. Not to be a jerk but Extroverts are sensitive; we want to help and be happy and when we are around someone who CLEARLY likes to be miserable, we don't draw in like introverts, we put our energy elsewhere. When I am at an uncomfortable party full of nasty people, I CLEAN compulsively or find something else to do. The energy has gotta go somewhere, and if you're not wanting it and are gonna be a jerk when I expel it, I'm gonna find a way for it to get out.
So, I'd like to thank everyone for putting up with me because I KNOW it's exhausting. (Remember, see step 2 :) )
Step 5: Realize we are NOT all the same. Granted, a lot of this is speaking for me, but many of us have just ONE thing in common, the energy/personality type that I'm talking about here. After that, many similarities stop. I'm an extrovert that teaches online and uses social media, which puts me as the lone extrovert in a world of introverts. What you see online is NOT an act, I AM that energetic 24/7. I walk right up and hug people, even when I don't know them! I adore Michael Shanks and I have just marched my ass up to him and thrown my arms around him.
I don't care.
Because I'm not thinking and analyzing, we Extroverts think everyone puts their pants on the same way as we do, so we're just marching up there.
I've hugged the BIG BOSS at the DOE.
And I would hug Barack Obama or the Pope, just a warning to you both.
Step 6: HUG US. I went off track before, extrovert thing, see above. We're annoying like that. In fact, when, or at least me, feels like I CAN'T hug you, it's like a worm is eating me from the inside...
Step 7: Oh yeah, and we're not stupid. In fact, MANY of us have a VERY high IQ, but it's not socially acceptable to be happy and smart; they don't go together. OR our smarts are overshadowed by impulsiveness. Yep, when I get pissed, I rant and go bonkers first and think it through later. Sometimes I'm in the right, other times not.
It's just the way we are.
And to repeat, an extrovert's rant does NOT mean we're not "alright."
We'll be good in like, legit, five minutes.
We JUST had to blast out that energy.
See? Rant over already :D :D :D
Step 8: Don't call us hyper.
Hyper is an over-stimulated child. That's rude; we have energy, but we are not children that need ritalin.
Want us to call you EMO?
Didn't think so.
Easily distracted and stimulated?
Fine, I'll give you that...
Step 9: I LOVE you. Now I GET mad and say I hate people, but I don't. Extroverts wanna have their hands in everything and fix the world and just because we're loud doing it doesn't mean we want or need recognition; we're just loud by nature.
I will run back to open the door.
I will do insane things like scream and stop everything to save a turtle.
I know you guys are doing it too, you just do it a LOT LOT quieter and we secretly hate you for it because WE CAN'T! It is in our nature to be LOUD just like it's in yours NOT to be.
You get an idea and you just do it, nice and quiet and normal.
WE get an idea and BAMMO!!!! IDEA OUT OF CONTROL.
Point is, we mean well and we care, just pat us and listen, it'll come down eventually.
What the HELL else did I just volunteer for!?!?!
Step 10: Can I get a glass? Yep, we're the ones that a bottle or so in are gonna be on the table.
Don't be hatin' :p
Just video it!
Trust me, we'll think it's HILARIOUS later especially if you post it on Facebook!
Ice Ice Baby anyone??