Lost Keys? Portrayal of an Extravert and an Introvert

Looking for a simple way to clearly explain Extraversion and Introversion to your participants?


This illustrative example speaks volumes about the true nature of an Extravert and an Introvert.

If I were an Extravert searching for my keys I might do it like this…

Demonstrate walking around the room talking to yourself asking participants if they have seen your keys and retracing your steps out loud.

Let’s see, I came in this morning to set up and I piled my stuff on that table. Then I used the rest room. Next, I stopped to chat with Shirley. Then I passed out the handouts. I usually put the keys in my back pocket but they aren’t there so I am guessing I put them down on a table somewhere…

Finally, look straight at a participant and say, Found them!

Now he (or she) didn’t say a word to me, but their presence helped me find my keys. Extraverts think and process out loud, in the external world.

If I were an Introvert searching for my keys I might do it like this…

Stand in one spot and look around with your eyes only keeping your head and body still as if retracing your steps in your head. Take a while to pause and ponder, then nod your head as if to indicate you now know where they are.

Introverts tend to process thoughts inside their head.

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For more in-depth information that will help clear up Extravert/Introvert confusion, check out our other insightful article “Introvert does not equal shy” by Mary Miscisin.

…there is something important to understand about Introverts. Unlike Extraverts, who wear their personalities on their sleeves, Introverts often keep their best to themselves. With Extraverts, what you see is what you get. With Introverts, what you see is only a portion of what is really driving their personality. The richest and most trusted parts of an Introvert’s personality are not necessarily shared with the outside world…

– Otto Kroeger and Janet Thuesen, Type Talk at Work

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