Are you an introvert or an extravert?

Many people will have undertaken a Myers Briggs test in their past, and just as quickly forgotten how they scored, but you will probably remember whether you were an extrovert or an introvert.

With the current COVID 19 lockdown state of affairs, there is a lot of talk about extroverts suffering much due to the reduced socialisation and introverts being content with the current lifestyle restrictions.  One friend tells me he loves the situation right now. He says he wished it was permanently like this!

He usually feels overwhelmed by the number of social obligations he has and loves the fact that he has an excuse to get out of many of them. He’s working from home, enjoying the escape from traffic congestion and spending less money.

However, things are not this black and white, either or?  Our personalities are not set in stone. Personality traits are merely shorthand terms used by behavioral scientists to describe the ways people generally tend to respond to or deal with situations.

 It doesn’t mean people react the same way all the time.  People respond differently depending on contexts and circumstances; personality traits are just tendencies. They are not everywhere, all the time, or permanent and can change with learning, life circumstances, and events that might happen.

How about exceptions? I know of many hypnosis clients that have sought my advice regarding anxiety, who can be extreme introverts….…………….except when they’re not. 

They love nothing more than staying at home alone, reading books, listening to music, and cooking in their kitchens.  However, they can also really enjoy hosting dinner parties and chatting with friends on the phone or going on long walks. Any behaviour and way of being can work for or against us, depending on the context.

Context is king and is also your currency.

Many of my clients learn to understand the distinction of context, which then helps them manage anxiety, and this new understanding and skill are amplified through hypnosis and hypnotherapy.

Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, either can work against you in different contexts. Sometimes, we can all benefit from moving a little more in one direction or the other along this continuum. 

Right now, the extroverts might be feeling bored and anxious with all this alone time and are having to find different ways of recharging their energy, such as finding creative outputs or news forms of socialising.

In these COVID-19 times, they may need to make that move, and hypnosis is an ideal vehicle for facilitating and exploring these changes.

In hypnosis, we can experience ourselves in different ways and learn and rehearse different behaviours and habits of being. FMRI imaging shows that when we rehearse something in our imagination, we form the same neural pathways as if it is happening. This is the foundation of how hypnosis works so effectively.

Our brain can’t tell the difference between what we imagine and what happens. This is what makes hypnosis such a fantastic tool.

Research shows *that people that can manage their emotions ,are self-reliant, friendly, and are open tend to be  more equipped to handle the conditions of extreme isolation.   This is where the “extrovert” might use hypnosis to experience and rehearse some of the more common introvert traits.

An introvert could also utilise hypnosis to imagine and rehearse, asking for that pay rise or handling those scenarios and possible responses from their boss.

Those suffering from social anxiety can work through what they are going to say when meeting new people at a party.

The anxious employee can rehearse public speaking and become so comfortable with the process that they positively anticipate the experience rather than dreading.

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are one of the most effective and comfortable ways in which you can make permanent changes to your life. We know this to be true at Mind Talk Solutions because we facilitate these changes in people every day.

So what will be your choice today?

*Annu. Rev. Psychol. 2000. 51:227–253 Copyright q 2000 by Annual Reviews. All rights reserved 0084–6570/00/0201–0227$12.00 227 THE ENVIRONMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY OF CAPSULE HABITATS Peter Suedfeld and G. Daniel Steel The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Lincoln University, Canterbury, New Zealand, e-mail:, Key 

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