day, all the I batteries may have been depleted, so by the end of the day he/she mayfeel the to 'party', chat or see friends in order to restore some balance, and therebygive the introvert batteries some relief by spending some time running on extravert batteries.You need a particular balance of both introversion and extroversion. You can do bothof them, and you have batteries of both types. But your "preference" will mean thatyou can do one more than the other.Before we consider the next set of Myers Briggs preferences, in the second article inthis series, we'll take a brief look at the influences that can cause you to behave inways that are different to your preferences.
Preference, Role, or Learned Behaviour
One feature differentiating Es from Is is whether action or thought comes first. Insituations that demand action, such as the sounding of a fire alarm, both types will act.Most people are trained to evacuate the building immediately in an emergency, or totake other appropriate action. So the fire alarm results in most people doingsomething, and very few people decide to sit and think. They will adopt a team rolethat is extraverted. But their underlying preference is still the same.In situations that demand thought, such as solving a crossword puzzle, both types willthink. Most crossword puzzles cannot be solved by taking action or by talking. Bothextroverts and introverts need to spend time in thought first, to make some progresstowards a solution. Their team roles are introverted, but their underlying preferenceremains the same.Team roles therefore reflect how we respond to particular circumstances. Finding your true, inner preferences is therefore more difficult, because everyone adapts to somedegree to each situation. However, the difference between people who have a preference for extroversion and introversion becomes more apparent when there is afree choice. In these situations, the extrovert will tend to act, and the introvert tends tothink. However, very few situations involve a truly free choice, as your behaviour (atwork, for example) may be influenced by factors such as:
the culture of the organisation (some employers expect action-oriented behaviour, others expect considered responses)
your training or upbringing
a range of environmental factors, such as whether the situation is a new or familiar one, whether recognition or reward is given, and the effects of stressor illness. The need to restore balance may also be a factor (e.g.: an extrovertmay need some time alone after a busy week). Nevertheless, your innate preferences will still influence the way that you behave, aswell as those factors listed above. In a situation demanding action, an introvert maynevertheless bring a more thoughtful approach, or delay the taking of action. In asituation demanding thought, the extrovert may tend to talk the problem through, or move to action more quickly. The
team role you perform depends on a