Is Your Child An Introvert Or An Extrovert? How To Deal With Their Personality?
by Priyambada Datta,
The personality of children is an interesting subject. One thing that a lot of people seem to agree on is that children can't really be considered to have a true personality until they are at least five years old. A lot of the things happen in children's lives when they are in their preschool years. These things are more about how they react to the world around them, rather than who they are as a person.
There's also the idea that parents play a large part in shaping a child's personality. They do so by guiding them and providing them with certain opportunities such as sports or academics. This leads kids to develop interests and skills in those areas.
One of the most challenging parts of raising a child is discovering their personality. There are many different traits that children can have. An easily recognizable and important trait is if the child is an introvert or an extrovert.
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Who Are Introverts And Extroverts?
Extroverts are people who gain energy from social interactions. They like to be around other people. They enjoy being the center of attention. They can be very outgoing, energetic, talkative, and assertive. Such children are always wanting to be around others. They tend not to worry too much about what other people think of them. Outgoing kids usually have a lot of friends.
Introversion is a personality trait where people prefer to focus on their own thoughts, feelings, and ideas rather than the outside world. A person with an introverted personality will feel energized by being alone and less so when in social situations.
Introverts are typically more reserved and prefer to be alone. They often avoid social interaction or commotion. Introverts would rather spend time with close friends and family than strangers. Introverts are usually calmer and more reserved than extroverts.
Introverts And Extroverts Children
Children who are introverts enjoy spending time by themselves, often reading or drawing. They are also typically less talkative than extroverts and enjoy solitude.
Extroverts enjoy working in groups to achieve a goal or challenge. Thus, they usually prefer spending time with friends. All these personalities have positive aspects but can also be negative if they are taken too far.
Aiding Their Development Of Extrovert Kids
Extrovert kids prefer spending time outside playing sports with friends rather than inside reading books on their own. In addition, they often find it easy making new friends and telling jokes when meeting someone for the first time. However, they might struggle more in conversations when there's no room for back-and-forth banter.
In these cases, extroverted kids might get discouraged by having fewer conversation partners. Thus, they try talking more during class. A good way to redirect their energy is to give allow them to join clubs. For example, debate club, team sports, etc.
Another way extroverted kids can adapt is by using social media such as Facebook or Twitter. There's an endless stream of conversation happening on such platforms. Nonetheless, with the correct parental guidance, such kids can take part in age-appropriate activities online.
Extroverted kids tend to get easily bored when they are alone. This might lead them to pick up unproductive habits like watching TV or playing video games. One way to help keep extroverted kids engaged is to involve them in productive activities. This can include reading books, playing board games like Chess, learning a new language, etc.
Aiding Their Development Of Introvert Kids
Introverted kids are often private and can be seen as socially awkward. They enjoy solitude. They are often more comfortable in small groups or even just one on one relationships rather than large, social events. It is no wonder that many parents may struggle to understand their introverted child when they do not seem to want to interact with others or have trouble making friends. The question then becomes how do we help our introverted child? First, it is important to understand why this behavior may be occurring.
Many times introverted children simply feel overwhelmed by the stimulation in their environment. They may genuinely be drained out of energy when put in highly social situations. This means that this type of child may not always get along well with other children who require a lot of interaction or who are constantly moving around!
One way parents can help their introverted child adjust is by finding out what they need, so that they can adjust accordingly so that the child will feel more at ease. For example, at a party parents shouldn’t force their child to socialize. They can instead help the child have a few minutes of alone time to recharge.
Introverts often find solace in doing anything creative such as drawing, singing, playing music, etc. As a parent, offer any assistance you can when these activities come up because it will make them feel more comfortable. At the same time, for them to develop holistically, encourage them to participate in activities like public speaking, or team sports.
Introverts need time alone because they recharge their batteries naturally on their own. They might enjoy playing games by themselves or reading books for a while rather than being social 24/7 like an extrovert would prefer. Respect this need for space and give them a break every once in a while so they can recharge themselves if needed.
Introvert Child Or Shy Child?
Introverted children are often misunderstood and labeled as shy or anti-social. They may be quiet, but they are not necessarily shy. Parents of introverted children should allow them to express their thoughts and feelings without feeling judged or pressured. Introverted kids need time to themselves to feel refreshed and able to perform well when the need arises. On the contrary, they can lose their confidence if they are pressured to the point where they feel like they have to "perform" socially.
Opposed to introverted kids, shy children have trouble making friends and don't want to go to new places. They can be anxious. They may worry that they will do something wrong or be embarrassed in front of other people.
Shy children often don't talk a lot at first so as not to draw attention to themselves. They need time to get comfortable with those around them before speaking up. As they become more comfortable, they will start talking and telling jokes, though they might still be a little worried about what other people think of them. In addition, they are often very self-conscious and judgmental of themselves. They are also easily embarrassed when they have to interact with new people. Introverts, however, do not mind having to interact with new people. In fact, introverts prefer small groups of close friends over larger groups of acquaintances.
Can Extroverted Children Be Shy?
Many people believe that introverted people are shy, but extroverted people can also be shy. Extroverted children would like company but are afraid of interacting with people. Shyness is the fear of being in social situations where they may be judged or embarrassed. It can also be compared with social anxiety.
Shyness is more common in children before puberty because their self-esteem is not yet fully developed. Shy kids may avoid making eye contact with other people. They might blush when they hear something embarrassing about themselves or someone else. Shyness in adults is often caused by an event that happened in childhood that made them feel rejected by others such as bullying or teasing.
Dealing With Shyness
Shyness might make kids withdraw themselves from society. This can lead to long periods of isolation and loneliness while at the same time depriving them of crucial social interactions. When meeting new people, shy children might need some help from an adult to introduce themselves and make small talk. They sometimes have trouble trying new things because they don't want others to see their mistakes or know that they're not good at them.
Parents, teachers, caregivers, and guardians alike need to realize that different personality types exist. They also need to understand how each type feels about themselves - whether through observing behavior or asking questions. If you have found out what personality your child has, why not nourish the child accordingly? Start from today itself!