7 Ways To Have A Healthy Relationship Between An Extrovert And An Introvert

Opposites often attract, and if you’re an extrovert personality type who’s fallen in love with an introvert, there are times when you may struggle to connect in the relationship.

You and your introverted partner might have wildly different personality traits and expectations for how to spend a fun Saturday night. Your extroverted self might want you to go out and party with friends and be social, while your introverted partner wants to stay in and watch a movie with you.

Introversion and extraversion — or even if you’re an ambivert — can seem so wildly different that you don’t know how you could have a healthy relationship.

But what are the fundamental differences between these personality types, and how can you better understand the introvert’s point of view?

The Myers Briggs Personality Test, or Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), defines the main difference between extroverts and introverts in how they “recharge their batteries.”

While extroverts feel energized in groups, introverts need time to reconnect with their inner world to replenish their energy, which is drained by interacting with the outside world.

Here’s how to have a healthy relationship with your introverted partner despite the differences:

1. Give the introvert enough “space.”

Introverts love spending quality time one-on-one with their loved ones, but even in those conditions, their energy gets depleted.

If you find them wanting to cut short the discussion or feeling tired, allow them to withdraw without asking too many questions, and don’t feel frustrated about their withdrawal.

They’ll bring back their lovely self once recharged.

2. Don’t force them to go places they don’t want to.

Introverts have a perfect connection with their intuition. Although they might not be able to explain why, intuitively, they will know when a place or situation is unsuitable for them, so they won’t want to be there.

Respect their choice, and they will appreciate you even more.

3. Need ideas? Ask your introvert!

Introverts are very creative, even if they don’t always artistically express their creativity. If you find yourself stuck or need some ideas, ask your introvert!

They love sharing their ideas, and introverts feel appreciated when someone asks for this kind of support.

Introverts who feel appreciated and valued for who they are will give themselves even more to their relationships.

4. Encourage your introverts to relax however they choose.

Most introverts are people persons. They love to help and bring happiness to loved ones. Yet sometimes, they forget about themselves and go the extra mile to help others to the detriment of their energy.

Creating a relationship atmosphere that encourages self-expression and initiative (even if that means seeing them withdraw with a book, in nature, or into their inner world for quite some time) can help them to reconnect with themselves, a relaxing, rich place where they draw their energy from.

Not allowing them to do this will only accumulate to their mental fatigue, which will negatively affect your relationship.

5. Ask insightful questions to understand their introversion.

Encourage your introvert to ask questions (instead of assuming you’re right). Open questions that don’t start with “why” are great in helping deepen relations and understanding each other.

Don’t assume you know your partner because each situation might differ or catch you in a different mood. Past does not equal the future unless you get stuck in your ideas.

Introverts are curious and can ask insightful questions that could increase your awareness about each other, your relationship, and your situation.

6. Remember what you liked about your introvert when you first met.

You can get so caught up in the aspects you don’t like about your partner that you forget what you like.

Remind yourself often and appreciate the behaviors you do like. This will help you get more of them from your introvert. It feels so good when you’re appreciated for who you are. It’s the case with introverts, too.

And if you notice a lack of the introverted behaviors you used to love, just ask what’s happening or missing. You might get the chance to rekindle your love if you spot the blockages and help remove them.

7. Enroll together in a project you both love.

Introverts are project-driven, too, but only by projects dear to their heart. Find something that you both like: A common cause, for example.

Introverts are often driven by meaningful ideas that have the potential to make a better world. There’s more pleasure for them to work on a project with their partner in a real partnership focused on each other strengths, complementing each other without imposing one’s idea.

The boomerang effect of putting their energy together in the service of a bigger cause will also positively impact their relationship.

If you can’t find a project to work on together, get yourself out of the way and allow your introvert to get involved in the cause they want to. The extra energy drawn from doing something worthy (in the introvert’s opinion) will also pour more love into your relationship.

Originally written by Gabriela Casineanu on YourTango

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