Extrovert: Someone that recharges themself by being with other people.
Introvert: Someone that recharges themself by being alone.
It really struck a chord for me, because while I never considered myself an extrovert, neither could I identify with myself as a socially awkward and reclusive introvert. By this new definition I could embrace my introvertedness, despite enjoying parties. I just understood why I always needed some downtime afterwards. I have extroverted friends, but I've learned to make sure I get a break from them sometimes, because otherwise I start to feel really drained.
Just this week I finally decided my daughter is an extrovert. I wish I would have thought of it sooner because it would explain a lot. Maybe all little kids are extroverts, but it seems like I've seen other kids happily playing on their own. Mine doesn't do that. It explains why I'm so tired at the end of the day. Physically yes, but mentally too. Here's a conversation we have at least every 30 minutes:
Umm, I was, um, are you listening?
Yes. What is it?
OMIGOSH STOP SAYING MAMA!!
Don't say that to me! You said mad words to me.
Okay, you're right. I'm sorry. What did you want to tell me?
I have to admit my new guilty pleasure is that I'm really enjoying the relative peace and quiet at work.