Are you an introvert?
One way to know if you're an introvert is to notice if you feel exhausted at times when you have a lot of interaction with people.
Do you feel overwhelmed, like you're jumping out of your skin? Do you feel better once you have some alone time?
Congratulations! You're an introvert.
Introverts require lots of alone time to recharge.
If you're an introvert, it's very important to give yourself plenty of alone time. Introverts need a lot of alone time, much more than people who are extroverted or have an "ambivert" personality.
The introvert personality can't process things unless they have alone time. You will not be able to process or even know how you feel about something, unless you have that alone time first.
Extroverts need to be social.
Extroverts need others around them to recharge and really be themselves. If they have too much alone time, they can fall into depression and confusion.
They just won't know which way is up without having interaction with others. So, it's very important to have a lot of social interaction if you're an extrovert.
You still need alone time if you're an extrovert — just not too much.
But even if you're an extrovert, you still need some alone time — just as an introvert needs some time with people. It's all about finding the right balance, depending on where you are on the scale.
What is an ambivert personality?
Now, an ambivert is someone that falls right in the middle of the introvert-extrovert scale. They need an equal amount of alone time and time with people.
This one can be harder to tell for yourself. An ambivert needs to balance of both solo and social time in order to function properly.
Knowing where you are on the personality scale is important, but can be confusing.
Some people think they're one personality type, when they're really the other. This can really throw their life off balance.
Usually, this happens because they don't realize exactly how extreme the other personality type is, so they don't gauge it right. Also, if you aren't on either end of the scale and lean more towards the middle, it can feel confusing to decipher where exactly you are.