I'm sure you've been asked many times whether you're an introvert or an extrovert. For some people, it's an easy choice, but for most of us, it's difficult to choose one way or the other.
It's hard to choose because the introvert/extrovert dichotomy reflects a tired and outdated view of personality. Personality traits exist along a continuum, and the vast majority of us aren't introverts or extroverts — we fall somewhere in the middle.
Personality consists of a stable set of preferences and tendencies through which we approach the world. Personality traits form at an early age and are fixed by early adulthood. Many important things about you change over the course of your lifetime, but your personality isn't one of them.
"Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it." —Bruce Lee
The continuum between introversion and extroversion captures one of the most important personality traits. It's troubling that we're encouraged to categorize ourselves one way or the other because there are critical strengths and weaknesses commonly associated with each type.