In my last blog post, I mentioned that there are three main principles constructed by Carl Jung as part of his contributions to personality and behavior. With the discussion of the collective unconscious being completed in my last blog post, I will now be talking about Jung’s theories regarding introverts and extroverts.
In the early 1900s, Carl Jung created a classification for personality as introverts and extroverts. An introverted individual is a person who is quiet and reserved, similar to shy. Introverted people tend to focus their energy inwards. This makes their activities more individualistic. An extroverted person is someone who is outgoing and social. The idea of an extrovert comes from these type of people interacting with external stimuli causing their energy is directed outward. Because these two classifications seem to be on opposite ends of the spectrum, the term ambivert was coined. Ambiverts are individuals who show a mix of extroverted and introverted traits depending on the circumstance.
In any type of therapy, the classification of an introverted or extraverted person helps the therapist better understand how to interact with their client. For example, introverted people tend to make more astute and keen observations about their surrounding. This gives more leeway for a therapist to ask specific details about observations in order to get a deeper understanding of their client. In art therapy specifically, the way a client draws could be used to understand extroverted vs. introverted behavior. For example, extroverts may usually try to draw bigger and more colorful drawings as opposed to introverts.