The Myth of Introverts and Extroverts

“Are you an introvert or an extrovert?” You’ve heard the question before. And you’ve probably heard that the pandemic affected each group differently. But how accurate are these labels? And do any of us actually fall into only one category?

“Be aware of labels and the expectations we have for ourselves to be a certain way. There will be different things in our lives that change us and we don’t have to fit into this box” – Amy Pearlman

We are complex and multifaceted beings. How we engage and derive energy from the world around us is unique to each individual. How do you feel after hanging out in a group setting? Is your energy rejuvenated or depleted? Our hosts explore these and other questions in this week’s episode to better understand what makes all of us tick.

Meet the Experts:

Dr. Bita Rivas is a faculty member in the Counselor Education program at California State University Sacramento, specializing in marriage, couple, and family counseling; clinical mental health counseling, and addiction counseling. To read more, click here:

Amy Pearlman is a licensed independent clinical social worker in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with a Master of Social Work from Smith College. Her areas of expertise are in community and mobile crisis intervention for individuals and families. She supports an integrated vision of healthcare throughout all community facets. To read more, click here:

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