Introvert or Extrovert – everyone loves a good company. No one really likes to be alone, spare the few who have always had bad experiences in sharing with others. Well, this blog is basically targeted to individuals who are apprehensive about the concept of a shared living. To put things straight – introverts aren’t antisocial and extroverts don’t always relish overwhelming attention. Each individual has his/her own personality. Those we refer to as introverts are more cautious of the people they surround themselves with. The reasons could be many – past experiences, a sense of undue risks or simply the lack of the ability to make friends fast. But give them time and introverts can relish the company of a very few but great friends.
In this content, it is often assumed that co-living is something that isn’t fit for introverts. They shy from human company, especially strangers and with co-living; you are sharing your home space with so many new faces. That can be a little unsettling. Well, here’s what you should know:
Introvert Vs Extrovert – The Basic
Before we talk about whether the concept of co-living can fit with both introverts and extroverts, let’s first gauge the basic differences in the two personalities. Extroverts are generally individuals who are outgoing, have a lot of energy around them, are characterized by being talkative and can start and continue a conversation with anyone. On the other hand, introverts are more reserved and find hard to find topics that they can share with strangers. This makes them more comfortable when being solitary. However, if we look deep, any person has his/her own unique set of extroversion and introversion.
It would be completely wrong to assume that introverts don’t like human company. They are more reserved but they do value the relationships shared in small groups, every individual in which has the same kind of passion or goals. Introverts don’t like to be in the limelight but they do want to feel special like we all do.
For extroverts, it’s easier to become a part of a group. They draw energy from being around conversations, perhaps leading them or at least playing a highlighting role in the group. They are more expressive. However, they too can get bored and have reservations when it comes to making serious talks.
Benefits of Shared Living
The world has always been best run when groups of people have divided activities among themselves according to their likes, interests, and skills. A shared living is somewhat the same. Even an introvert wouldn’t want to come home to a one-bedroom flat at the end of a hectic day and have no one to talk to. The millennia today are interested in gaining new experiences. We constantly challenge ourselves and shared living can be a perfect solution. Given the kind of work you are comfortable with and regardless of your personality type; shared living makes your life easier, safer and more productive. Someone takes care of the kitchen, someone takes care of the cleaning, and someone takes care of paying the bills and so forth.
Shared living for Introverts and Extroverts
At the end of the day, we are people – social animals who love the company of others. An introvert can certainly find a co-living space where other individuals share his/her passions and interests. Perhaps, its music that brings them together. It could be the love for travel, writing, food or even science. If you have watched the ‘Big Bang Theory’, it’s a group of introverts who constantly grow and flourish in the company of each other. All it takes is finding a common ground.
For extroverts, on the other hand, it gets even easier to be a part of such a group of like-minded people living together. Several startups have emanated from this concept of sharing the home space with others and today they are big companies.
It’s all about doing your share and making your time at home fulfilling and energizing. Loneliness is for no species on this planet – it’s sort of a trap that no one wants. Once you try it, co-living can be a great experience for anyone.