Internal vs. External Communication

During a discussion, an introvert may have an entire conversation in their head and pass over the opportunity to say something out loud. There are times this conversation is so vivid in fact it feels to them as though they shared, when actually they didn’t. Extroverts on the other hand, tend to talk out loud as they process their thoughts.

A common response of introverts post interaction is …

I wish I would have said something.

After an conversation, an extravert can be left thinking …

I can’t believe I said that out loud!

Estimated Frequencies of the Introverted and Extraverted Types in the United States Population

% of Population (US)

NF Introvert NF Extravert SJ Introvert SJ Extravert
5.9% 10.6% 25.4% 21.0%
NT Introvert NT Extravert SP Introvert SP Extravert
5.4% 5.0% 14.2% 12.8%

% of Females (US)

NF Introvert NF Extravert SJ Introvert SJ Extravert
6.2% 13.0% 26.3% 23.2%
NT Introvert NT Extravert SP Introvert SP Extravert
2.6% 3.3% 12.3% 13.1%

% of Males (US)

NF Introvert NF Extravert SJ Introvert SJ Extravert
5.4% 8.0% 24.5% 18.7%
NT Introvert NT Extravert SP Introvert SP Extravert
8.1% 6.7% 16.1% 12.5%
*Statistics extrapolated from the Center for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT)