I believe that it is important for introverts to have at least one friendship or close relationship with an extrovert (for me, my only friendship). It can be very beneficial to have a friend who is so different from you. It may seem like an odd couple situation and I guess in a way it is, but that can actually be a good thing. Here are a few reasons why a friendship with an extrovert is a good thing.
THEY KNOW HOW TO NAVIGATE A PARTY
Were you invited to a function that you don’t want to go alone to? Bring your extroverted friend and attach them to your hip! If you run into people and they strike up a conversation, your extroverted friend will help to ensure that there aren’t any awkward lulls in the conversation. They always know the right thing to say! Never fear awkwardly sitting alone by the chips when you have your extroverted friend in tow. Extroverts have a knack for charming the inner party animal out of you. That being said, don’t be surprised if when you bring your extroverted friend to the party you somehow wind up tipsy in the middle of the dance floor dancing like there’s no one watching!
THEY ALWAYS KNOW A GUY
Looking for a new job? They know of someone who can get your foot in the door at the company you’re interested in. Having car troubles? They know a trustworthy mechanic who won’t charge you an arm and a leg. Getting over a breakup and ready to get out there and mingle again? They LITERALLY know a guy (or girl) who would be perfect for you. Your extroverted friend is constantly meeting new people on their extroverted adventures and they know a lot of people who can be of benefit to you! Utilize this resource!
THEY KNOW ALL OF THE HOTSPOTS
On the rare occasion that you wanna have a night out on the town, they know the perfect restaurant, party, bar, whatever! They know all of the cool local spots that you didn’t even know existed because why would you? You were at home reading or something. My extroverted best friend (again, only friend) once had me go out to a comedy club with her. It was fucking amazing. So call up your extroverted friend the next time you have enough energy stored up for a shenanigan or two!
THEY BALANCE YOU OUT
Having a friend who’s an extrovert is very good for your personal growth. It’s nice to have someone help to shift your perspective on things. They encourage you try out new things and meet new people that you otherwise may have never considered. They teach you that not everything is as threatening as you may have originally thought and they can help you to broaden your horizons.
THEY GIVE GREAT PEOPLING ADVICE
Sometimes the word people can feel like a verb to an introvert. It feels like a thing that you “do”. It feels like work. And sometimes you feel like you just don’t have the social capacity to do it. Well, the extrovert in your life knows how to people very well. Maybe you need advice on how to ask someone out (or break up with someone). Maybe you need advice on which angle to approach your boss when asking for a raise. Maybe you….I don’t know. You get it. Whatever the case may be, your extroverted friend is a “people whisperer” of sorts and they have great advice for you when you find yourself in tough situations regarding people.
THEY WILL CALL THE PIZZA MAN
Naturally, I saved the most important reason for last. An introvert’s gotta eat after all! There will be times in your life when you will come across a takeout place that does not have the option to order online and if you’re a bit socially awkward like me, this can be a bit daunting. But, this is where your extrovert friend comes in to save the day. They could care less about calling up some random stranger and ordering food from them. God bless the extrovert!
Do you have a close friendship with an extrovert? Let me know how it’s benefited you!