Can Interpreters be Introverts?

First off, what is the difference between an extrovert and introvert? For years, it’s been thought that an introvert is generally standoffish, shy, unsure of themselves, etc. Introversion and extroversion were usual set up as two different personality traits. Either you had one or the other, there wasn’t an in-between. 

In the recent years, scientists have identified what an extrovert and introvert actually are. Introversion and extroversion are not personality traits, rather, the difference comes from how Dopamine is produced, how sensitive the brain is to the stimuli, etc. Meaning, the brain of the introvert and the extrovert are extraordinary different. Not only that, but about 38% of the general populace falls in a category between the two called an “Ambivert”, according to personality psychologist Robert R. McCrae. 

An Ambivert is one who either bounces back and forth from extrovert and introvert, or they’re usually at the optimal level of comfortable arousal. This leads Ambiverts with balance for both calm and stimulating experiences. 

Ambiverts may have a comfortable balance for both experiences, but it isn’t the case for introverts and extroverts. Extroverts are below the ideal level of arousal. This leads extroverts to seek out more stimulating experiences in social situations or dare-devil stunts. By comparison, introverts are above the ideal level of arousal. This leaves introverts highly sensitive to high-charged experiences, such as a parties or other social gatherings. 

Introverts tend to feel drained because their gained energy is internal (they do it alone), rather than external (in a social situation). For an introvert, recharging in a quiet room or home, can be just as necessary as sleep is for the body, suggested by recent research. Likewise for an extrovert, social situations are very much needed to retain a healthy mind and body. 

Is it then possible for an introvert to be an interpreter? Yes, of course. 

“In order to be the best introverted interpreter that I can be, I need to ensure that I am getting my daily dose of “me time” to recharge, and that I am operating within my limits.” Madeleine, an introverted interpreter at the Vancouver Aquarium, said on the Vancouver Aquarium website. “Introverted interpreters bring sensitivity and thoughtfulness to their work.”

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