Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Numerology might offer you an entirely different perspective on where you fall within the introvert-extrovert range.

We often think of the extrovert as the person who loves people—who isn’t shy and in fact is quite the opposite.  Traditionally they are the ones who love the spotlight and thrive with attention and approval from outside sources.   This is the person you’ll find as the top sales person, the bold one who asks the man or the woman out after meeting for five minutes at a bar, or who actively seeks and needs to be around people much of the time.

And then there’s the introvert.  Traditionally, this is the person who is innately shy and reserved—the person who is difficult to “read” or to understand where they’re really coming from.  They’re often soft spoken or simply listen more than they talk.  They’re the ones who prefer to curl up with a good book rather than spend the evening at a party or concert.

And yet Numerology offers perhaps a different perspective on the introvert and the extrovert.  Dr. Juno Jordan—and other Numerologists—make the observation that there are particular numbers that are innately extroverted and innately introverted.  And they might surprise you.

According to this line of thinking, the introvert numbers are the 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 – all of the odd numbers.

The extrovert numbers are the even numbers – 2, 4, 6, and 8.

Why?

The Odd Numbers

Numerologically speaking, the odd numbers have tendencies to be much more self-motivated and—in many ways—more self-centered.  Not in a negative way, per se.  Simply speaking, the influence of the odd numbers has a strong drive to achieve on its their and therefore often find themselves needing to be more self-reliant.  The odd numbers often require longer moments of isolation and self-reflection that show up as time spent in solo pursuit of whatever it is they are creating.  While they ultimately will present their bold and gregarious personalities and creations to the world at large, their process getting there actually requires more isolation and “me” time.

Yet if we were to think of what might be the basic defining qualities of an extrovert, we might see just the opposite.  Often the 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 are the ones on the front lines, so to speak.  They are the ones who are leading, entertaining, and creating things that must be put out into the world in a way that requires some chutzpah, right?    And yet these numbers don’t achieve this without relying on introverted tendencies, like retreating to work on their book, doing the research, writing the music, studying the script, inventing the product or service.  They need a concerted amount of internal time.

The Even Numbers

And so how to look at the extroverted even numbers?  These are often the numbers we think are “team players”—with some possible shyness.  These folks often shrink from anything resembling the spotlight.  The 2 is meditative and loving, the 4 loyal and hardworking, the 6 nurturing and visionary, and the 8 business and organization-minded.  Yet in this case, the even numbers rely upon and need be to around others more often than the odd numbers. Their values are all about engaging with others in order to perform their mission.   So while the even numbers might have tendencies that draw them more into the background than the vibe of the odd numbers, they are extroverted insofar as they need engagement with other people much more consistently in order to feel on task.  They want others to be happy, to feel safe and secure, and have an innate understanding how to drive group dynamics to create something as a whole.  Community and having a clear sense of belonging is often an important characteristic for the even numbers.

Dr. Jordan observes that the 1, 5, and 7 are the “go-getters.”  These are the people who initiate and push things forward according to their own ground-rules.

Then the 2, 4, and 8 are considered to be the “carry-outers.”  These are the personalities who manage activity, modulate it, and keep the group working toward a common goal.  These are the people who know what it takes on a practical level to get things accomplished.

And Dr. Jordan considers the 3, 6, and 9 the “easy-takers.”  These are the folks who enjoy the finer things in life and feel that it is their destiny to have what they want.  She sees that this person has the capacity to easily create substantial financial abundance by allowing others to help and support their intentions.  These are the creatives who can see a bigger picture to ultimate success and are most often aren’t afraid of taking the detours that will take them to success.  They are more apt to have more of a comfort zone with stepping outside the line and taking a non-linear path.  (See Dr. Juno Jordan, Numerology:  The Romance in Your Name and Many Things on Numerology:  Controversies and Questions).

And of course no one is just one or just the other.  We are always a mixture and it’s fun to see how these aspects engage with us not only with our Life Path number, but with our chart as a whole.

This might offer a different perspective on how you view the numbers in relationship to how you feel you actually embody and act upon your own balance of both introverted and extroverted energies.  There is great insight and relief to be had in knowing what our tendencies are and how to work with them optimally in our lives.

About Felicia Bender, Ph.D

Felicia Bender Ph.D – The Practical Numerologist is the author of Redesign Your Life: Using Numerology To Create the Wildly Optimal You. She’s passionate about helping people use numerology as a tool to improve their everyday lives. She’s a contributor for The Elephant Journal, The Numinous, and is resident numerologist for AstroStyle.com. See her at FeliciaBender.com.

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