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HVP November 2018

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16 Hudson Valley Parent n November 2018 where they are around others and present as talkative, sociable, enthusiastic, friendly and outgoing." Introverts, on the other hand, thrive on being by themselves and remaining in their own inner world. "They appear to be quieter, reserved, introspective and imaginative," Gugluizza says. Extroverts tend to make friends easily and are active in team sports and extracurriculars. "They are willing to share thoughts and ideas, are good at problem-solving and working in groups, very good at displaying and discussing their emotions, and take on leadership roles," Gugluizza says. Introverts rely on themselves for problem-solving and spend a lot of time thinking and developing feelings and ideas. "They are able to understand themselves and others, are self-aware and reflective, and have their own value system By ELORA TOCCI F or some children, walking into a lunchroom filled with their peers is a thrill. For others, this can be overwhelming or even terrifying. How your child responds to a social situation like lunchtime at school depends largely on the temperament she is born with - commonly known as introversion and extroversion. Often combined with personality types, introversion and extroversion are innate temperaments that shape how children process their environment and interact with others. What's the diff erence? "Extroverts thrive on being around other people and feeding off of their energy," says Sarah Gugluizza, a licensed clinical social worker with a private therapy practice in Stone Ridge. "They seek out situations internally and aren't as vulnerable to peer pressure," says Gugluizza. She also says they tend to be good listeners with long attention spans. Nourish both temperaments Despite these differences, neither temperament is more desirable than the other. What really matters is how the temperament is nourished according to Dr. Nicholas Batson, division lead for psychiatry at Crystal Run Healthcare. "If a parent and child have different temperaments, it's important to help parents understand what the child needs," he says. "Introverts may need to sit in their rooms and read a book for 20 minutes to decompress when they get home from school. Extroverts may want to run around the block, play with friends or tell their parents all about their day." When siblings have different temperaments from one another, they thrive when parents spend Will your introverted child be successful? The di erence between extroverts and introverts

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