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From the Heart Media Television Shows and videos developed by media psychotherapist, interviewer and talk show host, Sheri Meyers Gantman, to facilitate personal growth and improve your health and relationships. Straight from the Heart TV
Sheri Meyers Gantman - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Marti Olsen Laney
Introverts & Extroverts

"Introverts are like a rechargeable battery. They need to stop expending energy and rest in order to recharge.
Extroverts are like solar panels that need the sun to recharge. Extroverts need to be out and about to refuel."

Marti Olsen Laney

Are you an Introvert or an Extrovert?
Look over the two lists of qualities below and see which characteristics are more like you.

Do you.....?
Likes to be in the thick of things
Relish variety, bored with sameness
Know lots of people, consider them friends
Enjoy chitchatting, even with strangers
Feels stoked after activity, eager for more
Tend to speak or act without needing to think first
Are generally quite peppy
Tend to talk more than listen
Dislike being alone with nothing much to do

Do you.....?
Prefer to relax alone or with a few close friends, communicating on a one-to-one level
Consider only deep relationships as friends
Need rest after outside activities even ones you enjoy
Often listen more than talk, but talk a lot about topics of importance to you
Appear calm, self-contained, and like to observe
Tend to think before you act or speak
Experience mind going blank in groups or under pressure
Like to have quiet time for reflection and to recharge

Dislike to feel rushed

So what happens when introverts and extroverts get together in relationship?
Which relationship pairings works best?
How can you best handle the conflict of differences?

Differences are neither good nor bad, it's how you interpret them. They can add spice to your relationship, or they can pull you apart. Join Sheri and her guest, Marti Olsen Laney as they discuss the advantages and challenges of the following four relationship combinations:

Introverted Male with Extroverted Female

Introverted Female with Extroverted Male

Introvert with Introvert
Extrovert with Extrovert

Learn specific things you can do to bridge the gap of differences, resolve conflicts and appreciate each other even more.


Marti Olsen Laney, Psy.D., is a licensed marriage and family therapist and an introvert who has been married to an extrovert for over 30 years. She certainly knows all the relationship trouble spots and how to cope with them. On our show she provides tools and tips to improve your relationship with your partner. In her wonderful book, "The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World", Dr. Laney dispels the myths of what introversion is and isn't and shows introverts and the extroverts who love them, how to survive and thrive and make the most of their hidden strengths.

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