Introversion and Extroversion in the Torah
Apparently, there are two types of people, introverts and extroverts, and these personality categories are seen in the archetypes of our forefathers, Abraham and Isaac. Abraham, the prototypical extrovert, is associated with the characteristic of chesed, which means “kindness.” As the father of outreach, Abraham’s kindness, which manifested as an outward expression of love and benevolence to humanity, was directed externally. On the other side of the scale is his son Isaac, the prototypical introvert, to whom is attributed the trait of gevurah, meaning “strength,” expressed as being inner-directed, reserved, self-disciplined and self-effaced.
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