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What are the difficulties of being an extrovert?

I am an introvert. And I have my own personal difficulties from being so. But I was curious to know what might be difficult for you extroverted people out there, because of your extroversion. Or what misconceptions there might be about extroversion. What are the pros and cons of extroversion?
And just so we're on the same page of what introversion and extroversion are, here's a couple videos on defining introversion and extroversion.
"Introvert vs. Extrovert Conversation"

"Introverts and Extroverts Have Different Brains"


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  • Sep 26 2013: One difficulty of being and extrovert is the expectation (by ourselves and others who may rely on us) to regularly respond confidently in any given situation. It seems to be a very natural phenomenon to be or not to be introverted or extroverted, not just for humans but also for most other living creatures, they too have their very own personalities, perceptions and perspectives of life. I think an advantage of being an extrovert is that theyare often open to many possibilities, and usually have a positive approach to getting the best out of a situation. Extroverts often display a confident and strong personality, and with the use their positive body language, they can have the ability to bluff or act their way out of a potentially difficult or dangerous situation.Often muggers pick their victims based on their body language, and identify them an easy target of a person who lacks confidence in themselves.
    In the beginning, and in the end, we are who we are, for better or for worse.
    Thank you (who ever may read this response ) for taking the time to read this, and thank you too Austin for your thought provoking question.
    All the best.
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      Oct 17 2013: I find this to be true as well. Confidence seems to come naturally to us extroverts, but I've also had to learn how to manage expectations when it comes to failure. I'm perfectly fine with making mistakes, but because of my extroverted nature, I think people confuse my willingness to fail with a complete assurance that things will turn out the way I expect them to. If something just doesn't work, my thought is usually "oh well", but the introverts I initially onboarded with an experiment seem crushed at the failure and horrified at what they see as my lack of commitment. They just don't understand why I'm not devastated when something I've worked hard for simply doesn't work.

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