Internal Processor-

Needs time and space to process emotions, and “digest” thoughts-

Difficulty identifying and articulating thoughts and feelings-

Becomes anxious if pursued to resolve conflict quickly, or is rushed or the other person becomes upset-dislikes and avoids conflict-

Needs encouragement to come back and enter into discussion following alone time-

Deliberate, methodical communication-

External Processor

Can identify thoughts and feelings right away-

Difficulty sitting with thoughts and feelings-

Becomes very anxious if the other person is not available/willing  to “fix it” right away-Dislikes conflict but believes it is worth it to reach resolution and relief-

Has difficulty waiting and allowing the other processing time-

Is challenged by trying to listen and not interrupt-

Spontaneous, free-flow communication