Are you an introvert?

11/09/2013

The Guardian has a quiz which asks are you an introvert?

You scored 15 out of a possible 20

You have a tendency towards being introvert. The higher your score, the more introvert you probably are. The nearer to 10 your score is, the nearer to being an ambivert you are (yes, there really is such a word). But even if you answered every single question as an introvert or extrovert, that doesn’t mean that your behaviour is predictable across all circumstances. We can’t say that every introvert is a bookworm or every extrovert wears lampshades at parties any more than we can say that every woman is a natural consensus-builder and every man loves contact sports. As Jung felicitously put it, “There is no such thing as a pure extrovert or a pure introvert. Such a man would be in the lunatic asylum.

These quizzes aren’t scientific, and there is debate on how valid the labels extravert and introvert are.

But any of these tests I’ve done, including a two-day Myers Briggs workshop, always put me in the introvert space.

If I remember correctly, Susan Cain mentioned in her book Quiet, The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking that a lot of bloggers are introverts.

Her website asks the same questions the Guardian did and I got a similar finding:

Your personality profile: I. (I = Introvert. E = Extrovert)

Your Personality Profile:

I = Introvert. If you answered the majority of the questions true, you’re probably an introvert. Given the choice, you’ll devote your social energy to the people you care about most, preferring a glass of wine with a close friend to a party full of strangers. You think before you speak, and relish solitude. You feel energized when focusing deeply on a subject or activity that really interests you. You have an active inner life, and are at your best when you tap into its riches. . .

Being introverted doesn’t mean I don’t like people and enjoy being with them.

But I find too many people too often can be too much of a good thing and when I’m peopled-out I need some time by myself to recharge.

That could be one of the attractions of blogging – I can choose when I do it and when I interact with the people who visit.


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