Thursday, May 10, 2012

Booking Through Thursday - In or Ex?

Booking Through Thursday is asking this question: Do you consider yourself an extrovert or an introvert?

My answer is that I consider myself as introverted and as "homebody-ish" as it is possible to be without crossing over into outright agoraphobia. But that may be stating the matter too strongly, on a given day.

In the Myers-Briggs typology (a test I originally took back in a psychology class in college) I am an INTJ. (See here, if you'd like to take an online version of this test)

For a less scientific online quiz you could try this one:


You Are 20% Extrovert, 80% Introvert




You are quite reserved

You aren't afraid of social situations...

But you very much prefer to go it alone

And why not? You're your own best friend!

I don't think I would say I'm my own best friend (and, side note: I consider Philip my best friend and I consider several other folks close friends) not least because I think that I am often my own worst enemy.

Here are two books that have been helpful to this self professed introvert:



The one thing that annoys me most about the introvert / extrovert question is the assumption that introverts should adapt or learn how to be extroverted. I, probably needless to say, think it should be the other way around.

So, how 'bout you? Would you describe yourself as an introvert or an extrovert? Or are you "none of the above"?
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6 comments:

Thomas Clementson said...

A happy mix of both for me I think. Myers-Briggs is an interesting tool - been years since I tested but I think I'll use your link to see if I rate curmudgeon status yet. Great post.

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Amy said...

I have a hunch....if we lived in the same town we'd be the best of friends, only seeing each other at church twice a week (with exceptions, of course), and both quite happy with that arrangement. :)
I took the quiz and came out 10% / 90%. I laughed out loud... I think it pegged me exactly.

LibrarySnake said...

Quiet was an incredible book. I had the chance to read the ARC and was blown away by some of the things she said.

http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com/2012/05/booking-through-thursday_10.html

Karin said...

Over the years I've taken the Myers-Briggs a number of times and mostly come up with INTJ. What I don't understand is that in my role at work I am extrovert, but in my personal life I prefer the introvert. I've often felt that all these designations for people just put each one of us in a box and almost imply that we can't grow or change. My mom loved the 4 temperaments and for everything that dad ever did she had an explanation - ah, but he is a choleric and that's what they do! It was funny at times - and other times sad. Sort of like, "I may as well be what she says I am!" Interesting things to think on again!

Karin said...

Just did your other quiz and was 50/50. Hmmmm!

Gram said...

Myers-Briggs states that I am ISFJ. I don't think that's any surprise. And in further news, according to the assessment I am in exactly the right professions: teacher, religious worker, and clerical.

I think it's nice to know that I'm doing what the Lord created me to do!

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