Thursday, August 22, 2013

An Innie or an Outie?

I always considered myself an extrovert, and my Myers-Briggs typology has repeatedly revealed me to be one, but this recent article in the Huffington Post has me thinking otherwise. According to Huff-Po, the following are 23 telltale signs you are an innie:
  1. You find small talk cumbersome.
  2. You go to parties, not to meet people, but to hang out with people you already know.
  3. You feel alone in a crowd.
  4. Networking makes you feel like a phony.
  5. You've been called "too intense."
  6. You're easily distracted.
  7. Downtime doesn't feel unproductive to you.
  8. Giving a talk in front of 500 people is less stressful than having to mingle with those people afterwards.
  9. When you sit on a subway, you sit at the end of the bench, instead of the middle.
  10. You shut down (feel tired and unresponsive) after being active for too long.
  11. You're in a relationship with an extrovert.
  12. You'd rather be an expert at one thing than try to do everything.
  13. You avoid shows that require audience participation.
  14. You screen all your calls - even from friends.
  15. You notice details others don't.
  16. You have a constantly running inner monologue.
  17. You have low blood pressure.
  18. You've been called an "old soul" - since your 20s.
  19. You don't feel "high" from your surroundings, like a rock concert, etc.
  20. You are detail-oriented but also like to look at the big, abstract picture.
  21. You've been told to "come out of your shell."
  22. You're a writer.
  23. You alternate between phases of work and solitude, and periods of social activity - i.e., you need to recover by being alone after too much social interaction. 
Surprisingly to me, I can say yes to half of them, #s:  7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 17, 20, 22, and 23.

Introverts are in good company. Here is a list of 16 outrageously successful introverts, including Abraham Lincoln, Christina Aguilera, and the very chatty George Stephanopoulos.

{Photo: Flavio hiking, Big Sur 2012}

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