Are you more of an introvert or extrovert?
Introvert or Extrovert: Take the Quiz
Don’t answer how you think you’re supposed to. Choose the answer that is most true for you, most of the time. For some questions, you may have a hard time choosing. When there is no perfect answer, pick the option you are most drawn to. If you’re really stumped, you may want to ask someone close to you to weigh in.
To learn more about introversion and extroversion, see the resources below.
If You’re More of an Introvert
If your quiz result shows that you’re more of an introvert, you tend to…
- Look at life from the inside out.
- Gain energy through inner reflection and solitude.
- Get more excited by ideas than by external activities.
- Prefer a few deep, close relationships to many casual ones.
- Feel tired and drained after socializing, even if you enjoyed it.
- Listen well and expect others to do the same.
- Think first and talk later.
- Express yourself well in writing.
You can read more about what it means to be an introvert here.
If You’re More of an Extrovert
If your quiz result shows that you’re more of an extrovert, you tend to…
- Be primarily interested in and concerned with the external world.
- Gain energy from socializing and being “out and about.”
- Find your energy is depleted when you spend too much time alone.
- Prefer talking with someone rather than sitting alone and thinking.
- Think as you speak.
- Express yourself well verbally.
- May seem “always on the go.”
- May come across as confident, friendly, and assertive.
Temperaments Are Born, Not Made
You have an innate temperament, a way that you gain energy and prefer to interact with the world. Introversion and extroversion are temperaments. About 30-50 percent of the population are thought to be introverts.
You are shaped by both your genes and experiences. Research shows that you were likely born an introvert or extrovert, and that preference will stick with you for life. Introverts will probably always have a preference for calm and solitude, while extroverts will thrive in more stimulating environments.
However, people change. You have new experiences and learn new things. You grow and stretch as a person. In fact, research shows that people tend to change over their lifetime — and usually for the better. That’s because our personalities, not temperaments, grow and develop.
That means your temperament doesn’t have to “doom” you. If you’re an introvert who wants to, say, become a better conversationalist, you can learn and practice those skills. Likewise, extroverts can learn to slow down, listen more, and enjoy solitude.
Above all, honor your temperament — and also know that you can work on anything that holds you back.
No Pure Introverts or Extroverts
No two introverts (or extroverts) are exactly alike. What’s true for one introvert may be be quite different for another. Each introvert has a different level of tolerance for stimulation. Each extrovert will vary in their need for “people” contact, among other things.
Also, there is no such thing as a pure introvert or extrovert. “Such a man would be in the lunatic asylum,” the famous psychotherapist Carl Jung once noted. Introversion and extroversion are on a spectrum, meaning, they are not all-or-nothing traits. Everyone acts introverted at times and extroverted at other times. It’s all about what your preference — in general — is.
Why It’s Important to Understand Your Temperament
It’s powerful to understand your temperament, because when you live a life that complements your nature, you unleash incredible stores of energy.
On the other hand, when you spend too much time fighting your nature, the opposite happens, and you end up depleting yourself. If you’re an introvert who has been stuffing your schedule full of social events — and leaving no time for solitude — you won’t feel or function at your best. If you’re an extrovert whose career forces you to be alone for long periods of time, you’re probably not living your best life. Working with your temperament rather than fighting against it will ultimately make you happier, more productive, and more present for the people in your life.
Learn More About Introversion
Check out the bestselling book, The Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World, by Introvert, Dear founder Jenn Granneman.
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