The more you learn about introversion and extroversion, the more you might realize you’ve misunderstood these concepts. So here are a couple ways to see what actually fits for YOU.
Learning I was an introvert was one of the most important things I’ve ever done for finding fulfillment and ease in work and life. I promise it matters that you know your type because… when you spend more time doing things in line with your type, you feel energized and can unleash your gifts more easily. If you spend more time doing things against your type, you feel drained and you’re less effective. Been there!” ~Val Nelson
1. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
This is the most research-based tool I know of for assessing where you fit on the introvert-extrovert spectrum. It’s also great for understanding other parts of your personality like how you make decisions, and how you get things done. The official, most accurate, version is done in the context of working with a professional who can help make sure it is accurate.
You can take a free online version of MBTI here.
(Contact me if you want to schedule a free call to discuss the results and how it applies to your life and work.)
2. Quick Introvert-Extrovert Quiz
Here’s a quick quiz, below, to assess introversion or extroversion. “This is an informal 12 question quiz, adapted from Quiet by Susan Cain, based on characteristics of introversion commonly accepted by contemporary researchers.”
“The Quiet Quiz”
[Reprinted with permission from Susan Cain. Original source is here.]
This quiz is primarily designed for assessing introvert tendencies.
Note which ones feel most true or false for you. Go with your gut.
- I prefer one-on-one conversations to group activities.
- I often prefer to express myself in writing.
- I enjoy solitude.
- I seem to care about wealth, fame, and status less than my peers.
- People tell me that I’m a good listener.
- I’m not a big risk-taker.
- I enjoy work that allows me to “dive in” with few interruptions.
- I like to celebrate birthdays on a small scale, with only one or two close friends or family members.
- People describe me as “soft-spoken” or “mellow.”
- I prefer not to show or discuss my work with others until it’s finished.
- I tend to think before I speak.
- I often let calls go through to voice-mail.
- If you answered the majority of questions TRUE, you’re probably an introvert.
- If you had 6 of each, you might be an ambivert (right in the middle).
- If you had more FALSE answers, you’re probably an extrovert.
Now What Does It Mean for You?
Now that you feel more confident about your “type,” take a little time to learn what it really means. I promise it will pay off.
Here’s a good starting place for learning about introversion, and extroversion. Even if you think you understand it, read anyway because there are so many misconceptions. It’s probably not what you think it is.
If you confuse introversion and shyness, or wonder how they’re connected, start here: Shyness and Introversion: The differences and the connection