Innie or Outie?

In my moments of solitude, I’ve wondered if I was a closet introvert (pun intended.) Happily, I came across the Quiet Quiz on Susan Cain’s web site. Susan is the author of the book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.” Now I know the meaning of life! Ok, no, but now I have an idea of how my mostly extroverted side compares to my sometimes introverted side.

Here are my responses to the 12 True/False questions:

1. I prefer one-on-one conversations to group activities.
There are times when I prefer one-on-ones, but on the most part, I like to catch up with my cherished girl-groups (not to be mistaken with girl-bands. Although, we’re those too.)

2. I often prefer to express myself in writing.
While I’m enjoying this new(-to-me) outlet of blogging, I’ve always kept a journal in some form.

3. I enjoy solitude.
(Mostly) True.
Some days, I revel in Karen time with my PVR or Netflix. Other days, it’s like living with the Riddler, what with all the questions I ask the hubz in my desire to catch up and connect after a long day.

4. I seem to care about wealth, fame, and status less than my peers.
Ya, no. I strive to be the Best. Project. Manager. Ever.

5. People tell me that I’m a good listener.
I’m a chronic interrupter, and constantly have to put myself in check to remain attentive and quiet. I even interrupt myself. Sorry, self.

6. I’m not a big risk-taker.
While at times I enjoy the fruits of the mantra “do what scares you”, there’ll be no sky diving for me, thank you very much.

7. I enjoy work that allows me to “dive in” with few interruptions.
It’s hard for me to focus on one task for an extended period of time, unless I’m on deadline. I prefer to jump around like a hummingbird.

8. I like to celebrate birthdays on a small scale, with only one or two close friends or family members.
Unless it’s a milestone, I prefer low-key birthdays. Because I’m old now.

9. People describe me as “soft-spoken” or “mellow.”
This is never, ever true. Ok, wait, maybe in yoga. But outside Karen is loud.

10. I prefer not to show or discuss my work with others until it’s finished.
Just like Kanye, I enjoy collaborations, especially on something I haven’t done before.

11. I tend to think before I speak.
Nope. I suffer from verbal diarrhea.

12. I often let calls go through to voice-mail.
Now you know why I don’t answer the phone. Just text me.

My results?

E/I = Ambivert. If you answered the questions evenly, true and false,
you’re probably an ambivert – meaning that you fall smack in the middle
of the introvert-extrovert spectrum. In many ways, ambiverts have the best of
both worlds, able to tap into either pole as needed.

I’m indecisive, so this makes sense.

I think.


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