Based on the quiz in the book, do you think you’re an introvert, an extrovert, or an ambivert? Are you an introvert in some situations and an extrovert in others?
Join Date: 10/11/10
Join Date: 05/09/12
I suppose I am a bit of an ambivert, but I found clear descriptions of my introvert tendencies in this book. I have no problem speaking to a group--large or small. I love listening to others but will participate in and willing lead discussions. I have become a leader in most of the groups I join and was a director-level manager for many years. That said, I cannot be "on" 24/7. I MUST have time and space to "recharge my batteries." That is the expression I have used for many, many years to let my family and friends know when I just have to be left alone. I do enjoy my own company and like to have the time to "live in my head."
Join Date: 04/21/11
The quiz was very revealing to me, because I was reading the book to better understand my compatible husband of 45 years. He always has to ponder a decision, while I make command ones. I never considered myself an introvert, but just someone who would rather be alone, or in small groups. I had no problem as an educator, but found small talk and aggressive personalities uncomfortable. So, I would have to say that I am an ambivert.
Join Date: 04/14/11
Ambivert fits me best. Twenty years ago I would have said introvert. Twenty years ago my husband died and I had to take over his manufacturing business. I was a stay at home mom before that. I was forced to be or act like an extrovert because that is what is expected in business. It was not easy. Not easy at all. Now, 20 years later, I still own the business, have bought another manufacturing company, but have good people that work there, so I do not have to be out in the public as much. I feel so much better. I enjoy being by myself and in my own head. I prefer to hang out with my chickens, horses, dogs and cats. So I think I may turn back into an introvert.
Join Date: 09/07/12
I am an introvert, but I've known that for most of my life. Over the years, though, I have made myself become more comfortable with things like public speaking by being involved in organizations whose goals were important to me.
Join Date: 02/16/13
I think I'm predominantly introvert, though many people would be surprised to hear that. Like some above I learned well how to be "out there", but I would almost always prefer being alone and in my head.
Join Date: 06/16/11
I am definitly an introvert though as cathyk said many people who know me would not think so. I have done lots of public presentations but do a lot of stressing and meticulous prep so that when I am actually on I am
comfortable. If I had to do it everyday I think I would be stressed out a lot. Fortunately have always worked in situations where I had my own space where I could work at my pace in relative quiet.
Join Date: 04/17/11
I am firmly in the introvert category. I can get along in social situations but hate small talk. I would much rather have a more meaningful discussion with a small group of people. I am much happier curled up with a book on a Saturday night than going out dancing. I would rather do just about anything else than speak in public. I have a friend whose 3 year old grandson is autistic - his therapy forces him to socialize and learn social cues. He is not allowed to have his books unless he is being read a bedtime story because his therapist feels he self soothes with books and needs to learn other coping mechanisms. How many of us would be different people today if this was something done to us when we were growing up? How would our world be different if some of our most inventive people were denied access to their way of coping? A good percentage of students at MIT probably fall somewhere on the autism spectrum - would they be where they are if they were denied their books? I think this is another example of an extroverted world forcing their will on children that may be okay growing up introverted and may contribute something great someday.
Join Date: 04/16/12
I have known that I am an introvert for most of my life. I have never enjoyed small talk or being in large groups or being around loud people. At first I thought it may be because I was an only child and around mostly adults all my life, but over the years I have decided that I would just much rather be alone or with very close friends. At work I am forced into acting as an extrovert as that is what is valued and looked at as the 'norm'. However, they have started letting us work from our home some and I find that I am much less stressed when working from home even when the situation itself is stressful. I am able to cope better when by myself than when in a group of people.
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My peeps! I too am an introvert. Many years ago, when I took the MBTI, the X for my place on the I/E scale was actually to the left of the indicator line. That test answered so many questions about myself and has made me more comfortable with who I am. I, too, am one of those people who are assumed to be an extrovert and people are always shocked when I tell them I'm an introvert. They just don't see me when I get home and want to hide under the bed to recover. :)
Join Date: 03/06/13
I'm so enjoying reading these, smiling & nodding at each one.
I'm an introvert in public, except when I'm at my mother's assisted living home being good company.
I'm an extrovert online. Brain + keyboard = lively conversation in silence
So I think I'm an Ambivert.
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Join Date: 08/05/12
Definitely an introvert, but that hasn't prevented me from public speaking (usually in front of a classroom) or from taking a leadership role in a group when necessary. However, the older I get, the more I prefer my own company and find I have less energy and patience for behaving in a way that isn't natural to me.
Join Date: 12/17/12
I'm definitely an introvert. I hate small talk. When I go to a party where I don't know anyone well, I just think about being home. I taught for many years and loved being in front of the class as long as the kids behaved reasonably. I can speak up in a group if I feel strongly enough about something.
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