Tuesday, September 20, 2011

introverted

Earlier this summer I came to THIS post called 10 Myths About Introverts via kottke.org.  While I pretty much already knew I was an introvert, something about the content and timing of this really made it stick with me.  The list derived from the book The Introvert Advantage.

I often worry about being perceived as rude and anti-social.  I don't necessarily think of myself as shy, but at the same time I can really have a hard time interacting with people. Reading the list of myths became an 'I am not alone' moment, or rather 'I am not crazy'.  I sent a link to Scott and he declared it jaw-dropping...as if I had been interviewed.  Scott is much more of an extrovert, and sometimes it's challenging to balance ourselves out...we consciously compromise and try to understand each others' needs.  He grabbed this book at the library for me.  I knew I would want to blog about it, so after reading it once through I started over to take notes...but found I was writing nearly everything down. I finally just bought my own copy. 

As with most things in life, there is a gradient to the amount of introvert/extrovert in each person...it's not all or nothing. I do have extroverted tendencies, but, as the results of the self assessment in the book said, I'm 'pretty darn introverted'. According to the same quiz, Scott is actually about 60/40 extrovert/introvert. 

I will be posting more about what I find in this book from time to time because I find it fascinating and am learning more about myself and others...about introverts AND extroverts.   

5 comments:

Petra said...

I haven't heard of this. but sounds like I should read this too! and soon :)

sara said...

we're not weird! we're introverted!

mama said...

I think I'll have to check this book out. I wonder if most teachers are extroverts? Me? I'm a Gemini.

sara said...

Mama, yes you should at least look at it at the library or something...I'd be curious to know what you think :)

Petra said...

I got the book yesterday and am about 1/4 in. it's really interesting and I have to thank you for bringing it to my attention. I have already recommended it to some of my introvert friends :)

by the way, I'm a Gemini with pretty much all of the characteristics we are supposed to have, but I'm also an introvert. it seems like a contradiction, but no, it's possible...

:)