am I in or am I out?

This article 19983-1medin American Way magazine caught my attention — and aggravated my personality confusion again. At the bottom of the article is this chart with characteristics of extroverts (outies) and introverts (innies):

Extroverts:

  • talk first, think later
  • seek out other people
  • are transparent, easy to read
  • tend to be “babbling brooks”: people often tune them out
  • draw energy from other people

Introverts:

  • think first, talk later
  • prefer going solo
  • show fewer facial expressions
  • don’t speak up too often: people tend to tune in when they do
  • are energized by time spent alone

outies-innies-chart

I highlighted my characteristics in BOLD above, i.e. seek out other people + transparent + draw energy from other people + think first, talk later + show fewer expressions + don’t speak up too often. So what am I? Extrovert or introvert? Being alone drives me NUTS.

More than enough to give me a personality complex.

Now I lay me down to sleep. Gotta get up for an early morning meetup.

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6 Responses

  1. The Misfit Toy says:

    I used to think I was an extrovert, using criteria similar to what are listed there. Then I ran into the Myers-Briggs express. Accoring to their sorter, I am an introvert with a big fat capital I, not eveb close on the I/E scale.

    Its all just words trying to describe a reality which is more complex than an duality, (or any comprehensive collection of dualities).

  2. djchuang says:

    Yup, that's the ticket.. these personality tests oversimplify the richness and complexity of what it is to be human.

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