i’ve been told recently that i am a calming influence. i guess i’m doing a really great job keeping the crazy in. while it’s true i try not to get too worked up about the small things, if you look super closely you could probably see the inner me quaking. i have been doing a lot of thinking about the introvert and extrovert concept. dushie gave me the test and it turns out i am a mix of both. stubby hubs hunk straddles the line between them both as well. he leans more toward the introvert. i’m smack dab in the middle with a total of 15 trues. here’s the test, i’d love to hear where all of you stand and see if it is at all surprising.
please answer all of the questions with true or false:
i feel drained after social situations, even when i enjoy myself.
i prefer to be introduced rather than introducing others.
i can become grouchy if i’m around people or activities too long.
i often feel uncomfortable in new surroundings.
i like people to come to my home, but i don’t like them to stay too long.
i often dread returning phone calls.
i find my mind sometimes goes blank when i meet people or when i am asked to speak unexpectedly.
i talk slowly or have gaps in my words, especially if i am tired or am trying to speak and think at the one time.
i don’t think of casual acquaintances as friends.
i feel as if i can’t show people my work or ideas until they are fully formulated.
other people may surprise me by thinking that i am smarter than i think i am.
when i work on projects, i like to have larger uninterrupted time periods rather than smaller chunks.
i sometimes rehearse things before speaking, occasionally writing notes for myself.
in general, i like to listen more than i like to talk.
people sometimes think i’m quiet, mysterious, aloof, or calm.
i like to share special occasions with just one person or a few close friends, rather than have a big celebrations.
i usually need to think before i respond or speak.
i tend to notice details many people don’t see.
if two people have just had a fight i feel the tension in the air.
if i say i will do something, i almost always do it.
i feel anxious if i have a deadline or pressure to finish a project.
i can “zone out” if too much is going on.
i like to watch an activity for a while before i decide to join in.
i form lasting relationships.
i don’t like to interrupt others: i don’t like to be interrupted.
when i take in a lot of information, it takes me a while to sort it out.
i don’t like overstimulating environments. i can’t see why people would want to watch a horror movie or go on a roller coaster.
i sometimes have strong reactions to smells, foods, tastes, weather, or noises.
i am creative and or imaginative
10-19 true:somewhere in the middle. like being ambidextrous, you are both introverted and extroverted. you may feel torn between needing to be alone and wanting to be out and about. so it’s very helpful to notice when and how you consistently feel more energized. you judge yourself by your own thoughts and feelings and by the standards of others. this gives you a broad view, but at times you may get caught up in seeing both sides of a situation and not know where you stand.
20-29 true: pretty darn introverted. as a result it is extremely important for you to understand how to keep your energy flowing and how your brain processes information. you relate to life through your ideas, impressions, hopes, and values. you are not at the mercy of your external environment.
1-9 true: you are more extroverted. you judge yourself in the light of the reality and values of others. you work within the bounds of what exists to bring about change. as you reach midlife and your body slows down, you may surprise yourself by wanting to take a break from socializing or needing time to yourself and then not knowing what to do. you can develop techniques to help yourself remember what is best for you to do when you need solitude. to do this you will need to balance your extroverting skills with your introverting skills.E