The Un-Extrovert

extrovert vs introvert

No, I don’t mean introvert, I just mean… not an extrovert.

Today’s prompt is all about personality types. Growing up, I’d always be classified as an extrovert- I THRIVE off of being around people and having deep conversations with them. However, after a good amount of time and human interaction, my introvert side comes out and I NEED to have some time along, probably with a cup of coffee and book to settle myself again. I need time alone to process everything and bring myself peace. More and more often I find that being in rooms with many people makes me more nervous than comfortable, and crowds aren’t really my thing.

Recently, I’ve been classified by tests like the Myers-Briggs test as an introvert or right on the line between the two. This is interesting to me to see how my personality develops as I mature and become an adult.

Whether that first letter continues to be an I or goes back to an E, I feel comfortable with how the rest of the letters play out.

I(E)SFP

Sensing, feeling, perceiving.

I am perceptive of others’ feelings, empathetic, and make decisions based off of emotions rather than rational thought- which sometimes get’s me in trouble, but seems to have worked for me this far!

Sometimes I feel like these types of tests try to put us in neat little boxes, and there is so much more to us as people than four letters can really predict. I think it gives us a nice idea of the way our minds may work but of course there is so much more that can be said. To keep this blog post from becoming a novel, I’ll spare you on the details of my own personality!

What personality type are you? Do you agree with the results these types of tests give you? Why or why not?

 

10 thoughts on “The Un-Extrovert

  1. Eadaoin | Oh, Hello

    My organisation is big on MBTI and I was really hesitant to take it when I first joined. I really felt like all it would do would push me into a box and I was not happy! In the end I came out 50/50 on E/I and S/N but almost 100% F and J, so I know exactly what you mean about being an un-extrovert. Somedays you just need to be alone! While I do think it can be a bit limiting I relied on too much, it’s definitely a good tool to use to start thinking about your preferences, and super helpful when thinking about how you work with others on your team. As an aside, did you take that photo of Liverpool Street station?! I was just there this morning, small world!

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    1. Destiny Post author

      Unfortunately, this was just a stock photo that I used- I have been there though! I’m glad I’m not the only one on the brink of these tests. I’m on such a line that it makes it hard to put me in either category. Like you said, it’s a great start as long we know to look further than that as well!

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  2. Alisha

    How crazy is it that my post for today is about being an introvert haha Ive taken the test before but like you said I felt like i was being put into a box.

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  3. Stephanie

    I’m a mix of both. I can really work a group of friends and can handle myself in large social settings. However, I would be just as happy if I was hanging out at home, in comfy clothes on the couch reading a good book.

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  4. Nicki Rochead

    I do think it varies vastly on which day you take the tests and external factors around you. Most people are somewhere in the middle in my experience. I have been classified as both before now and I’m not sure I would put myself in either category. In fact I think I like the new category you invented!

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  5. Melody

    I’m an INFP. In the past two or so years I’ve really learned just want it meant to be an introvert. A lot of people are surprised when I tell them because they (I did too) typically think introvert= quiet/ shy. I wouldn’t go as far to call myself an ambivert, but I definitely have a lot of extroverted moments.

    xo

    Mel @ http://www.marevoli.com

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