Personality Tests

January 23, 2007

Here’s a link to a fun site with lots of personality tests: SimilarMinds.Com. I’ve only checked out the Short Test under the Jung Tests category. But it correctly identified me as an ISTJ. It’s a good short version of Myers Briggs to get you started if you’ve never taken the test before. But I do recommend that you take the full test and have it administered by someone who can tell you what it all means.

Myers Briggs isn’t about what you are and what you aren’t. It’s about your preferences. At its best, it will help you understand more about yourself and your friends/family/colleagues/etc. so you can have better relationships.

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Join the Conversation

January 16, 2007

A great conversation over on BlogHer about introverts and networking. Go read and post!


What Introverts Are Not

January 16, 2007

I’ve been thinking about all the adjectives that have been used to describe me — some to my face but I’m sure many more behind my back. The thing is — most of these are wrong. Some introverts may be some of these things some of the time. But we are rarely always or only these things:

shy
loner
rude
arrogant
inhibited
quiet
self-conscious
bashful
timid
reserved
apprehensive
mysterious
distrustful
cautious
solitary
reclusive
unsocial
guarded
passive
unconfident
isolated

The one quality on this list I’ve actually cultivated a bit is “mysterious.” This may sound harsh, but I kind of use this as a test for people. If they really want to know me and want to work a bit to figure out the mystery, I’m more inclined to think about them as being a close friend. If they aren’t that interested in trying to figure me out, I keep the relationship on a different level. It kind of just helps me to stay “me.”


Dating for Introverts

January 4, 2007

Found this great article at Salon about introverts dating introverts. It makes so much sense. And explains why I almost loathe even the idea of dating. I would rather have a root canal (and I’ve had three of them) than make small talk with someone just for the sake of making small talk. I have a very good male friend right now and I realized when things really clicked for us (not in that way, but sort of — it’s confusing). It was when we stopped talking and were just silent — drinking coffee, driving in a car, etc. When the silences weren’t uncomfortable, I knew this was someone special in my life. I think that’s how introverts know something is going to work.

(Salon articles are free, but you will have to watch a brief ad to get to the full article.)


Introverts I’ve Known

January 3, 2007

Everyone is different. That seems so obvious that it doesn’t even need to be said. The thing is, you have to try to live with the differences, even celebrate them. Trying to make everyone think and act like you do is going to end up in one very boring world.

I feel that I’m extremely fortunate to have an extrovert for a best friend — N. N and I have known each other for nearly nine years, and we’ve often wondered ourselves how we get along so well. We’re pretty far apart on the introvert-extrovert scale. But it works — probably because, over time, we’ve learned to live with the way we are and not try to change each other.

I used to work with someone, B, who was an extreme introvert. She also had a pretty big ego. All I can say is that big introvert combined with big ego is a very weird combination. My job required managing her and others in project teams. Unfortunately, B wanted everyone to act the way she did. She didn’t like having to answer a direct question (she wanted time to think about the answer first); she certainly didn’t want to be confronted by anyone about anything (although even an innocuous question seemed like an interrogation to her); she always thought everyone was yelling at her; and she actually thought that those around her needed to change their ways to accomodate her style of working.

First of all, that’s never going to happen. You can’t change a person’s inherent nature. Second, her take on reality was seriously skewed by her own introvertedness. She simply could not come out of herself enough to realize that other ways of relating to people were not only acceptable, but often preferable. She spent lots and lots of time complaining about co-workers she didn’t like and spent a lot of time lobbying senior managers to make everyone be “nice” to her. And it was all such a waste of time. It wouldn’t have been easy for her to change, but it might have helped her to grow as a person. And she would have been much less disliked (okay, often hated) by many of her co-workers. B actually did have a lot to offer; she had a lot of great skills and knowledge. But making progress on any project she was on often turned into sheer torture.

I know I’m an introvert and I accept it. I do not expect others to change, only to understand me and where I’m coming from. It’s a win/win situation if we can all do that. I think maybe just a little bit of N’s nature has rubbed off on me and I’m glad it has. What a great gift for an introvert to have an extrovert for a best friend!