A few weeks ago, my co-workers and I all took part in one of those Myers-Briggs personality tests. A website we work on had just launched a version of the test to help students find the right careers for their personality, and we thought it would be fun to see what results everyone got. For those who aren’t familiar, this test reveals your 4-letter personality type, with letters like “E” standing for “extrovert” and S for “sensing”.
When the results came around, I noticed that out of my 10 coworkers who took the test, I was only 1 of the 2 who ranked as an “introvert”. Everyone was reading their personality type descriptions, focusing on the characteristics that are representative of an extrovert, like being a strong leader, being a “people person”, etc. Although no one in any way, shape or form meant to look down on those of us who identified as an introvert, it sort of felt that way.
I don’t actually consider myself an extrovert OR an introvert. I’m one of those annoying people who thinks I’m a bit of both, depending on the situations. I’m an introvert in the sense that I like having time to myself- to read, watch TV or go shopping.I can be very independent. But I also enjoy meeting new people, going to concerts and dinners and opening up to strangers (like on this blog), which are all qualities of a typical extrovert.
You always see articles about how extroverts and Type-As make great leaders and employees, which sort of makes introverts seem inferior. Just because someone isn’t loud or bossy doesn’t mean they aren’t a hard worker or a valued employee. Just because someone is quiet in a social situation doesn’t make them a bitch. Just because someone turns down a night out doesn’t mean they hate you- they just want some alone time and that’s perfectly normal!
Some people are introverts in situations (such as social situations) based on something serious, like anxiety or depression. I’ve experienced this first-hand and can tell you that many of my introvert qualities stem from that. Does this make me a bad person? No. Does it make me any less of a human being? No. Does this make me a loser who sits at home by herself and cries? No. In fact, I never do that- I have a great, happy life. I simply just exhibit a few introvert qualities that can cause others to judge me.
I’d like to think that I’m living proof that someone who is classified as an introvert- by a silly personality test or someone who is bit too judgmental- can actually be pretty awesome. I put myself out there online on this blog, I have always been a leader within my community (you’re looking at the Class President and Yearbook Editor of her high school) and I truly enjoy connecting with people who have similar interests to mine.
So what do you think- are you an introvert or extrovert? And do you think introverts get a bad rap like I do?