Are You an Introvert or Extrovert?
Have you ever wondered why big parties drain you while energizing others? Or maybe you find loud music makes you more productive while it impedes your coworkers' focus. Understanding where you fall on the introversion/extroversion spectrum is key to maintaining productivity, creativity and mental health.
Gain insight into yourself by taking this quick quiz from the critically-acclaimed Quiet: The Power of Introverts. Answer "true" or "false" to the following questions.
- I prefer one-on-one conversations to group activities.
- I often prefer to express myself in writing.
- I enjoy solitude.
- I seem to care less than my peers about wealth, fame and status.
- I dislike small talk, but I enjoy talking in depth about topics that matter to me.
- People tell me that I'm a good listener.
- I'm not a big risk-taker.
- I enjoy work that allows me to "dive in" with few interruptions.
- I like to celebrate birthdays on a small scale, with only one or two close friends or family members.
- People describe me as "soft-spoken" or "mellow".
- I prefer not to show or discuss my work with others until it's finished.
- I dislike conflict.
- I do my best work on my own.
- I tend to think before I speak.
- I feel drained after being out and about, even if I've enjoyed myself.
- I often let calls go through to voice mail.
- If I had to choose, I'd prefer a weekend with absolutely nothing to do to one with too many things scheduled.
- I don't enjoy multitasking.
- I can concentrate easily.
- In classroom situations, I prefer lectures to seminars.
The more times you answered "true", the more introverted you probably are*. Likewise, the more "false" answers you gave, the more extroverted you're likely to be.
Based on the general consensus of modern researchers on the characteristics of introversion.