Lately, I find myself wanting to know more about my personality. Just last week, I wrote about my top five strengths. At this point in my life, there is very little room for mistakes. I want to be focusing my time and energy on what I love to do the most.
This week, I am reading up on being an introvert.
Oh, I am definitely one. Growing up, I thought I was a freak or a loner. I used to keep to myself a lot. I never really excelled in school. I was not out spoken. I was happy in my little corner. But boy, I was diligent.
I had to get out of the "introvert shell" when I started working. I had to deal with different types of people. It definitely was a stretch for me.
But I keep on going back to my introvert self. After all, it is who I am.
It's nothing bad at all.
I am currently reading Susan Cain's book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. I want to learn about this power I'm supposed to have. How being an introvert is to my advantage.
In the first chapter of the book, I took this quiz to find out if I really am an introvert. I marked the following statements TRUE.
- I prefer one-on-one conversations to group activities.
- I often prefer to express myself in writing. (And that's why I have this blog!)
- I enjoy solitude. (This happens rarely now that I am married and a mom of a toddler.)
- I seem to care less than my peers about wealth, fame, and status.
- I dislike small talk (YES!), but I enjoy talking in depth about topics that matter to me.
- People tell me that I am a good listener.
- 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. (THIS IS CLASSIC ME.)
- 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. (Yes!)
- I often let calls go through to voice mail (Or missed calls. The only person whose call I always answer is my husband's.)
- If I had to choose, I'd prefer a weekend with absolutely nothing to do to one with too many things scheduled. (I am enjoying that weekend now.)
There is more to being an introvert and I am excited to find out what these things are. I will share what they are when I finished the book.
If you are curious about the book, you can check it out from Amazon.com.
Are you also an introvert like me? I want to hear from you.