Introvert 101

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.

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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

Are you also an introvert like me? I want to hear from you.

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  1. 2,4,5,7,9,11,13,14 --- these bullets best describe me. that's why pala we can so relate with each other. Haha!


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