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Quick Quiz: Which of the following are signs of introversion? Highly sensitiveDeep ThinkerReflectiveIntrospectiveNegative emotionsSocially AnxiousDefensiveVulnerableAlways prefers solitude over social interaction Answer: Not a single one. Introversion is one of the most misunderstood dimensions of personality. Many people are not aware that the original definition of introversion, as posed by Carl Jung, is not how the term is used in modern personality psychology.
But that’s not introversion. Common Misconceptions About Introversion Whereas Jung based his definitions of extraversion and introversion on his own theory, experience, and intuition, modern psychology identifies personality dimensions empirically, based on what patterns of behavior tend to go together within individuals. In fact, what many people ascribe to introversion really belongs in the intellect/imagination domain . 1. 1. Rise of the Introverts? “Do you get energized by being among others, or by being on your own?”
That is the core of various questions about your inclination towards extraversion or introversion. XIPs find the resulting label often confusing, especially if their real answer is: “That depends.” In this blog I want to clarify why it is relevant for XIPs to be aware of their introverted needs, and to take them seriously, even if their environment tends to go against this. There is also a webpage on this site about Extraversion / Introversion as a facet of Xidentity. Introversion gets more attention About ten years ago I found on the internet a March 2003 article from The Atlantic Monthly by Jonathan Rauch titled: Caring for Your Introvert: The habits and needs of a little-understood group adding the illustration as shown here.
Courage needed Susan Cain’s approach Recently I read Susan Cain’s book: Quiet, the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking. Almost all XIP’s introverted? Vehement. Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network. So I heard you guys like introverts. How to Grow Your Personal Brand When You're an Introvert. A Survival Guide Introverts.
The six biggest mistakes of managing an introvert. Caring for Your Introvert. The habits and needs of a little-understood group From Atlantic Unbound: Interviews: "Introverts of the World, Unite!
" (February 14, 2006) A conversation with Jonathan Rauch, the author who—thanks to an astonishingly popular essay in the March 2003 Atlantic—may have unwittingly touched off an Introverts' Rights revolution. Follow-up: The Introversy Continues Jonathan Rauch comments on reader feedback about introvert dating—and poses a new question Do you know someone who needs hours alone every day? If so, do you tell this person he is "too serious," or ask if he is okay? If you answered yes to these questions, chances are that you have an introvert on your hands—and that you aren't caring for him properly. I know. Oh, for years I denied it. What is introversion? Extroverts are energized by people, and wilt or fade when alone. The Introvert's Corner. How to Grow Your Personal Brand When You're an Introvert. Are You an Introverted Boss? - Douglas R. Conant. By Douglas R.
Conant | 10:19 AM April 4, 2011 Every time I’ve taken a Meyers-Briggs test, I score high on the introversion scale. As an introvert, I enjoy being by myself. I sometimes feel drained if I have to be in front of large groups of people I don’t know. After I’ve been in a social situation — including a long day at work — I need quiet time to be alone with my thoughts and recharge. So how do I manage this? Introverts need thinking time. Introverts aren’t as aloof as they appear. One of the best ways I’ve found to help people overcome their discomfort around my behavior is to simply declare myself. I’ve also found that doing this helps people become much more comfortable about declaring themselves to me.
Introverts benefit from familiar touchstones. In the end, we introverts never really change our stripes, though we too often put ourselves through painful contortions in attempting to adapt to other people’s styles. Douglas R. The Introvert-Friendly Office. RSA Animate - Re-Imagining Work. Susan Cain: The power of introverts.