Introverts and Extroverts

What is an introvert or an extrovert? There are stereotypes for these terms that are not very useful. Introverts are quiet and extrovert are loud. Perhaps there are more meaningful ways to think about how these terms might apply to you.

This short exercise uses 10 simple statements adapted from the work of Susan Cain to determine where you sit on a scale from extrovert to introvert. Simply count how many of the statement apply to you.


How many of these statements apply to you?

  • I prefer one to one conversations to group activities.
  • I prefer to express myself in writing.
  • I enjoy being alone.
  • People tell me I’m a good listener.
  • I avoid taking big risks.
  • I like to work without interruption.
  • I like to celebrate birthdays on a  small scale, with only one or two close friends or family members.
  • I prefer not to show or discuss my work with others until it’s finished.
  • I prefer to have time before I speak.
  • I often let calls go through to voice-mail.

0-3 = Extroverts: If you can’t relate to many of the phrases, then perhaps you have more extroverted personality. This suggests that you feed of the energy of those around you and being isolated or alone is tiring.

4-6 = Ambiverts: There is a term for those in the middle, its called Ambivert. For ambiverts it very much depends on context, in some circumstances being around other people is tiring while other times its energizing.

7-10 = Introverts: If you can relate to lots of the phrases above, this suggests that you are more introverted and that perhaps being around over people is draining and spending time by yourself is how you recharge.

You can use this information to make informed decisions about your future

Life Design is all about gathering useful information about yourself that you can then use to make informed decisions. Get tired around other people? Perhaps avoid working in a shared office. Additionally recognizing where you and others get their energy from can make for more effective teams.



Presenter Tips:

This exercise works great as a quick ice-breaker. It gets everybody up on their feet in a number line and in the mindset for self-reflection. As a presenter, you gain a snapshot of what type of participants you are delivering too. This information can be used to tailor the delivery of other exercises to suit the group.

Further Reading:

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