This fascinating article by Belle Beth Cooper which appeared in Buffer on 15th August 2013 continues the debate started by Susan Cain‘s book Quiet on the difference between introverts and extroverts.
22 Tips To Better Care for Introverts and Extroverts
Here is something that hit me recently: For a long time I had a certain idea about what makes an introvert or an extrovert. I had always thought that it works something like this:
- Extroversion relates to how outgoing someone is
- Introversion is the same as being shy.
That was kind of my general perception. Doing just a little bit of reading made it clear very quickly - my thinking was way off!
Recently I dug into some of the full-on research about introverts vs extroverts and I think I’m much closer to understanding what the terms introvert and extrovert actually mean. When we briefly discussed this topic internally here at Buffer, a lot of people got very excited. So I hope what I’ve learned
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Susan Cain’s fascinating book Quiet looks at the power of the introvert. Do you know where you are on the introvert/extrovert spectrum? Maybe you are an ambivert? Happiness Experiment no 19 asks you to take Susan Cain’s fun Quiet Quiz. There are no right or wrong answers and both personality types are equally positive but have different strengths. By recognising our personality type we are better able to live a life that is aligned with our true strengths. You can learn more about Susan Cain in her TED talk. Watch this brief animated video for a brief explanation of the differences between introverts and extroverts:
Posted by Shona Lockhart on 15th July 2013
Following on from yesterday’s blog post about whether it is best to be an introvert or an extrovert here are 10 myths about each personality type. Do you agree with these myths and have you decided which personality type best describes you? Maybe you are like me and are bang in the middle of the introvert/extrovert spectrum or maybe you recognise that you are definitely more like one type than the other. Either way it doesn’t matter where in the spectrum your personality lies as each is equally valid and can contribute to society in equal amounts. The important lesson to learn from this debate is that your happiness will be influenced by recognising where you feel your own strengths lie. Trying to fit a square peg in a round hole because you feel your personality type is not a desirable one is not a route to happiness. Your strengths are just as strong as someone else’s strengths – it is really important to remember this.… Read the rest...
I am currently reading a very interesting book by Susan Cain called “Quiet” which eloquently argues the case for the introvert. We live in a society in which extroverts are portrayed as some sort of ideal which we should all somehow strive to become. A celebrity-focused culture gives little legitimacy to the introvert whose quiet but successful endeavours can go unnoticed amidst the noise and heat surrounding the extrovert. This well-argued review of Susan Cain’s book, by positive psychologist Dr Christopher Petersen, illustrates that we do not need to be extrovert to be happy. In fact striving to be an extrovert if this goes against one’s own nature can be the cause of great unhappiness. Read this excellent article from Pysychology Today magazine and watch Susan Cain’s Ted talk in which she tells her own story of an introvert who was forced to become an extrovert to succeed.
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