Ben jij introvert?
Are you rather in the hamster ball or in the hugging position?
Since Susan Cain had her much acclaimed TED talk on the Power of Introverts, many viewers had their AHA moment. Maybe you’re one of them. Suddenly being an introvert is – well almost – cool. Men and women who might not have had a clue about their own Introvert State, suddenly know why their feeling drained after a meeting. They know now they just need some more Alone Time.
Even some very well known public figures are introverts…Meryl Streep, Bill Gates and David Letterman. I’m not somewhat of an introvert. I’m a pretty extreme case of an introvert. And I know I’m not alone! (which is sort of funny when you’re an introvert) If you put me in a cave by myself for a couple of day (with a nice warm blanket and a stack of books of course) I would be completely happy. I love being alone, but to be honest it took me a while to acknowledge this.
When I grew up I was pushed way out of my safe comfort zone, to entertain the guests. I was very shy and bookish, but I had to take on an extrovert persona. And I turned out to be very (very!) good at it. I never quite understood why being in a busy office with all day wear me out. I honestly thought I was the quintessential extrovert. Till I started my coaching education and found out about this Strange and Beautiful Introvert presence that lived in me.
You might be way ahead of me and know if you are an introvert or extravert, or a nice mix of both. And if you’re still in doubt: take this quiz of Susan Cain and you’ll know.