Have you ever taken the Myers-Briggs personality test? There are lots of places to take it (or tests based on it) online. Check it out here or here. I minored in psychology in college, so I took it at least once in school. I've also taken it at work before. I am a ISTJ personality type. That is I for introvert! The T is for thinking... I think a lot :) Yea!
I don't mind being an introvert. But sometimes, I have to battle my natural tendencies in order to socialize, connect with others, and learn. So what are some things I work on doing?
Attend classes/courses & join groups. This often involves being in a room full of people I don't know... and even sometimes SPEAKING to/with them all as a group (the horror!). Having a whole room of people I don't know stare at me while I try to get out a thought is just really stressful to me. Sometimes it's just necessary to get out of my shell & take a deep breath & just GO! These kinds of events have so much potential!
|Back in the day... someone's birthday I think. 2006ish?|
|New friend as a result of joining a marathon training group|
I don't need to turn myself into an extrovert. That's not really possible anyway. I like what I like & I am who I am & I'm ok with that. More than ok, happy! But, in a world that's all about connections, it is important for me to put myself out there just a little more than I might be comfortable with.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert? If you're an introvert, what are some ways that you try to go against your natural tendencies in order to connect with others?