“There’s zero correlation between being the best talker and having the best ideas.”
Introversion is a personality trait (defined by C. G. Jung) where we prefer to relate to the world by first taking it “inward.” Our energy comes from within. Extraverts, on the other hand, are energized by direct interaction with the world, such as socializing. We all possess introversion and extraversion to some degree, but, according to Jung, we inherently prefer one over the other.
Following questionnaire could help you find if you are really introvert…
QUESTIONNAIRE (Answer true or false)
– I prefer one-to-one conversations to group activities.
– I often prefer to express myself in writing.
– I enjoy solitude.
– I seem to care less than my peers about wealth, fame and status.
– I dislike small talk, but I enjoy talking in depth about topics that matter to me.
– People tell me that I’m a good listener.
– I’m not a big risk-taker. (Sometimes)
– I enjoy work that allows me to ‘dive in’ with few interruptions.
– I like to celebrate birthdays on a small scale, with only one or two close friends or family members.
– People describe me as ‘soft-spoken’ or ‘mellow’.
– I prefer not to show or discuss my work with others until it’s finished.
– I dislike conflict.
– I do my best work on my own.
– I tend to think before I speak.
– I feel drained after being out and about, even if I’ve enjoyed myself.
– I often let calls go through to voicemail.
– If I had to choose, I’d prefer a weekend with absolutely nothing to do to one with too many things scheduled.
– I don’t enjoy multi-tasking.
– In classroom situations, I prefer lectures to seminars.
For introverts, most of these are true. The differences could be in the degree of presence of the natures indicated above, but they indicate your introversion.
[Questionnaire from Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking (2012) by Susan Cain]