Extrovert or Introvert

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Extrovert or Introvert

Extrovert, also extravert n
One whose attention and interest are directed wholly predominantly towards what is outside the self.

Introvert n
One whose attention and interests are directed wholly or predominantly towards his/her own mental life.
The literal meaning of extroversion is turning outwards. It is good psychology to refer to a personality characteristic in which one’s energy is directed outwards and therefore is concerned with and derives gratification from, the physical and social environment.
As opposed to this the literal meaning of introversion is turning inwards. This term is applied to a tendency whereby people shrink away from social contacts and become preoccupied with their own thoughts.
This article is an attempt that may help you know how much of a introvert or extrovert you are.
Answer each questions or statement by choosing which one of the three alternative responses given is most applicable to you, please note your answers(a,b or c) to count total score at end.


           1.       I make friends very easily and quickly
A.      Not particularly
B.      Yes
C.      I tend to have more long-standing friendships than ones that are made easily or quickly.


           2.       Does being the, centre of attraction bother you?
A.      Yes
B.      Not in the slightest
C.      Sometimes

           3.       When you are performing a task that requires a great deal of concentration do you perform                   better in solitude & silence?
A.      I am easily distracted by noise and other activity and would perform the task much better in solitude & silence
B.      I cannot perform well in complete silence and solitude and prefer some background noise and activity
C.      I am not really bothered if the conditions are noisy as I have the powers of concentration to shut out the noise if necessary


           4.       Do you find it easy to contribute to open discussions at large gatherings and meetings?
A.      No, I usually tend to stay quite and leave the group discussions to others.
B.      Yes
C.      I don’t find it easy but do contribute from time to time.


           5.       If invited to a fancy dress party what would be your reaction?
A.      Probably decline the invitation
B.      Quite pleased and looking forward to sorting out my outfit
C.      I would go to the party but choose an outfit that was fairly run-of-the-mill and certainly not too outlandish


           6.       How often do you tell jokes?
A.      Rarely or never
B.      More than occasionally
C.      Occasionally


           7.       If you are taking part in an argument and find that everyone disagrees with your point of                      view, even thought you are convinced you are correct, how would you be most likely to                      react in this situation?
A.      I might give up the argument and have another think about it in case I was incorrect after all
B.      Stick to my gums and relish the debate
C.      Stick to my guns but as further debate seems futile, end the debate by saying something like we will have to agree to differ


           8.       If sufficiently provoked how easy is it for you to stop yourself from blowing your top in a 
                  public place?
A.      Very easy – I have never blown my top in a public place
B.      Not at all easy
C.      Usually easy – but on some occasions I have had to exercise a great deal of self-control in order to stop myself from losing it.


           9.       If you saw someone throw down some litter at a railway station what would you do?
A.      Nothing
B.      In certain circumstances I might well ask them to pick it up
C.      Probably nothing except perhaps a look of annoyance


           10.   If you want to complain about something, which of the following would you prefer?
A.      Write a letter
B.      Speak to the people concerned face to face
C.      Speak to the people concerned on the telephone


           11.   Do you ever regret that you are not more outgoing and able to let yourself go more often?
A.      Yes
B.      No
C.      Possibly


           12.   Do you prefer to work alone or as part of a team
A.      Alone
B.      Part of a team
C.      No preference


           13.   Do you see yourself as a motivator?
A.      No
B.      Yes
C.      Perhaps on occasions I have motivated other people.


           14.   Which do you enjoy the most: talking to people on a one-to-one basis or to join in a group 
                  discussion?
A.      One to one basis
B.      Group discussion
C.      Not strong preference


           15.   How do you prefer to celebrate your birthday?
A.      Like any other day
B.      A party with friends and family
C.      A few cards and a special meal or night out perhaps


           16.   Do you leave most people in no doubt about what your opinions are on politics and current 
                  affairs?
A.      In general I keep most of my opinions to myself
B.      Yes
C.      From time to time I let my views be known, but certainly not always


           17.   When in conversation with people how often do you dry up and find yourself struggling to                   continue the conversation?
A.      More than occasionally
B.      Never
C.      Occasionally


           18.   Do you like to explore the reasons or motives of other people’s views or actions?
A.      Not particularly
B.      Yes
C.      Sometimes

           19.   If someone at a party asked you to perform your party piece, what would be your reaction?
A.      No way
B.      OK
C.      Not sure, I might embarrassingly stumble through something

           20.   Which of the following words best describe you?
A.      Reserved
B.      Sociable
C.      Conforming

           21.   Do you think you would be good at directing a play on-stage
A.      No, not for me
B.      Yes
C.      Maybe

           22.   You are the first to arrive for a public meeting at your local town hall. Where would you sit?
A.      Near or at the back
B.      Near or at the front
C.      Somewhere in the middle

           23.   Would you describe yourself as talkative?
A.      No
B.      Yes
C.      It depends who I am talking to

           24.   Which of the following words best describes you?
A.      Private
B.      Communicative
C.      Willing

           25.   How good are you at making small talk?
A.      Hopeless
B.      Pretty good
C.      Although small talk is pretty irrelevant, I am able to make small talk when the need or situation arises


Scoring
Award yourself 2 points for every ‘b’ answer, 1 point for every ‘c’ and 0 for every ‘a’ answer.

Total score 36-50                                             Highly extrovert
Total score 30-35                                             Above average extrovert
Total score 21-29                                             Average
Total score 16-20                                             Above average introvert
Total score below 15                                        Highly introvert

Analysis
Virtually all analyses of a person’s personality include the concept of Extroversion-Introversion.
The term extroversion and introversion were first popularized by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung (1875-1961).
Typically, extroverts are sociable, assertive, excitement seekers, whereas introverts are more reserved, less outgoing and less sociable. Although this doesn’t necessarily mean they are anti-social, introverts tend to have a much smaller circle of friends and are less likely to seek out, or enjoy making, new social contacts.
Extroverts are likely to derive pleasure in activities that involve large social gatherings, such as parties, community activities or political groups. Professionals who tend to be extroverts are actors, teachers and managers, in fact any profession that involves interaction with others, as extroverted people are likely to enjoy time spent with people and find time spent alone less rewarding.
As they prefer interaction with others, rather than to sit alone and think, extroverts are likely to be at their best when other people are present and other activities are going on around them. If on their own they may find it difficult to perform well on tasks that require close attention and concentration,
On the other hand an introverted person is likely to enjoy time spent alone or with a close circle of friends, and find time spent with large group of people less rewarding. They also prefer to concentrate on a single activity at a time and to deliberate long and hard before carefully reaching a decision.
As they are much less occupied with social situations, introverts derive the most satisfaction of solitary activities such as reading, writing, painting, watching videos or surfing the internet. Professionals who tend to be typically introverted are artists, writers, composers or inventors.
Of course, there is always the exception to the rule and people can fluctuate in their behaviour. Depending on the circumstances even the most extreme introverts and extroverts don’t always act consistently.
It must also be pointed out that introversion is not the same as shyness. A shy person for example may avoid social interaction because of fear, whereas the introvert may choose solitary over social activities by preference.

Assessment
30-50 points
Your score indicates that you are an extrovert and not be any means a shrinking violet.
Although this does generally mean you will not be lacking in outer confidence, and will always appear to be living life to the maximum, it is possible that some people who give the impression of being extroverts are acting in this way in order to cover their inner self-doubts and anxieties.
Whilst many people will admire, even envy, your zest, energy and outgoing demeanour, you should take care not to be too much of an extrovert to the point that people find you excessively pushy, even to the extent of being overbearing. Often a bubbly personality is much more admired by others if that personality is tempered with a degree of modesty as well as sensitivity towards others.

21-29 points
Your score indicates that you are neither predominantly extrovert nor introvert.
The term used to describe someone who falls into this middle grey area and exhibits tendencies of both groups is known as ambiversion. The ambivert is comfortable with groups and enjoy social interaction but also values and enjoys time spent alone.
Although ambiverts may sometimes wish they could be as outgoing as those who appear more extrovert than themselves, it may be that because they possess the ability to show reserve, especially when it is appropriate, they are regarded by people as someone who they feel relaxed about when in their company.
If at times, you worry that you are a little backwards at coming forwards, it may be that you secretly admire the way people who are more extrovert than you behave. It is, however these people who are in the minority; in fact, you are possibly regarded by other people as having a much more appealing personality.

Less than 21
Although your score indicates that you are quite introverted, this does not mean that you cannot be successful in life.
Many people are extremely modest, but at the same time have the ability to be high achievers in their own field, provident they can recognize their own talents and gain an extra bit of self confidence to harness their potential.
Although you may prefer to keep your views to yourself, on those occasions where you are bursting to express an opinion or join in a conversation, you may be afraid of doing so because you worry about what people think, especially if there are several other people present.
It may be that you do not lack the inner self-confidence and believe in yourself, but that you are unwilling to express this inner self in public.
A degree of self-analysis is necessary in case you feel it is worthwhile making a concerted effort to try to overcome some of your introversion. By doing so you are likely to harness your potential to a greater degree and find life more fulfilling as a result. People will admire you for that and be, in the main supportive of such endeavours.

Above article is adopted from a slide shared in slideshare by Svetlana Slavnic.

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