Introvert vs Extrovert
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Figure out your personality type so it can help you get ahead at work and in your relationships. By Alix Nicholson
Introversion-extroversion is just one part of what makes us who we are. Stereotypically, people think extroverts are “out there” and introverts are quiet, but there’s more to it. Extroverts are energised by being around other people, whereas introverts get charged up when they’re alone. But as Dr Niko Tiliopoulos, personologist at The University of Sydney’s School of Psychology, explains, “Almost everybody is a bit of both, with one usually being dominant. It is unlikely for someone to be 100 per cent of either.” So where do you fit?
1 It’s Friday night – woo! You…
A. Meet up with your bestie for some cheeky drinks and a bite to eat at your favourite restaurant.
B. Are the first to hit the bar, the last one standing, and the life of the party all night long. You crazy party animal, you! C. Change your Facebook status to, “Anyone up for an after-work drink?” It doesn’t have to be a big night, but you’re keen to see everyone.
D. Head home for a hot date with your cosy couch, some yummy takeaway, and yyour fave TV shows.
In work meetings, you tend to…
A. Share your ideas without prompting. You don’t mind if all eyes are on you and you like to interact with the group.
B. Listen, reflect, and save your ideas to take to the boss one-on-one after the meeting.
C. Discuss your opinions and suggestions when you’re directly asked for them, but don’t usually offer them up otherwise. D. Talk… and talk… and talk… you do your best thinking when you work things through with others.
3 One of your friends asks you to go with hher to a meditation clclass. You…
AA. Can’t think of a more Dullsvillell ll way to spend an hour. Thanks but no thanks!
B. Say yes – you love a little Zen time, plus the chance to hang out with your bud.
C. Decide to give it a miss. You won’t really know anyone there except your friend, and you can see her anytime.
D. Go, but get bored and sneak out halfway through – you’ll meet your mate at the cafe next door when she’s done.
4 You’re shopping and see a $500 wallet that you ‘need’ in your life, but you really can’t afford it. You…
A. Really. Can’t. Afford. It. If you’re still thinking about it later, you’ll save or layby it, but a spur-of-the-moment spend ain’t your style.
B. Debate for a minute before you buy it, but put yourself on a strict budget for the rest of the day. No more impulse buys until payday!
C. Throw down the credit card the second you lay eyes on the wallet (aka your new ‘baby’). You mightht be eating two-minute noodles for the next month but that’s s a problem for future you. She’ll sort it out!
D. Put it on hold and think nk about it while you keep shopping. You can always s race back for it at the end of the day if you still want it that badly.
5 It’s karaoke night with the girls! You…
A. Hog the mic all night. You were born to be the centre of attention!
B. Laugh and cheer with your mates but steer clear of the mic. You prefer to sit back, relax and watch the craziness unfold.
C. Join in the singing on all the group numbers. Anyone for a Spice Girls throwback?
D. Take a solo here and there and insist on doing a duet of “A Whole New World” – you don’t care who plays Aladdin as long as you get your Jasmine moment!
6 Your ideal way to recharge your batteries is…
A. A coffee date with your best friend. B. A big Sunday BBQ with everyone you know. C. Chilling at home with a book, the TV, or some music.
D. Brunch with as many of your girls as you can muster.