Quiet

Before we started work on my first gap year, as a community we had two weeks of team training- getting to know each other and ourselves. We did personality tests, self-reflection and practised the work we would be doing with the young people.

One of the things that came up frequently was personality types and whether we were introverted or extroverted. There was a mixture of personalities and it worked well to have variety on the team.

Until then, I’d never realised that I was introverted and to what extent. I didn’t understand it very well and thought I was just different and shy. Although there is a difference between shyness and introversion, Susan Cain, from her brilliant work on the Quiet Revolution defines introversion as:

“There are many different definitions that psychologists use. One that many would agree with — and that I like — is ‘people who prefer quieter, more minimally stimulating environments.’ The key is about stimulation: extroverts feel at their best and crave a high degree of stimulation. For introverts, the optimal zone is much lower.”

We learn more about ourselves every day. It’s been over 3 years since I first “defined” myself (or realised!) I was an introvert on the Myers-Briggs Test and I’ve been learning more each day.

Would you say you’re more introverted or extroverted on the personality spectrum?