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Quiz: Are You An Introvert?

Quiz: Are You An Introvert?

The first step toward self-acceptance is understanding ourselves better, so that we can have compassion for the people we truly are inside. The word ďintrovertĒ is often misunderstood to mean painfully shy or socially inept, but this isnít so. Many of us are introverted.

Are you? Take this classic personality quiz to find out if you are an introvert or an extrovert–and to see what that really means–here.

Choose the answer to each question which most accurately reflects how you actually see yourself, not how you would like to be.

When you meet new people, do you
A. talk as much as you listen?
B. listen more than you talk?

Do you prefer a social life that includes
A. many friends and acquaintances?
B. a few people that you feel close to?

If a heavy snowfall keeps you from going to school or work, do you
A. wonder what youíre missing?
B. enjoy the unexpected time alone?

Which of these most accurately reflect you:

A. I usually think on my feet, as Iím talking.
B. I usually reflect on what Iím going to say before I say it.

A. People who know me are generally aware of whatís important to me.
B. I donít talk about whatís really important to me unless I feel close to someone.

A. I get restless when Iím alone too long.
B. I get restless when I donít have enough time to myself.

A. When Iím having a good time with others, I get energized and keep going.
B. When Iím having a good time with others, my energy runs out and I need space.

When youíre on vacation, are you more likely to:

A. spend time doing things with others?
B. take time to read or walk or daydream alone?

A. see famous landmarks?
B. spend time in museums and quiet places?

Which word best describes the way you see yourself?

A. open
B. reflective

A. expansive
B. intense

A. well-rounded
B. deep

A. straightforward
B. reserved

Would you rather
A. be admired for your work, even though youíre not satisfied with it yourself?
B. create something of lasting worth, but remain unknown?

If you answered with more B answers, you are an introvert.

Introverts consider their own viewpoint the arbiter of reality and define externals in terms of it.

They are more aware of purely mental phenomena–the impressions, facts, ideas, and reactions that constitute an inner world.

Introverts reflect before acting.

They may defend themselves against the expectations and attention of others.

Introverts are reserved, complicated, and private.

They are self-aware, sometimes passionately intense, but may not realize their effect on others.

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Adapted from Personality Type, by Lenore Thomson (Shambhala, 1998). Copyright (c) 1998 by Lenore Thomson. Reprinted by permission of Shambhala.
Adapted from Personality Type, by Lenore Thomson (Shambhala, 1998).

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3:32PM PDT on May 12, 2013

Don't even need to take the quiz. I'm definitely an introvert...but I have my shining moments.

3:24PM PDT on May 12, 2013

yeah, most of the time

6:31PM PDT on May 8, 2013

Psh, I don't even need to take the quiz. With some people, it's extremely obvious which one you are. I am definitely an introvert.

3:14PM PDT on May 6, 2013


thanks in SPITE of Care2's EXTREME LATENCY today

8:44AM PDT on May 6, 2013

No, I'm an extrovert!

7:28AM PDT on May 6, 2013

Introverted that's me.

5:00AM PDT on May 6, 2013

We've got to know when and how to strive for a balance

10:41PM PDT on May 5, 2013


4:55AM PST on Feb 6, 2013


10:33PM PST on Jan 21, 2012

Thank you.

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