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.
Take this classic personality quiz to find out if you are an introvert or an extrovert–and to see what that really means.
Choose the answer to each question which most accurately reflects how you actually see yourself, not how you would like to be.
Introvert or Extrovert?
talk as much as I listen.
listen more than I talk.
many friends and acquaintances.
a few people that I feel close to.
wonder what I'm missing outside of the house.
enjoy the unexpected time alone.
I usually reflect on what Iím going to say before I say it.
I usually think on my feet, as Iím talking.
I donít talk about whatís really important to me unless I feel close to someone.
People who know me are generally aware of whatís important to me.
I get restless when Iím alone too long.
I get restless when I donít have enough time to myself.
When Iím having a good time with others, I get energized and keep going.
When Iím having a good time with others, my energy runs out and I need space.
take time to read or walk or daydream alone.
spend time doing things with others.
see famous landmarks.
spend time in museums and quiet places.
be admired for my work, even though I'm not satisfied with it myself.
create something of lasting worth, but remain unknown.
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.
Adapted from Personality Type, by Lenore Thomson (Shambhala, 1998). Copyright (c) 1998 by Lenore Thomson. Reprinted by permission of Shambhala.