The last few weeks I have seen two different articles circulating Facebook about introverts and extroverts. There’s the Huffinton Post’s “23 Signs You’re Secretly An Introvert” and BuzzFeed’s “25 Frustrating Things About Being an Extrovert.” I found both to be entertaining and they made me think. The signs you’re an introvert definitely resonated with me more than the extrovert stuff which is interesting to me.
Sometimes it seems like I am so extroverted because I love being in front of students teaching, I don’t get nervous with public speaking, I write a public blog about my life (to an extent) and I love being on the go, traveling and new experiences.
But sometimes I feel so introverted. The feedback that I often get from friends, family and co-workers is that I can be closed off, tough to read and withdrawn at times. I often feel more comfortable leading a class than staying after and having a one-on-one discussion with someone. It has taken me upwards of two years to open up to some of my closest friends after repeated invitations and offers to talk and reminders that they’re there (god bless them for their persistence and investment in me and my well-being).
Here are my personal favorites from the introvert list…
I am horrible at networking. I have a really hard time putting myself out there like that and sometimes networking makes me feel guilty because I know people are busy with their own lives and don’t want to monopolize their time or energy to help me achieve something.
I’m sorry Mom. And to everyone who leaves me voicemails. My voicemail stays 95% full! 😛
Give me a mic and put me in front of a class and I’ll smile and teach all day long. I’ll even sit in front of them, tell a personal story and cry.
Yes and yes.
I’m really good at “push, push, push” and then retreat. That’s part of why I love my job so much. I still get to personal train and teach but I also get quiet time in my office to do things like writing, websites, marketing, etc.
Sometimes I would rather hang out with Sullie than other people! 🙂
Okay, enough soul baring for one day.
Which article resonates more with you? Introvert or extrovert?