Describe your level of introvertedness or extrovertedness

Public forum for topics that don't fit into the other categories.

Select the choice that describes your level of introvertedness.

Poll ended at 26 Oct 2013, 10:49

I consider myself very introverted
11
39%
I consider myself somewhat introverted
10
36%
Neutral
2
7%
I consider myself somewhat extroverted
3
11%
I consider myself very extroverted
2
7%
 
Total votes: 28

User avatar
SilentDawning
Posts: 7324
Joined: 09 May 2010, 19:55

Describe your level of introvertedness or extrovertedness

Post by SilentDawning » 16 Oct 2013, 10:49

I did a search on the word introvert in our forums, and found it comes up a few times. Thoreau described himself as an introvert, and I have to confess, I am also a deep thinker. Others have posted comments about introvertedness here...

So, I thought it might be interesting to see how people who are active on this forum consider themselves from an introverted or extrovertedness perspective.
"It doesn't have to be about the Church (church) all the time!" -- SD

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."

A man asked Jesus "do all roads lead to you?" Jesus responds,”most roads don’t lead anywhere, but I will travel any road to find you.” Adapted from The Shack, William Young

Curt Sunshine
Site Admin
Posts: 16804
Joined: 21 Oct 2008, 20:24

Re: Describe your level of introvertedness or extrovertednes

Post by Curt Sunshine » 16 Oct 2013, 12:36

Fascinating results thus far.

I marked "neutral".

I'm both outgoing and introspective; I enjoy parties and crowds, but also being alone; I get energy from noise and action but also from silence and contemplation. I love to think and analyze, but I value feelings and impressions. Many of my answers to questions start with, "It depends" - which won't surprise anyone here. :oops:
I see through my glass, darkly - as I play my saxophone in harmony with the other instruments in God's orchestra. (h/t Elder Joseph Wirthlin)

Even if people view many things differently, the core Gospel principles (LOVE; belief in the unseen but hoped; self-reflective change; symbolic cleansing; striving to recognize the will of the divine; never giving up) are universal.

"For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." H. L. Mencken

User avatar
Meh Mormon
Posts: 77
Joined: 10 Jul 2013, 09:49

Re: Describe your level of introvertedness or extrovertednes

Post by Meh Mormon » 16 Oct 2013, 12:58

According to the Myers-Briggs Personality Test I am an introvert (52%).

I would agree with that assessment. There is a big department meeting/social tonight at work and I am dreading it!!

User avatar
Orson
Site Admin
Posts: 2252
Joined: 22 Oct 2008, 14:44

Re: Describe your level of introvertedness or extrovertednes

Post by Orson » 16 Oct 2013, 13:05

I test heavily introverted on MBTI quizzes, but I am comfortable talking to people in social situations. I marked somewhat introverted. I think comfort levels can be extended with practice, but your natural tendencies remain largely the same.
My avatar - both physical and spiritual.

I first found faith, and thought I had all truth. I then discovered doubt, and claimed a more accurate truth. Now I’ve greeted paradox and a deeper truth than I have ever known.

Roy
Posts: 6070
Joined: 07 Oct 2010, 14:16
Location: Pacific Northwest

Re: Describe your level of introvertedness or extrovertednes

Post by Roy » 16 Oct 2013, 13:43

I am an extrovert and an ESTP! I took two of the mini tests (the yes/no and the sliding scale one). I took the second one because I don't necessarily like how I have seen the ESTP described (unscrupulous, flakey, pleasure seekers, and jack-mormons), but the results were the same.

I feel a need to "put a positive spin on this" maybe that is my internal Artisan/Promoter.

I am good at speaking and interacting with others. I remember in HS, I would always work with this girl that would do much of the paper portion of the project as long as she didn't have to do hardly any of the presentation.

I feel that I am very good at resumes, interviews, etc. I am good at "selling myself" and presenting. I have written several published business articles and sometimes imagine what it would be like to write a book or direct a movie. This weekend I will be competing in a district wide toastmaster's speech competition.

When writing a paper or article, I prefer to collect, summarize, and/or expound the work of others rather than create something from scratch. In my management style, I see myself as a facilitator tying the labors of others together and making it cohesive.

In academics, I tend to stay a little after class to overhear the teacher/student discussions or to talk to the teacher myself. In classes where our assignments where only identified by ID numbers and not by name I felt that my grading was lower than I was accustomed to. The implication being that the development of the teacher/student relationship might influence the teacher to grade in my favor if they knew which assignment was mine. Perhaps an extension of this is that I usually do much better on essay questions than I think and worse on multiple choice (this might have to do with my communication ability coupled with the subjectivity of grading). "True Colors International" categorizes me as blue or heavily relationship based.

I am rather social and derive much of my fulfillment at church from the social/communal element. I make a point to go to as many church events as I can, bear my testimony, participate, as a form of integration with the community. I see conference as an interruption to this as I don't get to interact with others. I dislike feeding the missionaries or going on splits with them because I would rather dedicate limited resources to interacting with less transient elements of the ward (i.e. the missionaries always leave so even if we become great friends, they will soon be gone- investment wasted). I recognize that there are community standards that I must adhere to (or at least appear to adhere to) in order to be accepted into the group.

When serving as the ward mission leader for a far flung ward, I proposed a series of smaller get togethers to be held at member homes and to invite those members that live in the same town or nearby (the ward encompassed many towns). Perhaps this was derived from my personal preference and fulfillment in those environments.
"It is not so much the pain and suffering of life which crushes the individual as it is its meaninglessness and hopelessness." C. A. Elwood

“It is not the function of religion to answer all the questions about God’s moral government of the universe, but to give one courage, through faith, to go on in the face of questions he never finds the answer to in his present status.” TPC: Harold B. Lee 223

"I struggle now with establishing my faith that God may always be there, but may not always need to intervene" Heber13

User avatar
DarkJedi
Posts: 7103
Joined: 24 Aug 2013, 20:53

Re: Describe your level of introvertedness or extrovertednes

Post by DarkJedi » 16 Oct 2013, 13:59

According to Meyers-Briggs I am ISTJ. I put some stock in this test and believe it to be fairly accurate, and I do agree that I am ISTJ. Being an introvert does not mean one must be a hermit, however. I can hold my own at a party and sometimes even like parties and other social gatherings. I also gain energy from others, and like a lively conversation with multiple inputs (probably why I like it here so much). But I like my alone time, too, and sometimes I would prefer to not be around a crowd.
In the absence of knowledge or faith there is always hope.

Once there was a gentile...who came before Hillel. He said "Convert me on the condition that you teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot." Hillel converted him, saying: That which is despicable to you, do not do to your fellow, this is the whole Torah, and the rest is commentary, go and learn it."

My Introduction

User avatar
SilentDawning
Posts: 7324
Joined: 09 May 2010, 19:55

Re: Describe your level of introvertedness or extrovertednes

Post by SilentDawning » 16 Oct 2013, 15:54

At a party, I am very outgoing if there is an objective behind it. But for its own sake, I only get engaged when someone wants to talk about something I find truly interesting -- something philosophical, how to solve difficult leadership problems, or -- to pick people's brains about what they know about topics in which I want to expand my ability.

I find intelligent people fascinating, and I end up trying figure out how they think. Some of my greatest ideas have been modifications of the ideas intelligent people have shared with me...like when I spoke to a bank manager who said she reduced tellers' turnover significantly by advertising for sales people, not people who have cash management experience.

I then used that principle to staff my bands with people who were salespeople first, and competent musicians second. That generated so many gigs that I'm not sure how I'm going to get through the holiday season we're so busy now.
"It doesn't have to be about the Church (church) all the time!" -- SD

"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself."

A man asked Jesus "do all roads lead to you?" Jesus responds,”most roads don’t lead anywhere, but I will travel any road to find you.” Adapted from The Shack, William Young

raygun
Posts: 17
Joined: 03 Apr 2013, 00:09

Re: Describe your level of introvertedness or extrovertednes

Post by raygun » 16 Oct 2013, 16:38

I think being an introvert is one reason I struggle with our extremely social church.

User avatar
Thoreau
Posts: 264
Joined: 12 Apr 2011, 16:51

Re: Describe your level of introvertedness or extrovertednes

Post by Thoreau » 16 Oct 2013, 17:57

More later when I've had more time to process and compose a coherent post.

I'm way over on the introvert side on the MBTI.
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.” Henry David Thoreau

conflicted testimony
Posts: 46
Joined: 05 Aug 2013, 15:34

Re: Describe your level of introvertedness or extrovertednes

Post by conflicted testimony » 16 Oct 2013, 19:54

raygun wrote:I think being an introvert is one reason I struggle with our extremely social church.
This is one of my big challenges!

I have always been over the top shy. In my 20's, I overcame that with alcohol long enough to find a partner. When I joined the church and gave up the alcohol, my husband was very surprised at how introverted I really was!

I am happy to be alone most times and I don't think I have really felt lonely on my own terms. The only time I feel lonely is when I have to socialise and am faced with the reality of how inadequate I am at it, and how few friends I have. It doesn't bother me, but I do care that it bothers others.

I enjoy online forums because I can take in as little or as much interaction as I want or need.

Post Reply