Just another introvert

Got a few links from Enda regarding Intro/Extrovert, so I did the tests. All four of them ( 1234 ).
So it’s official I guess, I’m an introvert. ISTJ, to be exact (Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging).

ISTJ – “Trustee”. Decisiveness in practical affairs. Guardian of time- honored institutions. Dependable. 11.6% of total population.

Free Jung Word Choice Test (similar to MBTI)
personality tests by similarminds.com

What is ISTJ

responsible, planner, private, loner tendencies, perfectionist, organized, detail oriented, organized, would rather be friendless than jobless, realistic, observer, clean, focused, does not talk about feelings, finisher, punctual, private, does not appreciate strangeness, not adventurous, not spontaneous, follows the rules, dutiful, avoids mistakes, conventional, likes solitude, insensitive to the hardships of others, prepared, anti-tattoos, things rules are important, cautious, security seeking, prepares for worst case scenarios, logical, analytical, does not accept apologies easily, hard working

favored careers:

data analyst, scientist, researcher, engineer, financial planner, statistician, office worker, government employee, lab technician, nuclear engineer, office manager, biomedical engineer, account manager, ceo, investment banker, analyst, academic, systems analyst, pharmacy technician, network admin, genetics researcher, research assistant, strategist

The results was not very accurate though, but this should be expected from any online tests.

What is an introvert anyway ?
This article is a good start to find out more – Caring for Your Introvert

An introvert … doesn’t talk much, but doesn’t mean he can’t talk or give presentations. I’ve been a speaker on public events for several times. But it does tire me excessively. This is because before we speak, we have to think about what we’re going to say. Unlike extroverts, where speaking seems like a reflex – it’s almost automatic, just like a heartbeat.

We value solitude; example: people are confused why I took so long to shower. This is because that’s among my moment of solitude, and I took that opportunity to think about a lot of things. We’re able to get a lot of brilliant ideas when we’re thinking with no disturbance.

We can focus on something so intensely, we lost awareness of our surroundings. Just this morning my handphone’s alarm was ringing loudly on a cupboard next to me on the family room.
My wife, who was sleeping inside our room, was awaken by it, and wondered why I didn’t turn off the alarm. It was because I didn’t even hear it.

When there are several people, I let others to speak, and I preferred to just listen to them. People usually concluded that I’m shy. Then they’re surprised that when there’s just you & me, I do speak a lot.
I don’t like to talk unnecessarily, but I don’t like letting others in uncomfortable silence even more. Also when there’s only me and the other, I’m usually able to drive the conversation to something useful, not just purely pleasantries.

Most importantly; being introvert is not about a choice. It’s what we are.
I do suspect this can be changed with a lot of effort, but this will take time.

Well, enough about this introvert. How about you ?

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