How to Tell if You Are an Extroverted Introvert

11 Signs You Are a Social Introvert

How can you tell if you’re an extroverted introvert?

When it comes to introversion, there’s a lot of confusion. The dictionary definition is partly to blame. Google defines introvert as follows: “a shy, reticent person.”

While there are introverts who are shy and standoffish, the majority of introverts are neither, as the author’s of Confident You point out. Nevertheless, years of false associations compound the problem. Most people assume they know what an introvert is, and then they look for evidence to support their false assumption.

The reality is that there are a variety of introverts – eight different kinds to be exact. And some of them prefer more people contact than others.

Check out this episode of the I Speak People Show to determine whether or not you are an extroverted introvert.

Want to know if you’re an extroverted introvert? Download the quiz, and find out!

Are you trying to figure out whether or not you're an extroverted introvert? Check out these 11 telltale signs, and find out for sure!

5 Things that Make an INTP One-of-a-Kind

What makes an INTP tick?

The INTP personality type has many nicknames including “the absent-minded professor”, “the thinker”, “the architect”, and “the logician”, and they all pay tribute to an incredible mind. Albert Einstein, Adam Smith, and Abraham Lincoln were famous INTPs, after all.

This past year, I’ve gotten to know a few INTPs well. What’s struck me about their personality is how easily they combine logic and creativity. They’re master problem solvers with an unparalleled ability to focus. To hear from two INTPs, check out this podcast.

Our world owes a lot to INTPs. Here are just a few reasons INTPs are awesome.

Want a life better suited to your INTP personality? Download the list of My Favorite INTP Resources and learn how to create it.

What makes an INTP tick? How can you know if you or someone you know is one? Check out this article to learn 5 things that make an INTP one-of-a-kind.

How to Tell if You Are an Extroverted Introvert

11 Signs You Are a Social Introvert

How can you tell if you’re an extroverted introvert?

I’m a teacher, so I work with people all day long. The other day, I told a coworker that I’m an introvert. He looked at me in disbelief: “An introvert? Really? You’re not an introvert!”

When it comes to introversion, there’s a lot of confusion. The dictionary definition is partly to blame. Google defines introvert as follows: “a shy, reticent person.”

While there are introverts who are shy and standoffish, the majority of introverts are neither, as the author’s of Confident You point out. Nevertheless, years of false associations compound the problem. Most people assume they know what an introvert is, and then they look for evidence to support their false assumption.

The reality is that there are a variety of introverts – eight different kinds to be exact. And some of them prefer more people contact than others.

Back to the question: How can you tell what kind of introvert YOU are? I offer you 11 telltale signs.

Are you trying to figure out whether or not you're an extroverted introvert? Check out these 11 telltale signs, and find out for sure!

Taking a Deeper Look at “The Thinker”

An Interview with INTP Introverts

Are you or is someone you know a “Thinker?”

The INTP introvert personality type is also called “The Logician”, “The Architect”, and “The Absent-Minded Professor.” Each of these names gets at what makes this introvert personality type unique.

In this episode of the I Speak People Show, we investigate:

  • What gets “Thinkers” excited…
  • What they enjoy thinking about…
  • How they make decisions…
  • What some of their greatest strengths are…
  • Challenges they face…
  • What it’s like being a “Thinker” who’s married to a spouse with complementary strengths…
  • And more…

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Are you or is someone you know a "Thinker?" If you've ever wondered what the INTP introvert personality type is like, check out this show!

The Myers-Briggs Personality System in Plain English

What’s the Myers-Briggs personality system in plain English?

If you’ve ever wanted a simple explanation of the Myers-Briggs personality system with practical, real-world examples, this show is it. Tune in to learn…

  • Where the personality system comes from
  • How it’s organized
  • What each of its parts means

Want to figure out your personality type for free?! Download this free resource!

If you've ever wanted a simple explanation of the Myers-Briggs personality system with practical, real-world examples, check out this show.

How Do ISTPs Think? One-on-One with a Craftsman

How do you know if you – or someone you love – is an ISTP?

ISTPs are one of eight Myers-Briggs introvert personality types. They are marvelous in-the-moment, hands-on problem solvers. The first thing you might notice about an ISTP is her ability to come up with creative solutions using what’s around her.

Once when I was playing music with friends, we were having trouble mounting a new microphone. We lacked the proper attachment to connect the mike to a stand. Fortunately, there was an ISTP among us. In about five minutes, he came up with a way to zip-tie the mic to a stand so that we could move ahead with the recording process.

What really makes an ISTP shine is his ability to figure out how a system works. Whether he’s studying a car, combine, or computer, he’ll learn each of the parts and how they work together. Then, with this in-depth understanding, he’ll be able to quickly diagnose and fix any problems that arise.

ISTPs are introverts with an eye for detail and an appreciation for efficiency. They’re thinkers through-and-through, but they also savor new experiences, spontaneity, and variety.

To give you a first-hand look at how an ISTP thinks, I interviewed a good friend of mine and asked him eight questions that get to the heart of the ISTP personality. As you read his responses, think about yourself – or that person you know or love – and see if the ISTP introvert personality type is a good fit.

(To determine your own personality type, check out this series.)

How do you know if you - or someone you love - is an ISTP? How does someone with this introvert personality type think? Read the post to find out.

7 Reasons to Love INFPs

INFPs are one of the rarer introvert personality types, making up about four percent of the population. Because they are artistic, sensitive, nonconformists, they’re also quite unique. Over the past 10 years, I’ve gotten to know a few INFPs decently well. And I can attest that there’s a lot to love about these one-of-a-kind introverts.

Here are 7 reasons I love the INFP personality type.

There's a lot to love about the INFP personality. And since they only make up about 4 percent of the population, they're really quite unique. Find out why!

Introverts! Are We All the Same?!

Introverts – we’re a lot more complex than we may seem at first.

This past summer, I finished Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. Cain is easily one of the most widely-known and well-respected experts on introverts. And she’s doing a great job telling the world why introverts are valuable just the way they are.

While I enjoyed most of her book, I did leave with one impression that got me thinking. In her effort to explain introvert strengths, I felt as though she’d described all introverts as a melting pot of various strengths and skills. As a result, I came away from the book thinking, Introverts are creative, analytical, detail-oriented, organized, big-picture thinkers.

In Cain’s defense, that was just the impression that I left with. On the whole, her book did a masterful job addressing and championing the topic of introversion. It’s still doing big things for the cause of introverts. Nevertheless, I couldn’t help but want to set the record straight – at least in my own mind.

So what traits really do set introverts apart? Let’s a take a look.

Each and every introvert is unique. What do Myers-Briggs preferences have to do with this reality? Read on to learn how to differentiate between introverts.

9 Things to Love About ISTJs

What really sets an ISTJ apart?

If you’re lucky enough to have an ISTJ as a friend, family member, or coworker, you know first-hand what makes these special individuals so likable. And chances are good you do know an ISTJ considering 16 percent of men and 7 percent of women fit this personality type.

I can personally testify that my life would be sadder without these steady, dependable companions. My wife, dad, and several of my close friends are all ISTJs.

I’m dedicating this post to all there is to love about ISTJs!

What makes an ISTJ awesome? There's a lot to love about the ISTJ personality type. Check out 9 Things that Make ISTJs charming!

73 Things I Wish You Knew About Me as an INFJ

If you’re an INFJ, you probably know what it’s like to feel misunderstood. We INFJs make up just 1-2% of the population after all.

When I discovered that my Myers-Briggs personality type is INFJ, things that never made sense before started to click. I finally understood why I think so differently than other people and that there’s nothing wrong with me. (These are two of the great benefits of understanding your personality type.)

Because I’m an INFJ and INFJs are so rare, there are a number of things people don’t know about me that I wish they did. So I’ve decided to share a few of those particulars in this post.

These 73 thoughts and observations are in random order. Furthermore, while many of these traits and characteristics are true of most INFJs, please keep in mind that some are unique to me.

Want a life that better suits your INFJ personality? Download the list of My Favorite INFJ Resources to discover how to create it.

As an INFJ, I wish people understood me better. Only 1-2 percent of people share my personality type. In this post, I share some of what makes me tick.