Introverts Should Not Be Undermined

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Susan Cain’s positive TED talk on introversion was utterly inspiring and thought provoking. I was never one of those people who judged people by their introvert or extrovert traits, but I’m incredibly happy that she made being an introvert such a positive thing. Personally, I’m not quite sure if I’m an extrovert or an introvert, however I’m probably more leaning towards the introvert side. Typically, I’m not a loud, outspoken and outgoing person (which are “typical” extrovert traits). When I was younger I got the phrases “Why do you never talk?” and “Why are you so quiet?”. At the time this bothered me a lot, however now I realise that it’s okay to be a little quiet and a little different. So…I guess solitude is bliss. 

I think Susan is absolutely right in the way that we need introverts! I do indeed think that they have amazing ideas that are planted and are ready to sprout however are never always recognised. I see this a lot in the classroom at school. Even though a lot of introverts don’t like speaking in public, or raising their hand in class, there should be other ways of being able to share their opinion. Perhaps through writing…like this blog! (Well done to my brilliant psychology teacher for creating this anonymous blogging idea). 

STOP FORCING THE GROUP WORK. This is undeniably true. I think we’ve all felt that time when we get paired up with people we don’t know and just don’t want to say anything for the fear of being judged (which I know is typically “shy” as Susan mentioned, however still sort of applies) and just generally wanting to work by oneself. Group work should not always be mandatory but should more or less be optional, especially in classroom based settings. 

I think sometimes, and this isn’t all the time, that extroverts take the micky out of introverts. They immediately go to label us as “quiet” and “weird” when I think some of the best people are introverts. I’ve met a lot of typically introverted people in my time, and they have come to be some of my bestest friends. Never judge a book by its cover. 

 

Massive thanks to the wondrous Susan Cain herself who has viewed my post! You can find her on twitter at: http://twitter.com/susancain

An Unreliable Test?

Personality tests claim that a person’s disposition is composed of certain individual traits and tendencies. Just like any other personality test, they are not all completely reliable…which makes many (including me) skeptical. 

All personality tests generally seem to rely on “self-reports”, which seems incredibly flawed and inaccurate. What if a person taking the test feels incredibly stressed? What if they’re feeling depressed? These factors seem as though they would contribute majorly to the results of a personality test. Is anyone ever really in a so called “normal” state? 

On the other hand, the fact that as humans we constantly change throughout life would also influence our “set” personality. For example, a child in their younger years may seem extremely extroverted, however as they progress into their teenage years, they may become very introverted. Our personality is consistently affected by outside influences, sickness and health, and of course our own experiences. This makes it hard to determine what your personality really “is” because it is clearly forever changing.

This is where I think it is also wrong to put labels on people that receive certain results on personality tests. Just because someone tests a certain way on a personality test does not mean they are necessarily that way. It’s almost like a stereotype which I think in many cases is used unfairly. I see this a lot in jobs where because a person receives certain results on a test, they are either not chosen for jobs or are moved into specific jobs because of their results. Generally, these results are inaccurate and can effect people in more ways that I originally thought.

Although all the statements I have made are quite broad…they are still worth thinking about! Feel free to comment what you think down below (I’m interested to hear anyones thoughts!) 

Big thanks to http://piggooink.wordpress.com/ who wrote a whole post dedicated in reply to this one! Go check it out: http://piggooink.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/regarding-psychology-by-candlelights-recent-post-an-unreliable-test/