Oh leftovers, you make lunch so darn easy.
Dinner last night was one of our favorite go-to simple winter dinners: Italian sausage with peppers and onions. It’s a set it and forget it kind of meal that tastes great every time!
For lunch I ate a bowl of the leftover Italian chicken sausage and veggies with a side of cheese toast, prepared on a honey wheat English muffin.
Veggies, lean protein, whole grains! Woo!
Now brace yourself for some long-winded psychology talk. I just kept goin’ and goin’ on this one because I could talk about psychology and Myers-Briggs for hours. I find it fascinating!
Introvert vs. Extrovert
When I was a senior in college, I interned in the public relations department at the Florida Municipal Power Agency. I briefly touched on the positive experience I had at the company in the post where I met up with my former boss, Mark, for lunch on the day I announced we were moving to Ocala on the blog.
In that post, I mentioned how the company had every employee take the Myers-Briggs personality test so everyone could better understand their coworker’s personalities. Every employee’s results were then posted outside their office, which was helpful to me because I knew before approaching a colleague the ways that they preferred to communicate.
After answering a lot of questions, the Myers-Briggs test assigns you letters to define your personality:
- Extroversion (E) or Introversion (I): Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or on your own inner world?
- Sensing (S) or Intuition (N): Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning?
- Thinking (T) or Feeling (F): When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances?
- Judging (J) or Perceiving (P): In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options?
I honestly cannot remember all of my letter results (I wish I would’ve kept them!), but I do remember that I was labeled an extrovert. This didn’t really surprise me based on the stereotypes I had in my head for what I thought classified people as an introvert or an extrovert.
You know, the crazies of the world.
As I began to talk with the woman from Myers-Briggs who administered the test and my boss, I actually realized that I have a lot of introverted tendencies. They told me that from a psychological standpoint, this is quite common. Many people are both introverts and extroverts, with one side only slightly dominating.
I also found it fascinating when my boss told me that his wife is actually an introvert. His wife was one of my favorite professors in college and was as bubbly and outgoing as they come.
Knowing that she tested an “introvert” helped me understand that the Myers-Briggs test didn’t determine whether you were an introvert or an extrovert the way we seem to. If you’re quiet, you must be an introvert. If you’re loud, you must be an extrovert. Not so with Myers-Briggs!
It boiled down to where you get your energy, the woman from Myers-Briggs explained. Extroverts get their energy from the outside world while introverts get their energy internally, she said. Introverts often need alone time to feel rejuvenated and alive, but they can still be quite outgoing! Extroverts feel alive around people, but may still be rather quiet in social situations, according to Myers-Briggs.
I feel like I flirt with the line between extroversion and introversion. I definitely feed off the energy and excitement of others, but I absolutely need alone time to recharge and collect myself before go-go-going.
When I think of someone who is a true extrovert from a Myers-Briggs standpoint, I think of my good friend Merri. She is so fun, social and excitable and when we talked about this before, she said that she could be around people for days and days on end without feeling the need to be by herself.
I guess that’s where my introverted side comes in.
I love being around people, but need time to myself. This was something Ryan actually learned about me when we moved in together (see point number four on this post), and something that he thought was a little unexpected given the fact that I am rather outgoing in social situations. I get excited, talkative and energetic around people, but I love being by myself at times, too.
I think that’s why I really, really loved the Myers-Briggs test. At times I’ve felt like people expect me to be able to go, go, go and be outgoing all the time because I am naturally rather social, but I do need time to myself to recollect and I find too much social stimulation draining.
If you’re a psychologist, I’d love to learn more about what you think of the Myers-Briggs test and how you personally define introversion and extroversion, as I know there are a lot of opinions and studies out there.
Question of the Afternoon
- Would you define yourself as an introvert or an extrovert… or a bit of both?
- Do you feel like you get the most energy from being around others, or do you need time alone to feel rejuvenated?