Months back I took a series of personality profile tests. Everything from the StrengthsFinder to the Myers-Briggs to the RightPath 4/6 Profiles to a D.I.S.C. Profile. Besides being exhaustive and adding to my already unhealthy levels self-awareness, it helped me identify something about myself that I’ve never fully been able to wrap my brain around: I’m an introvert. For real and true.
Discovering this about myself, I set out on a journey to find out all I could about this part of my personality. I realized that I had a ton of ill-conceived notions of what an introvert is and is not. I’ve come to understand that being an introvert doesn’t necessariy mean I’m a wallflower, or hate being around people. There is so much more to it than that…it’s what I call ‘complicated.’ I’m a public person, meaning I’m comfortable sharing my life and my story in front of others. I’m not scared of being on stage in front of others, or having lunch with someone I’ve just met. I actually enjoy the thrill of it all.
However, when all of the activity in front of others is said and done, I have a much different response. I withdraw. It’s not that I don’t like being with people, it’s that it doesn’t energize me. It actually does just the opposite to me, it leaves me emptied. I think I’ve always known this about myself, but over the years I’ve learned to manage my introverted-ness in special ways. I don’t want the fact that being with others drains me, and being alone (or with my family) energizes me; to be the excuse that keeps me from all that God may have for me. It’s a daily task of managing how much I give versus how much keep for myself.
This week I’m going to write a bit about how I manage this part of my life, and ways you could live with your own introverts that are around you everyday.