Kate Swanson writes about mental and physical well-being based on her personal experiences, as well as those of her family.
Whether a person is an introvert or an extrovert is only one small part of the jigsaw that makes a personality.
Introverted people are often stereotyped as loners—people who don’t like the company of others, and are therefore happiest in jobs where they can work alone. This is a complete misunderstanding of what introversion is! Yes, there are some introverts who fit that description—but there are just as many who don't.
For instance, because working alone means an absence of distractions, introverts are often pushed towards jobs requiring concentration and attention to detail, like accounting. In reality, introverts are just as likely to be “big picture” people, or idealistic dreamers, who would find detail and process tedious and mind-numbing.
Introverts Are not Always "Loners"
While some introverted people like their own company, others—especially those with few family members or friends—may actually crave a busy working environment with plenty of “buzz”, otherwise they would live fairly isolated lives.
Introverts can even be exhibitionists! It’s surprising how many performers (dancers, singers, actors) are introverts in their ordinary lives. On stage, they come out of their shell and become a completely different person. For this kind of introvert, performing is an important and necessary release.
There Are Degrees of Introversion
It's also important to remember there are degrees of introversion. If you imagine introversion and extroversion as a line, people’s personalities can sit anywhere along that line. There are people who are extremely introverted, and wouldn’t care if they never met another person; and there are people who are extremely extroverted, who can’t contemplate life without an audience. Most of us are somewhere in between.
In addition, introversion/extroversion is only one small facet of our make-up, so it can never be the sole determinant of how we best to live our lives. There are several other aspects of personality. Do you see the world in black and white, or shades of grey? Do you base your decisions on facts and figures, or on your intuition? Can you empathise with others' feelings or do you just not "get" why people are so emotional?
All these aspects of personality interplay with and influence each other, and determine your likes, dislikes, values and behaviour - as well as your best career choices. It's quite a complex job to work out how they interact. For that reason, the best way to discover your career options is to take a personality test.
The most popular and best-known test is the Myers-Brigg. You'll find some simple free versions on the net, but it's well worth paying a fee for the real thing, or at least buying a book that will give you the tools to analyze the results. Knowing what personality type you are won't help you a lot—you need to understand what it means.
I remember when I did the test, I was given an entire booklet explaining how it affected my relationships and my career choices! You won't get that kind of information from an internet freebie—they're mainly intended as a fun exercise.
It's very important to be completely honest when taking any personality test. Our society is biased towards extroversion, so introverts often make the mistake of thinking there is a “right” and “wrong” answer to the questions—with the introverted answer being the wrong one!
For instance, one question might be whether you enjoy working in a team. At work, you’ve been trained that the right answer is “Yes” because teamwork is all the rage in today’s corporations. But if the truth is you’re an introvert and would much rather work alone, a “Yes” answer in a personality test will give you a false score as an extrovert. It won’t just skew your results, but distort all the advice you might be given as a result.
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So when you take a personality test, try to leave your work hat at the door. Forget how your family, friends or colleagues think you should behave. Answer as you, and you will get a much more accurate result—and advice that can really work for you.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2007 Kate Swanson
Kim Kennedy from uk on August 08, 2012:
I read recently that introverts simply don't like as much stimulation as exotroverts, they can't take it. It has to be on their own terms, and I get that. Guess I'm a bit of a turtle, sometimes I just have to pull back into my shell. Extroverts are so "out there" their views seem to take on more significance. We're all different, but I have the feeling introverts are more acepting of the differences. Love your hub, thank you.
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on August 08, 2012:
Intro-vert, I know exactly how you feel. I get the same "snob" feedback at times, I wish I knew how NOT to give that impression!
Even though people see me as reserved, I am good at doing presentations or making a "pitch" - my passion and enthusiasm come out. You may be the same.
intro-vert on August 08, 2012:
There are moments where i'm bubbly and cheerful but i have realised that most of the time, i am quiete and reserved. is there a problem in this because i have a passion for marketing but for some reason i think i'm not cut for the industry anymore due to my quiete nature. People say i am a snob at first sight and it hurts to always prove that i'm not. anyone who is in my shoes?
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 19, 2012:
I didn't think I'd ever get to the end of the comment section. The attention is well-deserved as this is a very informative hub with great suggestions. Well done! Introverts unite!
Kwamina on December 05, 2011:
Thank you. Introverts go for quality over quantity.
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on November 15, 2011:
Jo, I'm also an INFP and I know what you mean!
JoKalvin on November 09, 2011:
I took that personality test about two years ago, and I found out that my personality type is INFP. I even cried! Not because I didn't like the result, but because of the accuracy of the test! At that moment I felt like I finally found my place in the world. It gave me an explanation to my behavior, and answered my "why-am-I-like-this" questions. It made me accept myself more and think of ways to contribute to the society given that personality type.
Thank you for promoting the introverts. I, being one, believe in our power. It is said that only 20% of the population is introverted, and yet 80% of these introverts are the most gifted in the world! I truly believe that because many actors, writers, musicians, artists, humanitarians, and other big people who changed the world were/are introverts themselves. What an honor!
Sarah on August 25, 2011:
What a fantastic site. I now know that what I thought was 'wrong' with me is not really wrong at all and that there are many others feeling exactly the way I do.
Since my early teens, I have experienced such a high degree of shyness that although I am at heart a people person and generally enjoy interaction with others, I tend to avoid joining in with conversations unless I know for sure I am accepted by the people around me. I am close to my family & am fortunate to have a lot of close friends (who are all people who took the time to bother to get to know me slowly over long periods of time). What I have always found difficult is situations where I am forced to interact with people who I don't really know - work colleagues to be precise. It was the same for me at school. I felt like I was abnormal in some way. No one there bothered to speak to me except 2 close childhood friends.
If only I could get over my shyness at work my life would be so much easier. I am so exhausted with trying to appear as though I enjoy making small talk in the office. I feel so anxious all the time when I'm at work. It's so strange as when I'm out with my friends I can be the life and sole of the party! I guess I just need to be sure I'm accepted and then my shyness goes away.
I really want to change jobs as the one i'm in now involves far too much social interaction, along with a large workload and having to deal with calls from angry people all day long. I think I should take the test to find out what might suit me better :)
vinolia on August 11, 2011:
thanx for the uplifting info
TheMonk from Brazil on July 05, 2011:
I´m so introverted I actually bought an industrial standard noise canceling headphones to use at work! Those are ment to be used in airports and construction sites! lol
clark farley on May 28, 2011:
Good Hub, agree completely about the danger of making generalizations about introverts and introversion, context is such a huge factor.
Looking at other personality systems that attempt a more 'global' approach can be useful, taking multiple interpretations and seeing where the over-lap is can also be productive. After all personality assessments are all (at best) beneficial tools and (at worst) encouraging avoidence of real but surmountable hinderances to self-understanding.
www.lookseenow on April 28, 2011:
Thanks for the hub about careers for introverts. As a truck driver that’s the perfect career for introverts, because he’s on his own until he reaches the customer. Of course then he has to deal with clerks, and checkers, some can be obnoxious, but most of the time it’s a loner job following the white line. Thanks for the post, and I linked my post to your post.
Charlene on April 18, 2011:
Is there anything positive about being an introvert? My husband is an extrovert and everyday I wish I was, too. Life seems so much easier for them.
Becky from Oklahoma on November 09, 2010:
I have a friend that might benefit from this hub, I plan to pass it on to her. Great hub.
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on October 30, 2010:
Mina, it sounds like you need some counselling to help with your personal problems before you can move forward.
mina on October 30, 2010:
what the problem is im an only child abandon child i dnt get suport from a family im having a hard time to find a first step im stuck in this rut i dnt have a concept of family love even myself. i dnt knw why m here in this earth lol that's y i cnt pas job interviews unemployed wat wil be the step to take
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on October 29, 2010:
Mina, social work could suit you very well. You will probably need to do a university qualification in social work.
mina on October 29, 2010:
im an introvert im havin a hard time to think where should i put myself im a thinker problem solver curious consultant joker compasionate and confuse lol i want to be a social worker take good care of the unwanted abandon n unwanted child coz i knw how it feels what wil be the nxt move
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on October 13, 2010:
Nicole, the whole point of the article is that there IS no such thing as a simple list of jobs that suit introverts.
For instance, acting suits some introverts down to the ground because it gives them a safe place where they can express themselves. Whereas other introverted types would shudder at the thought of getting up on stage.
Some introverts would love being a writer, sitting alone at home with their PC - whereas other introverts would feel lonely, and need some buzz around them.
If I was going to list all suitable jobs for all the different kinds of introverts, I'd need hundreds of pages.
First find out what kind of introvert you are, by taking some personality tests. Then you will find plenty of guidance on which jobs suit your particular type.
nicole Johnson on October 13, 2010:
This info was useless and misleading. the title of this link was suitable jobs for introverts it did not give any job suggestions just someones opinion verses the general opininion of introverts.
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on October 10, 2010:
Ayush, I know how you feel. But if you give up going out, you're simply guaranteeing you won't meet anyone. Do you enjoy going to parties? Have you thought that maybe the kind of people who go to parties aren't your kind of people anyway?
Are there any other kinds of social activities you could join?
Ayush on October 10, 2010:
Well, i m an introvert n as mentioned a lot in earlier posts is that i m in dire need of FRIENDS!! I hv only a couple of friends but they r very special n m greatly bonded to them...but otherwise lik if i want to hangout and all, there's no one i can look forward to...i would love to make more friends and hang out with them...people call me 'strange' and 'unfriendly'..they don't invite me to parties or movie outings etc...i feel very lonely n depressed...i hv now stopped going to parties as i see no hope...PLZZZ HELP ME!!! WHAT SHOULD I DO????
Steve on October 08, 2010:
I'm an introvert who has recently joined an IT Company and I absolutely hate the office small talk, I just feel so uninterested and drift off in my head somewhere, I just don't feel the need to fill every silent gap in a conversion. I don't think I'm shy in any way and when I have an opinion I express it strongly. I'm not easily pressured and a lot of people think I'm arrogant because I refuse to stay out all night drinking, I'm a very confident and independent individual but It's difficult when you're put into situations where you're around a lot of people who are socially very similar.
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on October 07, 2010:
Yes Mary, that's a common reaction - we think about what we SHOULD answer rather than what we really feel. All you can do is take that into account when you get the results - and take the test again, honestly, when you get the chance!
Mary on October 07, 2010:
crap. i took that test a couple of weeks ago and am really worried about my results which i'm getting soon. There were a bunch of questions i struggled with because i was afraid of what my results were going to be. I thought that if i answered that i prefer working alone and i do feel drained after hanging out with a bunch of friends for a long time that i'd be told that i was anti-social or a loner. great. now i'm going to get results for someone i want to be, not who i actually am.
Janelle on September 10, 2010:
Thank you so much! After I read the article, I read all of these great posts by everyone. I am 30 years old and work as a hairdresser and I finally have discovered that I am an introvert! I work for myself in a studio at my own home and love it so much more than working in a busy salon. I too love being around people, but hesitate going to parties and shopping with friends. I like to shop, work and vacation on my own or with my husband. It's exhausting having to interact with more than a few people, even though I love being around people. I once went on an interview to be a clothing stylist (sale consultant) because I thought I would really love being around the fashion/ trend end of the industry, but I bombed the interview when the person that was interviewing me started asking me personality questions about myself and not going off of my resume/qualifications. I was not prepared for that! Now I know there were no right or wrong answers, she was trying to get to know me. I answered every question like I was asking a question. Totally bombed it! After the interview I went home, crawled into bed and pulled to covers over my head! This hub has helped me a lot!
" I can see clearly now the rain in gone..."
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on July 14, 2010:
@LeanMan, that's an interesting example of how we shouldn't feel pressured to take a job that fits our qualifications, not our personality!
Tony from At the Gemba on July 14, 2010:
Several years ago, in a previous economic downturn I had a need for an additional employee within my department, as there was no external hiring I asked HR to do a search of employees with high levels of qualifications to see if there was anyone suitable internally in the general workforce of the company.
They came back to me with a guy who had a string of qualifications which cumulated in a doctorate in astrophysics! This guy was the middle aged unassuming guy that drove the forklift in the stores, he was responsible for locating and recovering all items in the stores..
I spoke to him regarding the position but he was uninterested, he found working with other people distracting and stressful and preferred his own little ordered world.
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on June 22, 2010:
@missingfire, I'm sure many introverts will identify with your experience, thanks for sharing.
missingfire on June 22, 2010:
I am an intervert.
When I was a kid, I didn't know how to talk. I didn't talk in the kindergarden. In front of my parent's friend, I dared not to say "hello" even my parents encouraged me because I worried I didn't say well.
I never made a move first to classmates and for friends. But I am the person always got help and protection.
Even I performed the number 1 top at school, I was ignored, humilliated sometime.
Until high school, I read a lot of books about famous people. I decided to change. So I thought a lot and practiced before every sentence I wanted to speak, red newspapers and tried to talk about the subject on the papers. At first, my classmates were not interested the subject that I talked about. Then I thought about subjects they were interested. And I started to learn how to make some jokes.
After a couple of years I can speak freely and talkative.
I am still an introvert. From being a kid to now. But I don't want to be let alone. I like to work in a people environment. But now I make the first move when I meet new people whether or not they like me. I feel happier in my live.
Like I said, I am still an introvert. In a party or if I speak for a long time, it drain me out. And I am not good at gassip at the office or politics. I am OK to stay that way.
And I am an immigrant. After I came here, my English level dragged my back to the old time.
After I worked as a salesperson, I can talk to anyone again. Even I don't like the job. It's not for me. Now I am not a sales anymore. But it really helped me to open up myself.
You don't have to change totally to extrovert. But change a little bit, make the first talk can help yourself not being misunderstood as a snob and get more friendly signal in the public.
I agree introvert is creative, like to think, research and solve problem. Introvert like to be around with people too (just not talk too much in the public). So think about these for your career.
Dr. A.J. Drenth on May 12, 2010:
In my research and experience, I have found that introverted intuitive personality types (INTPs, INTJs, INFPs, INFJs) often have the most difficulty discerning and committing to a single career. These types are known for their insatiable curiosity and broad interests, sometimes making it difficult to "settle" for a single pursuit. Not only is the MBTI personality indicator a handy tool in career decision-making, but also the Strong Interest/ Holland inventory. Fortunately, there are now lists of careers available that are associated with each personality type as well as a two or three letter Holland interest code. I have discovered that many intuitive introverts possess strong interests in both the artistic and investigative domains. Such careers may be described with codes such as AI (artistic-investigative), which help to weight the degree to which each is involved in that particular career. With all that said, it is equally important for introverts to put themselves out there and gain experience. Only then can they truly learn what they like as opposed to what they'd rather leave for the extraverts!
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on April 08, 2010:
Frank, I can identify with what you say. I'm an introvert, yet I'm told that I "light up" on stage. It's like putting on another skin enables me to express myself without the shyness I feel in daily life.
Frank on April 08, 2010:
This is a really interesting Website. Whoever created it had a great idea. It helps to come across a site where people understand that being introverted doesn’t imply being anti-social or unfriendly at all and who are willing to give people like us a chance instead of taking cheap shots at us all the time.
I guess I would be a different and unique sort of introvert in many ways. I’m an African male in his 30s currently living in my home country in Central Africa. I make friends easily and have no trouble approaching/making a move on any woman I find attractive. Described by many as very shy and reserved, I wasn’t given a chance when I campaigned to become president of my student government in high school. In my rivals’ and detractors’ eyes, public speaking was expected to be my downfall. Not only did I prove them wrong and campaign effectively within classrooms and in my speech in front of the school, but I won the election with 772 votes, while my rivals trailed 400 and 232 votes respectively. That was one of the major challenges and obstacles I faced in my younger life…trying to make my dream of becoming president of student government come true.
I’m accused of not spending enough time with my family, not communicating enough at all with my parents and older siblings, and generally spending a lot of time in my room, and that isn’t perceived very kindly at all. I’m the youngest in my family and my parents were generally very busy people who didn’t have very much time to take care of me when I was growing up between 11-19 years old. My older siblings say I open up more to strangers than to they themselves my family members. My older siblings traveled out of the country for college when I was in my very early teens, so I spent much of my life growing up alone.
The most interesting thing in all of this is that despite being labeled all the things introverts are generally called, I have seen that I feel very comfortable performing in front of the camera as an actor…playing different roles and bringing so much energy and life into them; I have discovered that I seem to have a talent for comedy and a genius to make people laugh, which greatly shocks most people who believe they know me. It’s like I just light up and blow up when I’m performing, and I haven’t taken that many acting classes at all. It’s primarily my passion for the arts that drives me. I now find myself struggling to explain to my parents and older siblings that I don’t spend a lot of time in my room as a conscious effort to isolate myself from them, but no one seems to believe me and I now suddenly find myself dealing with a problem with my immediate family members.
Butterz on March 11, 2010:
Wow!! This helped me a great deal after I read this and it made a lot of sense why i was so different(!) compared to all of my friends and peers :)
peacefulparadox on January 11, 2010:
I read somewhere (can't remember where) that introverts tend to end up in careers related to "consulting" (or high numbers of them find themselves in jobs where they call themselves "consultants").
At first, I thought it strange. Because why would introverts be in jobs where they have to talk and interface with "clients"?
Then it makes senses. They must be "independent consultants". That means they work for themselves (probably in their own homes). Then they don't have to socialize with co-workers, or play politics, or chit-chat in a corporate, office, or retail environment.
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on January 04, 2010:
I know what you mean, Empress. For me, it was reassuring to find there was a reason why I sometimes felt like an alien from another planet!
EmpressFelicity from Kent, England, UK on January 04, 2010:
I discovered Myers Briggs online a few years back - it was a real eye opener (although I have to admit, I was too stingy to pay to take the "proper" test). Even the freebie online tests were quite informative though, and strangely reassuring... it's nice to be told that being in a tiny minority (i.e. belonging to a personality type that makes up only 1% or so of the population) is not a sign that you're dysfunctional. A refreshing change from the extraverted/sensor "norm".
Jyoti Kothari from Jaipur on December 22, 2009:
This is really a good hub. Introvert people have lot of complications in the competitive world. This hub will be proved as torch light in the dark for them.
Thanks and Thumbs up!
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on December 09, 2009:
What a great comment, Liam. It certainly resonates with me - I'm confident on stage because I have a "script" - my dance steps - and I'm confident at work because I'm acting a part (I definitely have a work "persona" which is not my natural self). I suppose we all develop coping mechanisms without realising it.
LiamAnderson on December 09, 2009:
Thanks for the hub.
I was and, in some situations, still am an introvert. What has helped me to come out of my shell has been working as a teacher and later trainer.
On the one hand, you have to deal with people, which can be scary for an introvert. On the other hand, you have a very well defined role, and if you have planned your lessons/ training sessions properly and you know what you are supposed to be teaching, you can handle most situations that you come across. (One of my students asking if I would marry her in front of her 20 teenage classmates did rattle me a bit, I have to admit! Both 'yes' and 'no' were incorrect answers!)
Where I have problems with my own introversion is situations such as parties where I still don't feel comfortable because I don't really have a 'script'.
For those of you out there in the world who are NOT introverts, please show understanding, that is why we seem hesitant, awkward etc and we tend to clam up when a conversation takes an unexpected turn. It is also why introverts can have sudden bursts of extroversion, because they find a situation where they can run on a script and suddenly they feel confident!
If you see an introvert and want to help him/her out, include him/her in the conversation, but try not to be too challenging. Whe s/he is trying to speak, try to let him/her finish his/her sentence, s/he will be worrying a lot more about what to say than you will, and so will take longer to think about what s/he will say.
If you are an introvert, unless you do something really stupid, most embarrassing situations are only temporary. The kind of people who hold an awkward moment against you for the rest of their lives are pretty stupid, and most 'damage' can be repaired with an apology.
That's my experience. Introverts of the world, go for it! When you look at the extroverts in politics, you really can't be that dumb!
Art Wartenbe from Northwestern Florida, Gulfcoast on November 29, 2009:
This is an interesting hub. I really enjoyed reading this. It takes all kinds of people to make up a world and introverts are a part of that population. Excellent hub.
Aya Katz from The Ozarks on November 22, 2009:
Marisa, very insightful. I am an introvert who likes to collaborate! That's so hard to explain, but I think that you have a handle on all these variations on introversion. We need time alone to work out our contribution, but then it's fun to share it with others and let them make their contribution, which is equally valuable!
whitney_185 on November 18, 2009:
I liked the video being on here. I agree with his test for himself. After a night out or even big event need to go home and recharge!
TnFlash from Tampa, Florida on November 10, 2009:
Great Hub!! Being am introvert myself, I found this spiritually uplifting.
The Rope from SE US on November 07, 2009:
Excellent hub - so glad that someone finally explained it so directly. It is such a misunderstood concept. The Myers Briggs test is an excellent example since it is almost impossible to "trick" the system. I've never run into anyone didn't feel it was exactly on target. Many of our colleges offer it or some of the other updated versions for free.
betina on October 27, 2009:
excellent work . Fine info for the suitable career ones .
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on October 20, 2009:
The thing to do, Mary D, is not to think you have to base your career choice on whether you're introvert or extrovert. That might actually be irrelevant to your choice! Look at other aspects of your personality - and most important of all, ask yourself what you love to do.
Mary D on October 20, 2009:
yeah i hate it when extroverts think introverts dont like anybody lol. that's so not true. i am an introvert, i prefer working alone,but i also love to be around people and meet new people. so i think im in between, but i still dont know what career what best would suit me. any ideas?
probyte2u on October 04, 2009:
Good hub for the loners !
I was introvert type of people and always loner type but after working and other experience totally change my personality.
Working and business experience helps to solve my introvert problem and have a better day now. Good Day !
samueldiener from Philadelphia on September 25, 2009:
Great hub. I hope you help a lot of people!
sbeakr on August 27, 2009:
Dancer, introvert, singer, introvert, literary exhibitionist, introvert...this is such a great article! The attention to subtleties is a perfect treatment of this too-often misunderstood personality structure!
Lindsey Rainwater from Gooding, ID on August 27, 2009:
I took one of those personality tests, and was pegged way at the introvert end of the scale. My career counseler gave me the paper that suggests careers, and writer was on the list. What was funny was that I was already in the process of setting up my own freelance writing business!
I think we have a tendency to gravitate toward the right careers more than we give ourselves credit for. People need to trust their personalities and intuition more, and not go for a certain type of job because of other people's pushing.
Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on August 14, 2009:
Excellent hub! I love this because I am said to be an introvert. I love life and can work alone well. But I also love people, because I am secure and self sufficient it can often be termed reserved. I see it as focused. As a counselor I can easily lay aside self and focus on my clients needs objectively. Thank You!
Clive Fagan from South Africa on July 06, 2009:
Excellent hub with very useful information. You certainly busted the stereotypes with this hub.
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on July 06, 2009:
I also have to apologise to seinab and Shannon for not responding to their comments - yes, I've been called "aloof" and "reserved". I've had experiences where colleagues haven't offered to help me when I'm struggling with a job and if the subject comes up later, they'll say they didn't think I needed help because I always seem so "self-sufficient".
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on July 06, 2009:
The comment below was made by Hans Dekker, but unfortunately was corrupted during posting, so I'm posting it on his behalf:
"yes there is a lot of prejudice against more introvert personalities within corporations. Team, team and teamwork again, be proactive, just do it personalities is what a lot of companies want. I firmly believe that both in the inward as the outwards focused personalities have their own strong points. I always try to explain my clients to work toward a balance between the two. Even in a sales department some introverts are the perfect antidote against blind optimism. And would you rather have a silent focused or a “let’s get up and go” prepare a space shuttle mission? You need both, ideally the point where the introvert shines is the point where the extrovert gets uninterested, takes risks etc."
Well said, Hans!
seinab on June 12, 2009:
woooow i feel the same way shannon too....omg it is very draining to find out i am being label as a snob because i just like being alone more then i enjoy being around others.and i have to always prove to others that i am not the person who they think i am.just a little bit different. and that's a good thing.it wouldn't be so cool if everyone were the same personalilty wise.
thank you marisa for this wonderful article.
Shannon on June 07, 2009:
Thanks soo much for the article, Marisa. It's nice knowing I'm not alone...or that I'm some kind of freak for not socializing or enjoy being around groups of ppl. I'm always being ignored/snubbed, typecasted as a "snob", or thought of as "she thinks she's better than everyone else". I have to smile all the time to let ppl know I'm friendly and not a ppl hater...it's soo exhausting!!
Motaz from Egypt on April 05, 2009:
well written, Marissa
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on March 22, 2009:
Sarah, many introverts get that message and it's so unfair. There's nothing wrong with being an introvert! Society would be a poorer place without the reflective introvert.
sarah on March 22, 2009:
thank you so much for this article! i'm an actor and an introvert and most ppl dont understand that! being an introvert has so much stigma attached to it, i've always been told that there's something wrong with me for being an introvert.
Ray Saunders from Raleigh on November 26, 2008:
Great article. I'm a true introvert at heart and I like how you dispelled the stereotypes.
summer10 from my happy place :) on July 10, 2008:
Excellent Article !! dissecting labels can lead to squashing judgment... wouldn't it be nice to always wait until all facts are in before we make blank generalizations??
Kate Swanson (author) from Sydney on May 22, 2008:
Groupiegirl, that's the point I was trying to make - it's impossible to give a list of job suggestions for introverts, because there's no such thing as a "typical introvert". I'm an introvert and a suitable career for me is as a performer or creative artist. But that would be hell for other introverts with different personality traits, who would be much happier as an accountant or actuary.
GroupieGirlNJ from Philadelphia, PA on May 22, 2008:
Good article, I agree with your advice for taking a personaliy test accurately... Although I admit I was expecting to find a list of job suggestions for introverts, because of the title! lol
SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on April 07, 2008:
I am an introvert and I totally agree with this article. I do not love to mathematics and I am not shy, I simply excel and enjoy at working on my own.
Cameron Corniuk from Painesville, OH on March 05, 2008:
Erin M from Portland, OR on January 30, 2008:
Thank you for clearing up this common misconception!
sminut13 from singapore on December 28, 2007:
great hub yep i go to the introverted category too
markuz182 on October 19, 2007:
I think you're quite right. I'm introverted and Many of the things you said described me well.
Have a nice day.
perfumer from California on October 07, 2007:
Great HUB - Very useful information!