Saturday, May 1, 2010

Introver versus Extrovert

A lot of writers are introverts yet we have to promote our books and venture out to meet the public. Introverts gain energy when by themselves which is important when you spent months in front of a keyboard writing a manuscript. Extroverts become energized when around other people. In addition to tests like the Meyer-Briggs that indicated where you fall on the introvert-extrovert scale, there is another simple indicator. At the end of a hard day of work would you rather curl up by yourself or go to a party? When I’ve taken Meyer-Briggs tests in the past, I always place just past the middle on the introvert side. But over the course of a career in marketing and now promoting books, I’ve learned to be more outgoing and now enjoy giving presentations. I’ve also thought there could be other scales to consider. Maybe a refinement of the introvert-extrovert measurement would be the activert-relaxavert to measure if you spent your spare time in activities or relaxing. Or the Emotovert vs. Holdinovert on how we show our emotions. How about the Takeovert compared to a Giveovert on a me versus you orientation? And then there is the Talkovert-Listenovert scale on whether we are talkers or listeners.

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