Introvert/Extrovert Spectrum

Introvert/Extrovert Spectrum
Quiet, by Susan Cain

If you’re not sure where you fall on the introvert-extrovert spectrum, you can assess yourself here.  Answer each questions ‘true’ or ‘false’, choosing the answer that applies to you more often that not.


This is an informal quiz, not a scientifically validated personality test.  The questions were formulated based on characteristics of introversion often accepted by contemporary researchers.


1. I prefer one-on-one conversations to group activities.
2. I often prefer to express myself in writing.
3. I enjoy solitude.
4. I seem to care less than my peers about wealth, fame, and status.
5. I dislike small talk, but enjoy talking in depth about topics that matter to me.
6. People tell me that I’m a good listener.
7. I’m not a big risk-taker.
8. I enjoy work that allows me to ‘dive in’ with few interruptions.
9. I like to celebrate birthdays on a small scale, with only one or two close friends or family members.
10. People describe me as ‘soft-spoken’ or ‘mellow’.
11. I prefer not to show or discuss my work with others until it’s finished.
12. I dislike conflict.
13. I do my best work on my own.
14. I tend to think before I speak.
15. I feel drained after being out and about, even if I’ve enjoyed myself.
16. I often let calls go through to voice mail.
17. If I had to choose, I’d prefer a weekend with absolutely nothing to do to one too many things scheduled.
18. I don’t enjoy multitasking.
19. I can concentrate easily.
20. In classroom situations, I prefer lectures to seminars.


The more often you answered ‘true’, the more intorverted your probably are.  if you found yourself with a roughly equal number of ‘true’ and ‘false’ answers, then you may be an ambivert – yes, there really is such a word.


But even if you answered every single question as an introvert or extrovert, that doesn’t mean that your behaviour is predictable across all circumstances.  We can’t say that every introvert is a bookworm or every extrovert wears lampshades at parties any more that we can say that every woman is a natural consensus-builder and every man loves contact sports.  As Jung felicitously put it, "There is no such thing as a pure extrovert or a pure introvert.  Such a person would be in the lunatic asylum."