[While I doubt that there are many people who are unfamiliar with the term introvert (or it's opposite, extrovert), the term was made popular by Carl Jung and the creators of the Myers-Briggs personality test. Introverts tend to be characterized as quiet, shy or reserved, preferring solitary time over group interactions.]
For about as long as I can remember, I've been quiet. As a child, I preferred reading to going to sleepovers, and I created wild and complex imaginary worlds for my barbie dolls in the privacy of my bedroom while the neighbor kids played games outside. As an adult, I find myself more likely to choose a night in with my husband over a night out at the bar and I look forward to an odd evening alone in my apartment.
Since it's never been a secret that I am a tried-and-true introvert, I have often chuckled and wondered at my life and career choices. In college, I studied theater and was consistently in front of audiences and now I work in a job that requires me to be in regular contact with many people and to constantly attend and manage large parties. It would seem that I have consistently put my introverted self in seemingly extroverted paths. And yet, I've never been happier in my life. Strange, right?
If any of you out there are fellow introverts (or, if there is someone you love who is an introvert), I would encourage you to read Susan Cain's Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking. I read this book last year, and it has completely changed the way I think about myself and my work as a wedding planner. Among other helpful characterizations, Cain refers to introversion as "a preference for environments that are not overstimulating."
Now, anyone who has been to a wedding or has planned one knows that wedding world is often an overstimulating place, and as such, you'd think an introvert would avoid such a place. However, I see it as my job to use my introverted tendencies and sensibilities to help control and focus the stimulation of wedding planning for my couples, and therefore make wedding world an easier place to be. Funny how introversion can be an asset to a party planner, isn't it?
In any case, I wanted to share this bit of insight into my personality to encourage all of you to do the same. I've found it incredibly helpful to learn more about myself and the ways I operate and integrate my findings into the way I work. I think it's made my work easier, more enjoyable, and more....me.
So tell me, what's your type? According to Meyers Briggs, I'm an INFJ. Don't know your type? Take the test here, and share below!