I have noticed a trend lately as identified in today’s cartoon with people who describe themselves as introverted. Many of us have taken a Meyers-Briggs type assessment for work or fun that tries to identify our personality. Companies use tools like this to try to help teams understand the different dynamics of its members. In my days of using these tools I preferred DiSC as it measured behavior versus MB’s personality. What is the difference, you ask? If you ask people at work if I was Introverted or Extroverted they would all say Extroverted because my behavior at work is very outgoing in nature. However my true personality is introverted.
In situations where I am at work or a work function, among a group of friends or the center of attention, I behave in a manner that is very extroverted. Most other situations, (bar mingling when I was single, networking for non work related functions, etc) I am extremely shy and introverted. So behavior is situational while personality is hard fast.
So while some people are introverts in real life, I see more and more people behaving like extroverts online and proudly beating their chests about being introverted.
How about you? Are there situations where you would describe yourself as one versus the other?