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What is an introvert?

Introverts gain energy by being alone. Stimulating environments and social situations are draining for introverts. We can only handle so much before we MUST restore ourselves in solitude.

This is where many people are confused about introversion. It’s not about wanting to avoid people because of shyness, or sadness. Introverts NEED to spend time alone to feel at our best. Plain and simple.

In contrast, extroverts are energized by socializing. They get a buzz from the very activities that overwhelm introverts. When extroverts spend too much time alone, they feel bored and depleted.

Neither personality type is superior, we simply have different needs.

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Introvert – How to NOT feel guilty for staying home

Staying home is meant to be bliss for an introvert. But this isn’t always the case. Often, our sweet solitude turns sour. And here’s the most annoying part: Our staycations and hibernations are foiled by something we feel like we have no control over. Something that is both our greatest ally and our most feared opponent. Have you guessed what I’m talking about yet? It’s our own mind, of course. The minute we take some precious introvert “me time”, our brain starts making us feel guilty about it. Introverts don’t trust ourselves The problem is, we don’t trust ourselves. We think that one night in will multiply to six, then ten, then before we know it we are Forever Alone and surrounded by cats. There’s another, more painful reason for our guilt. We think that alone means selfish. And selfish means bad. And bad means unloveable. We really can’t help thinking this way. This simple train of logic was branded on our innocent introvert brain before we could even speak. It’s all so sad because being alone is a necessary perk of being an introvert. We can plug ourselves into solitude and magically emerge recharged and ready to take on the world again. So, how can an introvert shed the guilt, and actually enjoy staying home? 3 Steps to get rid of introvert guilt: Find the source of your introvert guilt. Do you feel guilty because you believe that liking your alone time is selfish? Do you fear that you’ll love hibernating so much that you’ll never want to emerge from your cave? Do you believe that others will judge you for... read more

INTP Personality: The Inventive Logician

The INTP personality type is very rare, making up only 3% of the population. This is however a good thing for them, because they like to draw and think outside the lines. Their intellect and keen sense of understanding makes them ideal inventors. The level of logic the INTPs have at their disposal is unparalleled. Though often they appear to daydream, the fact is that they are wondering. INTPs monitor and search the realm of ideas more than any other personality. For an INTP personality, nothing is impossible. it’s only a matter of time. When focused on a task, nothing can break their concentration and desire to explore. I had the honor of meeting one INTP in my life. He is a bio-genetics researcher, and one of the most intelligent people I have ever met. The INTP personality knowledge quest “Everything can be explained.” This was the sentence my INTP acquaintance repeated numerous times. For INTPs, no stone will be left unturned when their mind gets excited and starts analyzing. Often you will notice that an INTP personality seems confused, maybe even lost. The reality is quite different. Their cognitive process of thinking is so complex, that it can be compared to the Spock character from Star Trek. Guided by logic, INTPs are not led by emotions. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t have them. They simply seek a logical solution that can help and be meaningful. Sometimes referred to as “cold”, INTPs say the truth that many don’t want to hear. An INTP’s mind is their guide and biggest support Far from being indifferent, the INTP personality... read more

ISTP Personality – The Crafter Explained

“If the rules only get in the way, then the rules must change” – these words are fundamental to the ISTP personality. ISTP personality types like to stimulate our senses. We also tend to take risks and bend, or even break, the rules. Have you ever been in a emergency situation? ISTPs are the ones who get you out of it. Do you watch extreme sports or daredevil videos? ISTPs are usually the ones doing it. We are fiercely independent and like to keep our lives open to whatever we feel like doing. But we don’t just jump into something and think about it later. We must analyze all angles, and go with what angle works best. We do not respect the rules of the “system”, but follow our own rules faithfully. We’re fiercely loyal to our causes and beliefs. If you violate these beliefs, we can be cold and dismissive. Here are some famous ISTPs you might have heard of: Famous ISTP Personality Types Michael Jordan Bill Murray Bruce Lee Scarlett Johansson Tom Cruise Clint Eastwood Demi Moore Emily Blunt Anna Kndrick James Dean Snoop Dogg John Malkovich Harrison Ford Christian Bale Frank Zappa Dalai Lama Steve Jobs Vladimir Putin ..To name a few The most famous ISTP personality of all time? A classic example of an ISTP personality would be the iconic character of James Bond, 007. The British spy has all the traits of our personality type. He will analyze a situation until he finds the best way to handle it on his own terms. In the face of danger or emergency, he is calm and... read more

ISFP Personality Type: The Sensual Artist

The ISFP personality type, which makes up about 9% of the population, relates to the world through the senses.  Their sensory approach to life drives their hobbies, career choices and relationships. But not in the way you might think. The present moment is an ISFP’s happy place. Like true zen masters, ISFPs have been living in the Now since long before Eckhart Tolle made it cool. Though they may seem carefree and even self-indulgent at first glance, the ISFP personality type takes life very seriously. All of their exploits are driven by their deeper values. Their core beliefs are the winds that direct the sails of their decisions. Unlike the more logical types, such as the ISTJ and INTJ, the ISFP is not interested in planning a secure future. Their main goal in life is to build identity in the here and now. They are creating a collage of experiences that align with their values. For the ISFP personality type, the beauty is in the process rather than the final product. And if there is one thing ISFPs know about, it’s beauty. The ISFP eye for aesthetics The ISFP personality type has a natural eye for aesthetics. They are the hands-on artists who transform everyday objects and spaces into a sensory delight. Whether their creation is in the form of visual art, music, or interior design, it is sure to titillate the senses. ISFPs also have a deep appreciation for the beauty of nature. The ISFP personality type at work The ISFP personality type will often choose a career that allows them to be creative and work with their hands. They might... read more

INFP Personality Type: Convention is My Poison

I’m an INFP personality type. Conventional paths in life don’t satisfy me. Never have. It feels like my entire life has been a mission to find one thing or another. First, I had to discover who I was (an introverted idealist with a powerful creative streak). Next, I wanted to know where I fit in on planet earth (nowhere and everywhere). Finally, I set my sights on finding my purpose. This one is still in progress, but it mostly consists of connecting the dots and writing it all down. The INFP personality type in the wild You might have noticed me “in the wild”. You probably mistook me for a shy wallflower. Little did you know that beneath my stoic exterior there is fire. Like most INFPs, I’m passionate about my principles. My heart burns with a desire to discover, change, and grow. Here are some famous INFPs you might have heard of: Famous INFPs Audrey Hepburn Princess Diana Helen Keller C.S. Lewis J.R.R. Tolkien J.K. Rowling Bjork John Kerry Cameron Crowe John F. Kennedy Jr. Lisa Kudrow George Lucas Beck Isabel Briggs Myers As an INFP personality type, I’m open-minded and open-hearted. I always seek to understand without judgment; yet I’m rarely understood. Comprising only 4% of the population, I’m an enigma to most. That’s why I try my best to offer others the unconditional acceptance I rarely encounter. Unless you violate one of my core principles, I will accept you for who you are – no matter how odd a human you might be. In fact, I’m drawn to unconventional people because they satisfy my intense curiosity.... read more

How To Be An INFJ

The INFJ personality is the rarest Myers-Briggs type. These unique butterflies comprise only 1% of the world’s population. Even to Carl Jung, who is widely considered to be the founder of the personality examination, INFJs are the “mysterious ones”. Few understand the complex beauty of an INFJ mind. Many are intrigued by its deep understanding, and intuition. It is extremely rare to meet an INFJ personality in person. Everyone, including myself, will confirm that this is a special moment. You are not just meeting anyone, you are meeting a rare gem. Rare, but extremely valuable Even though I am an INFJ myself, I have never met one in person. However, I am lucky that several of my closest friends are INFJs. We haven’t met in real life yet, but having a virtual INFJ friend can also be wonderful! Speaking through Skype, my INFJ friend and I admitted that we are “scared” of how we will react when we first meet. The meeting of two INFJs is the equivalent of winning a lottery two times in a row. Many INFJs I speak with on a daily basis have the same problem. Because we are people oriented, we act like a small colony of meerkats when we find each other. We cherish and protect one another. Quality over quantity best describes an INFJ meeting. ☺ What’s important to know about the INFJ personality? What’s crucial to understand about INFJs is that we know we are rare. We know that the majority of people don’t understand us. This is why we value our own company more than anything. However, we care deeply... read more

3 Reasons INFJs Are Amazing Conversationalists

INFJs are often mistaken for being “cold.” It can be frustrating, because that’s not how we feel at all! INFJs are incredibly emotional. And in fact we love being with people. We just get lost in our thoughts. INFJs are constantly analyzing. Even during casual conversations we want to move deeper. That’s why we hate things like shallow small talk. While we may seem cold on the outside, we’re filled with warm, gooey chocolate goodness on the inside And despite (or perhaps because of) these challenges, INFJs make excellent conversationalists. Here are some INFJs you probably wouldn’t mind chatting up: – Plato – Carl Gustav Jung – Mahatma Gandhi – Thomas Jefferson – Al Pacino – Edward Norton – Cate Blanchett – Michelle Pfeiffer Not too shabby! Let’s take a closer look at what makes INFJs such great conversationalists. 1. We know how you feel (literally) First, INFJs have an uncanny ability to read people. We get “feelings” about things. And though we usually can’t fully explain why, we’re usually right. Socially, this translates to our ability to read emotions and body language effortlessly. We see right past facades and into the center of someone’s motives and true feelings. For example, someone may be smiling, but without even trying we intuitively know that they’re depressed. As a result, we often feel what others are feeling — literally. We are what’s called “empaths.” This is more than having empathy, or simply understanding what someone is going through. An empath literally feels what someone else is feeling. Even if they don’t understand or relate. And these feelings go beyond emotions. Some... read more

INTJ – No, I can’t “just relax”

Hi, my name is Patrick and I’m an INTJ. In a nutshell, this means that my natural tendency is to observe, analyze, and scrutinize any situation I find myself in, regardless of the context. Some might call it cold and calculating, but I prefer to live life in an efficient and optimized manner (so I tell myself). When I’m by myself, I’m completely at peace with it. In fact, because I run my own business, I view being a “cold” INTJ as a massive boon because I can focus and hit my milestones like no other. The INTJ nickname of “The Architect” is somewhat apt. That’s because work and business are mostly built on the currency of results and a defined end goal. When I see a goal and purpose, I can quickly articulate the steps needed to get there and execute. I’m adept at breaking down how something functions into small steps, and it’s a big part of why I’m good at what I do – teach conversation and social skills. But that’s not what life is all about. Don’t ask me to be carefree When I’m with my significant other, friends, and even family, sometimes it can actually be a significant hurdle to enjoying the life that I’ve built for myself, so to speak. The foundation of relationships and friendships really can’t be quantified with a purpose or end goal. How can you quantify “fun” and “enjoying yourself?” And that’s what I mean by the title of this post – No, I can’t just relax. Believe me, I would love to lose myself in the moment and... read more

ISFJ Personality: Givers Of Kindness and Hope

The ISFJ personality is the most abundant of all the Myers-Briggs types. They make up roughly 13% of the world’s population. Even though not technically a rare personality type, ISFJs embody a unique combination of shining traits. They are introverted, yet naturally social. They are logical, yet compassionate. They are perfectionistic, yet unfailingly patient with those they care about. Of all the personality types, ISFJs are the embodiments of kindness, and humbleness. When it comes to giving, ISFJs have no equal. My relative is an ISFJ. I only found out about this recently, when she took the test. She works in a hospital, which is the perfect position where an ISFJ can flourish! I’m constantly amazed at how much energy, and pure goodness ISFJs have in store for people. They give so much. It’s simply astonishing to me, an INFJ, how generous an ISFJ personality is. Every act of kindness makes the difference Correct me if I’m wrong, but this could be the official anthem for ISFJs. Every introvert personality is kind, however the ISFJ personality takes this to a whole other level. Generosity and a desire to help are deeply rooted into the very being of ISFJs. Using imagination and the sheer desire to make a difference, ISFJs will cross oceans if it will help someone feel better. This creates a situation where they can forget about themselves. When deeply immersed in helping others, ISFJs often disregard their own well-being. No obstacle is too big when an ISFJ decides to offer assistance, and attention. Their humble nature allows them to fully focus on the well-being of others. Sensitivity makes... read more

ISTJ Personality: The Loyal Logistician

The ISTJ personality is the second most frequently occurring Myers-Briggs type. People with this personality tend to be loyal, logical, dependable, and faithful. I am not an ISTJ, however, one of my former bosses was. He was always the first to arrive at work, and the last to leave. I will never forget the image of him sitting alone in an empty office at 10 pm on a Friday. His dedication and reliability made me realize how gorgeous this personality really is! I admire how ISTJs always take responsibility for everything they do. It doesn’t matter whether the task is small or large, they are always there to lead the way. Their individualism and logic make them ideal leaders. Logic is the ISTJ way There are no assumptions with ISTJs. Their analytical skills are so precise, that when they set their mind to do something, it will be done. Period. Also, they don’t tolerate unnecessary facts, and don’t have patience with indecisive people. My former boss had this great quality, which I still admire to this day. ISTJs thrive when working alone, as do the majority of introverts. However, when their position enables them to have a positive impact, the magic begins. No stone will be left unturned when an ISTJ is seeking a solution. Their integrity and honesty is what makes all the difference. Integrity is their guiding star ISTJs value integrity above all else. This is that one trait that stands out among many other great ones. When an ISTJ makes a promise, it will be done, no questions asked. They will never break their promise. They push themselves beyond the... read more
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Michaela Chung is an introvert author, coach and entrepreneur. Her first book, The Irresistible Introvert will be out July 5th 2016.

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