In October a new blogger appeared in my reader when I gladly began to follow my photog friend Cee’s wife, Chris at 61 Musings. Her blog began innocently enough, answering the daily prompts, sharing her favorite TED videos and finding her way in the blogging world. I found most posts interesting and thoughtful. And then on January 8, 2014 everything changed.
Chris began blogging almost exclusively about introverts. The home-bound anti-social audience ate it up. They joined forces and declared they weren’t shy or snobs they just didn’t like idle conversations, they thrived on intellectual exchanges and time alone to think intellectual and creative thoughts. I was insulted.
I have intellectual creative thoughts, I just like to share them with my closest friends.
I’m opinionated and boisterous at times. I’m the one who organizes outings for girlfriends and family.
I speak my mind (although not as much as in my younger days). I’ve always considered myself, if not an extrovert, damn close.
I don’t like a lot of people at once. I prefer small groups or one on one. I always thought I was a snob.
I’m rarely lonely and in fact enjoy my solitude above all else.
I kept reading Chris’s blog (without commenting). Then I took the personality test (you can too, click here) and lo and behold, found out I was an introvert! People who know me won’t believe it. But that is part of the misconception. I had it too. I am a moderate introvert, but an introvert, none the less. It explains so much.
Below is my assessment, I think the people that know me will be amazed to find out I am an introvert but once they read this explanation they will be raising their eyebrows in surprised agreement.
Introverted Thinking is turned inward and is largely invisible. It is only with great difficulty, if at all, that the ISFJ could willingly commit anyone to their doom. Perhaps this explains why ISFJs are loyal to the end; there is no sense of purely objective (i.e., impersonal) judgement of anyone but themselves (and that only by their own standards). Here is this type’s Achilles heel that makes many of them so vulnerable to the scoundrels and ne’er-do-wells who often use and abuse them.