Book number five on my Life-Changing Reading List was a brilliant non-fiction work by Susan Cain celebrating the beauty and importance of introverts in today’s busy-bee society. If you’re a TED Talk fanatic like me, do yourself a favour and set aside 20 minutes to experience her quiet-yet-powerful presentation.
Given that a book about introverts made it on my Top Five, you probably won’t be too surprised to learn that I’m an introvert, too.
Are you an introvert? Let’s find out.
While browsing the net I found a Psychology Today article aptly titled “Nine Signs You’re Really an Introvert.” Okay, I know it’s a tacky headline, but I’ve just finished a copywriting course and the fact of the matter is: numbered headlines work. Because science.
Here are the nine signs in no particular order. Try to keep track of how many mental checkmarks and “Yup, that’s definitely me” comments you’re making as you go.
- Your best thinking occurs when you’re by yourself.
- Other people ask you for your opinion.
- You prefer not to engage with people who seem angry or upset.
- You receive more calls, texts, and e-mails than you make, unless you have no choice.
- You enjoy having time to yourself.
- You lead best when others are self-starters.
- You’re the last to raise your hand when somebody asks for something from a group.
- You often wear headphones when you’re in a public situation. (Allow me to interject for a quick second and apologize to everyone I’ve ever (un)intentionally ignored at the grocery store/in the halls at uni/anywhere there are floods of people; you can blame my headphones.)
- You don’t initiate small talk with salespeople or others with whom you have casual contact.
With the exception of Sign #3 (much as I might want to, it’s impossible for me to walk past someone who appears in distress and not ask if they’re O.K. and can I help and probably a slough of other awkward commentary), I am all of the above. How did you measure up? Let me know by posting in the comments below… unless you don’t want to draw unnecessary attention to yourself, in which case you are absolutely an introvert and I respect that.
Now, you might be wondering: why title the post ‘Instagram for Introverts,’ Jess?
Well, today I discovered my new favourite Instagram account; if you found yourself nodding along with the list above, or you know someone who would, chances are you’ll enjoy IntrovertDoodles as much I do.
Here’s easily my favourite Introvert Doodle of the lot:
I could go on ad nauseum about introversion, but chances are I’d probably say something pretty awkward… and in truth, I’d rather be curled up in bed with a book, anyway.
What are some of your introverted quirks? Let’s celebrate (quietly)!