On Being an Introvert

Some people draw energy from the company of others. They’re called extroverts. Others, like myself, recharge during quiet time alone. We’re called introverts.

I need time away from people sometimes to sort out all the thoughts running through my head. There’s music playing inside there all the time. There’s planning going on for projects at home and work. All that never stops.

I took a Myers-Briggs personality inventory a while back and found that I am ISFJ (Introverted Sensing with Extraverted Feeling). Here’s one description of ISFJ’s:

Quiet, friendly, responsible, and conscientious. Committed and steady in meeting their obligations. Thorough, painstaking, and accurate. Loyal, considerate, notice and remember specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel. Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home.

From The Myers & Briggs Foundation.

Here’s another:

ISFJs are the people-centric doers, using their considerable organizational ability to make sure people are taken care of and protected.

ISFJs will work steadily and quietly to ensure all the routine details are taken care of and that people are happy.

To others ISFJs appear to be quiet, shy, gentle individuals, but behind the scenes ISFJs are the movers and shakers who keep things going but do not seek the glory.

From Quistic.

A fictional example of an ISFJ is Dr. John Watson, associate of detective Sherlock Holmes. Holmes sometimes berates Watson for saying stupid things then later realizes that Watson’s comment held the key to the case. Sometimes I say the stupidest sounding things.

ISFJ’s are also caretakers, protectors, and supporters of others. In recent years I’ve taken care of my dying mom and nursed my wife during her illness. I have three daughters. I’ve been taking care of various people all my life and I’ve loved every minute of it.

Being an ISFJ has affected my career path too. I worked in management for a while but realized I was happier as a worker bee.

If they can ensure that their efforts are recognized, ISFJs are likely to feel a level of satisfaction in what they do that many other personality types can only dream of.

I’ve had the opportunity to work on a lot of TV shows and tell interesting stories through documentaries. Just knowing that folks are watching has been very satisfying.

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