If you were working in an office in the 90's you probably know exactly what I'm talking about. I think just about every workplace made their employees take that test back then. They were all obsessed with figuring out just how you ticked so they knew exactly which buttons to push and how to squeeze every last skerrick of work out of you.
Cynical I know, but true.
Like everyone else I did the test, and the results came back exactly as I'd expect them to. I'm an introvert. That's not really a shocking revelation. I've always been one to focus internally rather than externally, and I definitely need my "alone time" or I go a bit crazy.
But when exactly did introvert become synonymous with socially awkward [link]?
Yes, I'm an introvert. Yes, I "emotionally recharge" by being on my own. I like my own company, always have. But that does not mean I'm incapable of being social!
I spend nine plus hours a day working with a team of 11 other people. I socialise with friends. I'm not some caricature of a person who doesn't want to talk to other people and is incapable of maintaining meaningful relationships with others, any more than an extrovert is a loud, opinionated know-it-all who can't help themselves from taking over every social situation they find themselves in!
To be quite frank, the second description sounds a lot more like me than the first, and I'm definitely, 100% an introvert.
But I'd suspect most of us here on the interwebs are introverts, so I'm sure you all share my frustration with how we're willfully misunderstood.
So to all my fellow introverts out there, stand tall, stand proud ... liking your own company is not a psychological disorder.