miércoles, 31 de octubre de 2012

Talking point: Are you more introvert or extrovert?

Do you prefer one-to-one conversations to group activities?
Do you prefer to express yourself in writing?
Do yo enjoy solitude?
Do you care less than your friends and colleagues about wealth, fame and status?

If you answered "yes" to most of the questions above, you may be an introvert.

In June last year The Learning Network of The New York Times posed a question for their young readers to debate online -Are you more introvert or extrovert?- in their Student Opinion section.

Get together with the members of your conversation group and discuss these questions about your personality:

Do you think that as a society we increasingly treat shyness as a disorder?
Do you think you’re more of an introvert or extrovert yourself? Why?
Have you ever gained some benefit because of your character?
Has your character ever been an obstacle to achieve anything?
What benefits do you think each temperament might have? Why?
Do you think your school, work or social life rewards extroversion?

Do you think society penalizes the shy in some way? If so, how?
What do you think of the argument that “many of the most creative people in a range of fields are introverts who are comfortable working in solitary conditions in which they can focus attention inward”?

In preparation for your discussion you can read Susan Cain's article for The New York Times Shyness: Evolutionary Tactic?

And you can watch the TED talk we posted on 4 August on this blog The Power of Introverts.

You can also complete The Guardian quiz "Are you an introvert?" to find out where you stand on the introvert-extrovert scale, and read The Guardian article "Why the world needs introverts".

I found The Guardian resources through It's for tweeters.