Understanding personality type: Extraversion and introversion
In the second article in our series, Anita Houghton asks you to consider where you focus your attention--inside or out
- By: Anita Houghton
I will be examining each of the four pairs of preferences measured by the Myer Briggs type indicator (extraversion/introversion, sensing/intuition, thinking/feeling, and judging/perceiving) in some detail. It is important to remember that in practice these preferences coexist, and any examples given will inevitably include expression of more than one preference.
You are arriving early for the first day of a new job. On entering the department, you notice a quiet man collecting a pile of notes and making for one of the rooms off the reception area. His eyes alight on you briefly, as he does so he nods and smiles briefly--long enough to be polite but not to encourage. He vanishes. You look around for someone who might help you, and you notice a woman behind the reception desk. You move towards her, and before you can speak she beams at you and asks if she can help. You