My most popular personality articles are about introverted personalities. We introverts thought we were weird, but it turns out we’re just rare :-)
These personality articles in this post are popular because they reveal how personality traits affect our lives, careers, relationships, and even how we handle money. Check ’em out – and tell me if you learned anything about yourself.
What an Introvert Really Looks Like: A Personality Test is a list of 29 questions about your behavior, habits, thought patterns, and conversation style. The scoring on this personality test is quick and easy, and will help you figure out your level of introversion. Perhaps even more interesting are the reader comments – so many people had no idea they were introverts until they took this test!
That test for introversion is from a book called The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney. It’s a fantastic resource for shy, quiet people who want to learn more about their personalities
Best Jobs for Introverts and People Who Like to Be Alone is one of my favorite personality articles, because it helps people match jobs with their personalities. For instance, I’m a writer, blogger, and Big Brothers Mentoring Coordinator – and all three of those jobs suit my personality perfectly. I love being alone (I’m an introvert!), can work independently, and am self-motivated. And even though I mostly prefer to be by myself, I really enjoy talking to people and helping them solve their problems – which is valuable in a social work position.
30 Most Famous Introverts and Celebrities Who Are Loners is a popular personality article partly because it’s about famous people and partly because it shows us we’re not alone. I find it fascinating that famous people aren’t necessarily extroverts – some famous people find the spotlight draining and tiring. Acting isn’t just about being in the spotlight, it’s about art, talent, and tapping into your emotional side. So just because a person is famous, doesn’t mean they’re outgoing or comfortable being the center of attention.
What Your Dog Breed Reveals About Your Personality isn’t one of my most popular personality articles yet, but it contains interesting thoughts about dog breeds and dog owners’ personalities. If you love terriers or poodles (I have one of each), you’re a different type of person than the guy who owns labs or retrievers.
There you have it – my most popular personality articles, tips and tests. Now for something different but related…
The Highly Sensitive Person – An Unusual Personality Type
Highly sensitive people aren’t necessarily introverts, but they share many of the same traits and characteristics. Highly sensitive people are often described as “oversensitive”, “scaredy-cats” or “inhibited.”
If you startle easily, avoid violent movies or TV shows, and tend to be extremely sensitive to pain, you may be a highly sensitive person. If other people’s moods affect you and you’re shaken by upsetting or overwhelming situations, then maybe you’re a highly sensitive person.
Being highly sensitive isn’t bad, good, unhealthy, or healthy: it’s just one way of being in the world. The more you know about highly sensitive personality traits, the better you’ll adjust to the people and situations around you.
The Highly Sensitive Person
In The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You, Dr. Elaine Aron offers a detailed description of the characteristics of highly sensitive people. Whether you work with someone who is supersensitive or you think you yourself are highly sensitive or “oversensitive”, knowing about those personality traits can provide insight into daily life and interactions. Knowing about this not-so-popular personality type can help you deal with them better because you understand how they feel.
Dr. Aron says highly sensitive people aren’t to be confused with introverted, inhibited, or shy people (though similarities exist). Highly sensitive people have a more sensitive nervous system – it’s a physiological as well as a psychological condition. Basically, highly sensitive people are more susceptible to external stimulation from sights, sounds, and even vibrations. Introverts may not be as sensitive.
Highly sensitive people are deeply affected by lights, strange odors, clutter, and loud noises. They startle easily and take longer to “come down” from long days, conflicts with friends or family, or stressful days at work. Highly sensitive people can’t tolerate as much action, light, or noise as other people can. In this way, their personality traits are different than the personality traits of introverts. Highly sensitive people are better at spotting errors – and better at avoiding them, too.
I’m a highly sensitive person, and an introvert. What about you?