In this episode, Lei and I have a gas about introversion and extroversion, the differences between the two types and how it can affect your mental health if you’re not allowing yourself to just be “you”. The different “types” were first outlined by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, who believed that there were 16 different personality types. Myers-Briggs built upon Jung’s work to formulate a personality test (the MBTI test) that allowed people to determine their type. Lei and I took the test: I’m an ‘I’ (introvert), so I get my energy from being alone and going off into my own little world — Rhysland, if you will. I prefer activities that allow for concentration and focus — writing, editing, doodling, yoga etc — opposed to being in busy environments with lots of people. My full type is INFJ. Young Lei on the other hand, is an ‘E’ (extrovert); she gets her energy from being in social environments and interacting with other people — although, she does note that she has some more traditionally introverted type characteristics. Lei’s full type is “ENFP”. Apparently, we’re a perfect personality match for each other, but that wasn’t really a surprise to us! The power of truly knowing yourself and living in accordance with who you naturally are as a person is often overlooked by many (including me), so hopefully this episode — and the MBTI test — will shed a little more light on one of life’s biggest mysteries: understanding “the self”. Enjoy folks! Rhys X
You can take the Myers-Briggs personality test here at 16 Personalities.
I also recommend the following book by Susan Cain on introversion, "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" and you can find out more about that at the following TED Talk, here.