It's conference season again. That wonderful season where you meet face-to-face with all of the wonderful people you interact with online. This is always a bit of a trip for me as my perceptions of who people are based on their digital identities are slashed by a face-to-face meeting. It has me thinking a lot about introverts and extroverts.
People often seem like extroverts online, but when you meet them face-to-face you realize that that's not who they are at all. And at the same time, we often wonder if we should put people in these boxes at all. Here are a few questions I'm thinking about:
- Do you consider yourself an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert?
- Do you consider those close to you introverts, extroverts, or ambiverts? Does this ever create conflict?
- Do you agree that there's an extraversion bias?
- How are you re-energized?
- How can I as a teacher (and trainer) hear the voice of every one of my students, even if they're extremely introverted?
- Are my favorite movie stars introverted or extroverted?