Last week, for the first time in my life, I took the Meyers-Briggs personality test. My oldest friend, Brad, pointed me in the direction of the test and I was surprised to find myself classified as ISFJ – introversion, sensing, feeling, judging. I don’t think of myself as an introvert, but when I look at the life I’ve created myself it’s clearly true.
I prefer the quiet of working at home. I’d rather spend my time with small groups or individuals than in crowds. There are few things I love more than curling up on the couch with James, Kona, and a book.
Months ago, I heard Susan Cain’s brilliant TED talk on the power of introverts (where the title of this post comes from). I just re-watched the speech and was struck by something she says about halfway through: “Solitude is an important ingredient, often, to creativity.” We were just discussing this last Monday! Cain points out that we increasingly live in a society that values extroversion by creating spaces and social constructs that reward outspoken individuals. By creating environments that allow introverts to thrive, Cain says, the world will benefit from ideas grown in the space of solitude.
Cain’s speech ends with three calls to action. In the last one, she asks introverts to share their passions and ideas. “The world needs you, and it needs the things you carry,” she explains.
Blogging has given me a platform to do just that; to share the things I typically only reveal to the people closest to me. Whether you knit or cook or sing, I can’t think of a better time to share what you love with the rest of the world than in the last two months of the year. In that way, even as the days get shorter, maybe we can find more brightness in each other.
P.S. You can take the Meyers-Briggs test for yourself here.