We all know an introvert. The quite one who doesn’t engage until you know them well. Often quiet, understated, and thoughtful. We all also know an extrovert. Confident, loud, overstated and the centre of attention (or looking to be).
But what about the people who live on the borderline? Chameleon like in their switching of roles dependant on the company and the situation. That’s where I find myself. Firmly on the borderline between I and E.
I’d never really thought about it until until I took the Myers Brigg’s personality profile as part of my job. The system gives you a four letter code for your personality and working style based on four spectrum. The first is the I-E spectrum signifying Introvert and Extrovert personality types.
I came out as an ISTJ or ESTJ, bang on the I and E borderline. That was a few years ago and I often think about it and my behaviour in situations and I think it is an accurate assessment of that area of my personality.
There are times when I like to be centre of attention and the life and sole of the party, and times when I come across as introverted and quiet in the presence of others. I am more than happy to stand on stage and perform in certain situations, and in others I will take a back seat and blend into the background.
I think a lot about what affects it. The only thing so far I can come up with is the company I am in. In the presence of assertive extroverts I take a back seat. Surrounded by more introverted types and the extrovert in me comes out.
Its a curious one as I don’t really feel like either. I am happy, although not always comfortable, being centre of attention, but equally enjoy my quiet time and alone time just as much. I guess that’s just life on the borderline.