Are You Introverted? A Personality Test

If you’re asking “Am I an introvert?”, this introvert-extrovert personality test will help you see where you are on the introversion-extroversion scale. The more you know about your personality, the more comfortable you will be in the world and your own skin.

This test for introverted personality traits not only reveals if you’re an introvert, it describes the top signs of introversion – some of which will surprise you. For instance, did you know that introverts don’t think of casual acquaintances as friends? And, introverts take a long time to sort out information. They also dread returning phone calls (that’s me!).

“Introverts enjoy time alone, consider only deep relationships as friends, and feel drained after outside activities, even if they were fun” says Marti Olsen Laney, author of The Introvert & Extrovert in Love: Making It Work When Opposites Attract.

Laney also says these famous female actresses are introverts: Gwyneth Paltrow, Helen Hunt, Meg Ryan, Meryl Streep, Diane Keaton, Julia Robert, Michelle Pfeiffer, Candice Bergen, and Glenn Close. Wow! We’re all in good company, then :-) .



Introvert Personality Test

This introvert personality test is from The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World by Marti Olsen Laney.

Answer true or false to the following questions about introversion and extroversion:

1. I like to have long, uninterrupted periods to work on projects, rather than small chunks.

2. I sometimes rehearse things before speaking, occasionally writing notes to myself.

3. I like to listen more than talk.

4. People sometimes think I’m quiet, mysterious, aloof or calm.

5. I usually need to think before I respond or speak.

6. I like to share special occasions with just one or two people, rather than have a big celebration.

7. I tend to notice details many people don’t see.

8. If two people have just had an argument, I feel the tension in the air.

9. If I say I’ll do something, I almost always do it.

10. I feel anxious if I have a deadline or pressure.

11. I can zone out if too much is going on.

12. I like to watch an activity for awhile before joining in.

13. I form lasting relationships.

14. I don’t like to interrupt others; I don’t like to be interrupted.

15. When I take in lots of information, it takes me awhile to sort it out.

16. I don’t like overstimulating environments.

17. I sometimes have strong reactions to smells, tastes, foods, weather, and noise.

18. I am creative and/or imaginative.

19. I feel drained after social situations, even when I enjoy myself.

20. I prefer to be introduced rather than having to introduce others.

21. I often feel uncomfortable in new surroundings.

22. I can become grouchy if I’m around people or activities for too long.

23. I often dread returning phone calls.

24. I like people to come to my home, but I don’t like them to stay a long time.

25. I find my mind sometimes goes blank when I meet people or when I am asked to speak unexpectedly.

26. I talk slowly or have gaps in my words, especially if I’m tired or if I’m trying to think and speak at once.

27. I don’t think of acquaintances as close friends.

28. I feel as if I can’t show other people my ideas until they’re fully formulated.

29. Other people may surprise me by thinking I’m smarter than I am.

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Are you an introvert? The answer…

Simply add up your “true” responses. The more “trues” you have, the more introverted personality traits or introversion signs you possess…

Scoring:

20-29 “true” responses means you’re a true introvert (like me!). Only deep relationships measure up as friendships and you use them to relax. You need to mentally rest throughout the day, even after enjoyable activities. Because you will draw a blank under pressure, prepare for meetings, talks, and even parties beforehand. Accept your nature and learn to politely fend off energy-draining people.

10-19 “true” responses means you’re both introverted and extroverted. You sometimes feel torn between the desire to dance in the streets and walk alone on the beach. Notice this, so you can keep your energy consistent. You judge yourself through your thoughts and feelings, and through others, leaving you with a broad view that is sometimes difficult to straddle.

1-9 “true” responses means you’re an extrovert. You relish variety, have lots of ‘close, personal’ friends and will chat with complete strangers. Your stimulation is all external, so you talk, think, and act quickly. As you reach midlife, however, you may need to take a break from the high life to reflect, even though it goes against your nature.

Did this test for introverted personality traits reveal anything new about your personality? I welcome your comments below.

Are You Introverted? Find Out With an Introvert Personality TestIf you haven’t read Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Here’s what she says about people with introverted personality traits:

“Introverts may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.”

If your career doesn’t suit your introverted personality traits, read Best Jobs for Introverts and Quiet People.

And, as always, I welcome your thoughts on this introvert personality test…

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  1. Laurie says:

    Dear Kaye,

    Thank you for commenting, and sharing your journey! It sounds like you’re stepping into a new stage in life, and you’re learning how to accept yourself for who you are. That’s wonderful, and it will bring you peace and a whole new outlook on your life.

    If you want to share your thoughts on the book Quiet, I’d love to hear them. I’m getting more introverted as I get older, too…the only difference between the old me and the young me is that accept myself much more readily now, because I know more about introverted personality traits!

    In peace and passion,
    Laurie

  2. Kaye says:

    I’m almost 60. I knew I was an introvert but I think I’ve gotten more introverted as I get older. I really was beginning to think there was something wrong with me. Someone on FB suggested the Quiet book. Which led me to dig deeper and I googled the subject, found your test and tested 26 out of 29. I am beginning to understand myself and why I feel the way I do. THANK YOU

  3. Laurie says:

    Hello Matthews,

    It sounds like you’re both introverted and extroverted — and I think that’s normal for many of us. I’m the same way: when I take the introvert test, I score very high on the introversion scale. Yet, people think I’m extroverted because I am comfortable talking in groups, teaching, and making conversation with all types of people.

    So yes, I think you can be both introverted and extroverted. The primary thing is where you get your energy: are you drained by spending time with people? Then make sure you spend enough time alone, so you can stay energized and happy!

    I hope this helps, and am glad you’re here. May you have a wonderful year.

    In peace and passion,
    Laurie

  4. Mathews Joseph says:

    Dear Laurie,

    I got as much as 26 true answers for the ‘introvert/extrovert’ questionnaire, which means that I’m way too introvert. But all these years, I’ve held many positions of leadership, been an orator, stage performer and above all, I’m quite an outspoken person. People often assess that I’m extremely extrovert..And I’ve always been in extreme doubt about the matter.. I believe that I have the extremities of both ‘introvert’, and ‘extrovert’? Could you please help me have a better understanding of my personality..
    Thanks

  5. Laurie says:

    Hello Jim,

    There is nothing wrong with you! You’re just an introvert, and you get energy by being by yourself. It takes a long time for us introverts to realize that we’re normal, doesn’t it :-)

    That’s a great question – what’s the difference between a loner and an introvert? I’d say not much. The word “loner” has a bit of a negative connotation, I think. It seems reserved for people who don’t have social skills or who just want to be alone all the time. Or maybe it’s a romantic word for some people, like the Lone Ranger!

    Ultimately, I think loners and introverts are the same. I’m a loner and an introvert. Introvert is a more politically correct term – maybe that’s the difference.

    Would you rather be called an introvert or a loner?

    All good things,
    Laurie

  6. Jim says:

    Hi, I scored an 18 but some of the questions were either middle ground or hard to relate to/understand etc. Those are question numbers 10, 12, 13, 16, 28 & 29.

    With regards to question 16; A “overly stimulating environment” could be something like a museum or acqarium, and not just like an amusement park or a Red Sox Game at Fenway Park, as one might assume. In the case of a museum, I am there for hours until they kick me out. A Red Sox game…I dread the thought entirely of going at all. However I did enjoy taking the quiz, thanks for posting it.

    I came here doing a search for “famous introverts.” I wanted to see some well known introverts out there, so I’d feel better about myself. It was a confirmation that there is nothing wrong with me.

    I am curious, how would you differentiate an introvert vs a loaner?

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