Are You Introverted? A Personality Test

If you’re asking “Am I an introvert?”, this introvert 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.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain is a fascinating book about introverted personality traits. Once you learn that you’re introverted (and I suspect you are, else you
wouldn’t be searching for introverted personality tests :-) ), you should learn all you can about introverts.

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.

Test for Introverted Personality Traits

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.

Introvert Personality Test

“Are You Introverted? A Personality Test”

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.

Here’s what Susan Cain 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.

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

18 comments On Are You Introverted? A Personality Test

  • Interesting. Especially #14. I thought I was the only one on the planet that thought of interruption as an insult. It seems to be standard operating procedure, in my milieu. It’s nice to tick boxes, and immediately feel validation.

    • I always think that interrupting someone would make them angry…. so I don’t do that…. and I don’t want to be scolded by them…. 😑

  • That’s surprising, I’m an introvert. I always thought I was an extrovert.

  • Damn! Got a 28 . Always thought I am a ambivert.

  • i got 25/26 for the third i was unable to choose between yes/no. i like both listening and talking to my friends..
    if somebody interrupts me while doing my work he should be prepared for that .
    after every party i feel like drained and thinks like i unnecessarily went for it

  • 27/29. I’m a pure introvert. In addition to this, I am not familiar with my parents too. I suffer a lot when some problem arises but don’t ask for help. Insted, I wait for the solution come to me by any factor like someone talking about the same subject or by searching the topic on internet. I am totally out my social life. I always spend my time in thinking. Never care of my responsibilities and duties. That’s the reason I am starting to feel that this introvert nature is curse for me.

  • Wow 29/29 I’m an extreme introverted!. What a shame that some people especially my co-workers don’t understand people like me. Being an outcast is very painful. Sometimes I wonder why people don’t understand?

    • I understand.
      Some just surmise that it stems from esteem issues and that gets me down everytime.
      I still do me and enjoy time by my lonesome self.

  • I scored 24/29, I always wondered why I seemed so very different, socializing was pure pain and the only way I was able be around large parties was with a lot of drinking…. I have just discovered being an Introvert and its taken an incredible weight off me. I feel so much better about myself.

  • I always thought l was an extravert. I got 22. I am a chatterbox and talk to strangers easily. Because I am not a party animal and prefer peace and quiet l thought l was introvert. I seem to fall between the two, as a result l am not a clear cut introvert or extrovert.

  • This test has shown a lot to me.I always felt odd around people, can’t talk properly without thinking clear on what to say.But what I find most intriguing is that in some situations, I talk very freely and do things no “real” introverts would be able/like to do. As the result of this test with me being both an introvert and an extrovert. Added to me having difficulties in some situations. I don’t seem to find a better way to deal with who I’m now. It’s like being bipolar, having two different personalities. Could be very difficult. Any help would be much appreciated.

  • I am super introverted… I hate being interrupted, and I get vicious if that happens. I am extremely organized and while I am working, I do not like noises. I do not know how to double task, I actually hate it, I am a strong believer that you cannot serve two gods. I need to know details of any procedure before begin to work on it. I will ask millions of questions before engaging in any task, and you better know the answer, otherwise, we will have lots of frictions. I do not like authority, or see authority as someone with authority, or anyone telling me what to do. It never works good, I just don’t see them that way. To me, they just have a better position at work but they know less than I do. I am extremely clean too, I am a clean freak. I am also extremely frank, and I have no problem pointing people’s ugliness at their faces just to see their reaction, and I am always 100% right. I am also extremely honest and demand honesty back. I love working while listening to classical music. I do not feel superior to anyone one, but I do know who I am, I know myself deeply, and it also frightens me a little. It is extremely hard for me to make friends because I can sense BS from a thousand mile. I sometimes don’t know if what I have and feel are virtues, or something else.

  • I have got 29/29 and I’m a pure introvert. In my childhood days , I was little extrovert like mingling easily with strangers, chatterbox, but when growing I became quiet, judging, talk to people whom I think perfect for me and of my stance, open mouth when it’s necessary , think I’m more intellectual and creative than my fellows.

  • Am I the only one who got all true on my side ???

  • 18 points were true ,2 were wrong and l am not sure about 8 points. But I think I’m an introvert who is trying to explore the world around him.
    I’m trying to be comfortable among extroverts . Should I do it or it has no benefits because I’ve read that an introvert can never turn into a extrovert.

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