Sunday, November 25, 2012


Like many introverts, I cherish my time alone.  Many of my friends and family have often misunderstood my need to be alone.  The first cartoon is definitely me.  While I have things to say, I often choose not to say them--and I find those who say whatever pops into their head to be quite annoying.  I hate small talk.  I am often overwhelmed by the energy that gets sucked out of me by my more social colleagues and friends.  While I love my job of being an educator, I need time to recharge.  But my being alone does not mean lonely.

I'm not sure how many psych teachers (or teachers in general) are also introverts, but I've read quite a number of anecdotal stories of actors who are shy/introverted in real life.  In any case, I was thinking about this topic over my Thanksgiving break and decided to share a couple of items.

First is a book about being an introvert.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

Second is the Brainpickings recent entry on the book above--it also contains a couple of videos, one is an RSA animation and a TED talk.  I definitely recommend them if you wish to understand introverts.

Additionally, I decided to search for and post some cartoons. I am also enclosing the original links.  I have no intent to violate copyright, but am simply sharing what I have found online.









This cartoon below is quite large and may not fit into your browser window--click on it to see the entire cartoon.


Additional links to introversion and articles about us:

posted by chuck Schallhorn


Mike Spinrad said...

Very nice--lots of links for further study. Thanks!

I reviewed Samuel Barondes' book Making Sense of People: Decoding the Mysteries of Personality (FT Press, 2012). He shows how to use the Five Factor Model of Personality

Sue Frantz said...

This is one of my favorite articles on introversion/extraversion:

As for the number of introverts in academics, it makes sense that there would be a lot. Who better to spend their adult lives reading alone than those of us who spent our childhoods reading alone?

Scott Reed said...

Funny you mention this because I just had students win the AZ Psych Association poster contest about teachers and extroversion. They broke it down my subject, and the math teachers were the most introverted, followed by science, English and then social studies. What was interesting was the few teachers were extroverts, most were classified by the scale as ambiverts- in the middle of the scale.

DMA said...

I realize this post is a bit outdated, but I was searching the site for personality info and I couldn't help but stop here. My students and I were recently reviewing introverts and extroverts, and so many students assumed, as a teacher, I was an extrovert. When I saw these cartoons posted, they not only made me laugh, but also provided some additional resources! Looking forward to reading more. Thank you!