Monday, November 2, 2015

Michael D'Agostino's Question of the Month


Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined (that sweet thunder from down under) started this blog hop with these words:

"Your readers would like to know a little more about you. Show them who you are by taking part in the Question of the Month bloghop. On the first Monday of each month, we answer the question that gets posted here. Sign up on the list (on Michael's site) to join the fun ;) With every question, remember that the important part is explaining your answer. And please, if you have any suggestions for new questions, share them in the comments section. I bet you've got some great ideas for us."

This month's question is: 
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?


Line up all my friends. Ask each one of them this same question: is Cherdo an introvert or extrovert? I'd bet a mighty sum that they'd all say I was an extrovert, confident, etc. Recently, a friend told me, "everyone knows you're a force to be reckoned with...they wouldn't cross you."  Whaaaa??  That's incredibly weird. In fact, I said those same words to my friend. 

I consider myself an introvert based on the fact that it is time alone that fuels me for the good. In my private quiet times, creative things happen and I NEED them to happen to make my life happy and healthy. 

Introspection helps me maneuver life choices ahead of me. Prayer gives me clarity. If life is too hectic, I'll start craving the alone time to recharge.

Granted, I'll do whatever (or be whoever) is required. If you need someone to stand up and say something to a group: done. Diffuse an argument or be an intermediary? I'm there for you. If someone needs to speak up or lead a group on a project, I'll help. 

But that doesn't mean I'm an extrovert. It just means I like a solution (and I do) and helping others. 






49 comments:

  1. I like your reasons for your answer. They make sense, and I know how you feel.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. You know me pretty well already, Janie-poo. :-)

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  2. A solution is always nice to come due. Can be an introvert and still get things done when need be

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    1. I think so, Pat! It might not always be comfortable, but we can make it happen.

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  3. You're like me - an introvert who can rise to the occasion of extrovert when necessary.

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    1. Exactly! I think it comes from wanting to help more than being introverted. Two sides of a personality that seem in conflict but take turns.

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  4. I'm mostly an introvert, but act extroverted in occasion.

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    1. Interesting...whatever you are - I like it.

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  5. Great answer to that question. I think I'm both at different times.

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  6. I've posted many Introvert/extrovert tests on my blog. I always test as an introvert so it looks like we'll never meet.

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    1. You'll have to rise to the occasion and find me.

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  7. Good job with your thought process on this one Cherdo. I'm an extrovert when I need to rise to the occasion, but am more comfortable hanging in my own world.

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    1. That's me, too, Linda! I like my own little world.

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  8. That's an interesting quality to find in an introvert. I can speak in front of groups (with advance preparation), but I wouldn't volunteer for the job.

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  9. I certainly would have taken you to be an extrovert, but your reasoning makes sense and makes an important time. Some down time to recharge and regroup is important for any of us.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I've been told that the thing that re-charges you determines whether you are an introvert or extrovert more than how you may appear to be to others.

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  10. I would've guessed you to be an extrovert, Cherdo. See? That's what blogging does...it can make us open up and be more active and outgoing than we would be in real life. Maybe your en extroverted-introvert. :)

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    1. Expressing solitude and quiet in a post...this is a job for a REAL writer. Thus, everyone seems a little more extroverted that they really are!

      Your Halloween pictures were fantastic.

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  11. I thought you'd be an extrovert--I have taken the Myers-Biggs test 3 times in my life and each time, I have been an extrovert, but just barely so I need people and time alone...

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    1. Then you may be an introvert, in spite of M-B tests.

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  12. Cherdo, I love how you answered this question. Life as a SAHM turned me more into an introvert over the years, but after I warm up around others that old extrovert shines through.

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    1. I am a SAHM after many corporate years; left the rat race to homeschool and find sanity in my schedule. Cheers for all SAHMs!

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  13. I'm pretty much the same way. Quiet, alone time is important to me and I seek it. I am grateful for moments of solitude because they enable me to reflect on my journey, gain clarity and make better decisions in the future.

    Happy Monday to you, dear friend Cherdo!

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    1. Nerds of a feather flock together (this is the mantra of my friends and me).

      I hope you're having a lovely evening, as well. God bless.

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  14. I used to be an introvert (I still cherish my alone time) but as I've gotten older, I feel I've become an extrovert!!

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    1. Score one for seniority! I do find more and more times when I say, "why hold back?"

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  15. Great answer! I prefer my own company most days! Hey, any blogger/writer is probably the same!

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  16. I like that you are who you need to be. I strive for that. While being a writer alone in my home comes easy, I do have to work hard at being a public figure when I go out into the world. Good thing I'm not famous... yet.

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    1. I like that we both strive for that - and you WILL be famous, so don't forget me.

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  17. So many writers are introverts that need to turn on their extrovert when need be. I have actually done tests when I went to conferences (Meyers-Briggs etc...) Each time I am 50% introvert and 50% extrovert. I guess I sit on the fence

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    1. The fence is a nice place to be. You can see both sides from there. Sehr gut!

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  18. I'm kind of like you too though I always think of myself as an introvert I don't mind stepping up and taking charge in any situation.

    Susan Says

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    1. I knew we were comrades on some level, my friend. :-)

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  19. I know I'm an introvert. No doubt! I don't enjoy being around other people at all. I took a poor man's version of the Myers-Briggs thing and it said I was sensing feeling whatnot. It made it sound like I was some kind of activist because I said I care about people's feelings! That doesn't mean I actually want to be out there around them...I just empathize.

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    1. I've got a double dose of the empathy gene and whatever it is that makes me worry about others. That is one reason I gravitated to nursing.

      Caring about feelings is evident in your books, I think. They're awesome.

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  20. What a interesting post about who you are. And from where I stand I think it fits !
    Terrific post !

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. You know me a little better than most, parsnip! Love ya!

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  21. I am an introvert, but I do love people, just not large crowds. I am better in a small group or a one on one conversation. I tend to get quiet when there are many people. :)

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    1. The more comments I read, the more I think we're all pretty much the same. And that's not a bad thing.

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  22. That's so strange, it sounds like people think you'll bite their heads off if they get you angry. I don't know where that comes from :P

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    1. My theory is that people think if you are helpful and try to be nice, you'll bend all the time. I'm not mean or angry; I've never raised my voice to a child in a class. But I do have some clear cut rules and sometimes the answer is "no." And I'll admit to being pretty firm on rules - I feel accountable to the group of people that voted the rules in. Being the person in charge and being the person who would stand firm is scary to some people. Not to me. I call it "responsibility."

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  23. I think I'm an introverted extrovert:)
    R

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    1. Yep, I feel our numbers growing, Rick...

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  24. I'm also introspective. I can be extroverted in some situations, but happily introverted when I need to decompress.
    Play off the Page

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    1. We are similiar! I need that quiet time to re-charge.

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  25. I can't believe I wasn't "Following" your blog. I am now. I tend not to check the "Follow" widget like I used to and sometimes neglect to do so.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo