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Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert? Has your introversion/ extroversion shaped your choice of career?

I would like to know if you are more of an introvert or an extrovert.

Did your introversion or extroversion affect your choice of career?

How has your introversion or extroversion led to obstacles/ helped you in your career of choice?

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    Jan 14 2013: I'm an introvert and occasional 'omnivert'. The main obstacle I've encountered on many occasions have always been related to the enforcement of standardised procedures and the truly ridiculous assumption that 'team players' are more competent than solitary ones.

    I think introverts have an in-built revulsion towards imposed standardised procedures and/or ways of thinking in the workplace, especially if that person was interviewed in the first place and taken on on the basis of personal and inherent competence in that particular area.

    A devotee of standardised work practices may well be a good employee - but seldom a good practitioner.

    Standardised procedures are too blunt an instrument for many introverts to deal with, because (along with being forced to work in a team) they are not synonymous with their need to be autonomous and provides no opportunity for contemplative freedom of thought and expression.

    Whilst many standardised procedures do have their place, introverts naturally rely more on internal reference for all that they do - and the outcomes from those are usually right, especially when there are strong links to an empathic understanding of others, and how things work in the wider context.

    The dilemma here is that contemplative, internally sourced thoughts are incompatible with the introvert's reluctance to outsource them for others to see. This alone has implications on the perceived compatability of introverts within the workplace. It is the reason why I prefer to be my own boss.
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      Jan 15 2013: You brought up a very interesting point on how introverts like autonomy and freedom thought and expression which may affect their liking for standardised procedures. It is a point that I have not thought of before. Thank you for sharing!

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