Can you think of a time in your life when being an introvert proved to be an advantage?
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When I was in my twenties and doing bacteriology research at a university hospital it was a distinct plus. Most of the time I was alone in my lab doing work that required intense focus and would get so involved in it that lunch and quitting time were frequently forgotten. The net result was that I could produce a lot of results, record and interpret them effectively. Any need to interact with others would have been detrimental to what I was trying to accomplish and would have seriously cut my productivity.
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I support joyces's response re: being an introvert increasing productivity. I consider at least 80 % of "small talk" as a complete waste of time. I have little patience for it. Catching up with someone who has news is one thing, discussing where to buy the cheapest bananas is quite another. I value my introversion, which I know goes against the "crowd."
Join Date: 05/12/11
I agree with Joyce and Lisa, that work that takes concentration & high productivity are best done by people who can focus on the job at hand. In libraries, this is a great asset (on the day to day job). But, in the course of trying to move up the job ladder, being an extrovert (at least at my past interviews) would have been an asset and possibly landed me an administrative position.
Join Date: 02/27/13
When I was doing a clinical practicum in psychology, working with an abused female in an outpatient clinic who had come to counseling with concerns about her child, her enraged husband burst into the office one night and accused me of colluding with his wife to arrange for her to meet her boyfriend. Red-faced and furious, he was threatening in appearance and tone. I remained seated, invited him to join us, reflected to him that he had every right to be angry given his misinformation and wondered if he would share more of this with me. I had every confidence in my ability to calm this abusive man down by presenting my own, calm introspective nature to him in the face of his irrational threats. He sat down and listened as I refuted the information he had and helped him to focus on the needs of his child.
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