• http://ivangruer.com/ Ivan Gruer

    Thanks Harvey for the guidelines. I have only a question: why introverts work best when they are assigned to work on a specific area rather than brainstorming and working collectively as a group?
    Actually they think more (thus more ideas I guess) and speak less than extroverts, isn’t it? What about a team brainstorming with introverts plus an extrovert as a moderator for stimulating introverts to talk?

    • Fanci

      This should help your question…I hope..
      The Thinker / Introverts
      Usually introverts; thinkers are very analytical. They consider every single detail from beginning to end, making sure that all angels are covered. Thinkers appreciate an organized setting without any chaos whatsoever. The strengths of having this kind of behavior: creative, well organized, gets things done in order to meet deadlines, precise, intense thinkers, and are very trustworthy. The weaknesses: overly analytic, mostly antisocial, melts under pressure, and reminisces too much on past failures. This is a wonderful behavior for business, in regards of looking for accuracy, but thinkers tend to move at a slower pace because they have to look at every little detail.

  • Harves

    “In the MBTI, thinking and feeling are opposite poles of a continuum. In reality, they’re independent: we have three decades of evidence that if you like ideas and data, you can also like people and emotions. (In fact, more often than not, they go hand in hand: research shows that people with stronger thinking and reasoning skills are also better at recognizing, understanding, and managing emotions)” – Adam Grant
    Check out the article below as quoted above…it challenges the incompletes and gaps around the notion of Intraversion vs. extraversion. I’m a big thinker, apparently intraverted, however have a very high level of emotional intelligence and feel very comfortable speaking. Be careful not to pigeon hole people using personality tests that have weak scientific support and structure that are cited and used becuse of their ‘popularity’…hopefully we can look at a more robust system of understanding character traits.


    • http://ivangruer.com/ Ivan Gruer

      Thanks Admas! It seams that we have the same doubts: why people, thinking and emotions are separated? In fact there are other models where they are independent such as: belbin team roles, IT-I-WE areas by D.Ofman and the SCARF dimensions model. In my humble opinion, describing people into two categories is too simple and each model has assumptions and conclusions that must be verified.

  • Jacque Vilet

    I have to take exception to some of the comments here. Freud had it right: There is a continuum — extrovert and introvert. To label an introvert as someone that does better in stable, detail-oriented projects is just not correct in my opinion (based on experience).

    The comment that introverts are: “overly analytic, mostly antisocial, melts under pressure, and reminisces too much on past failures” blows my mind! I know/have known many introverts that are “big picture” thinkers and messy with details. They are creative in that they come up with big-picture scenarios related to business problems —- but aren’t interested or good at details.

    There is another article here today that talks about how to value diversity — not just in the Affirmative Action categories — but in diverse ways of thinking.

    Lastly, I think research is fine but not the “be all and end all” of what we “should” think. Research can be quite damaging in that people tend to think “oh well, research says so — so I shouldn’t think about trying it”. My academic background has taught me some truths about pros and cons of research and in testing which I think has being grossly oversold today by consultants. Research? — verify results with you own experience. Ever heard of “evidence-based” results in companies?

    I go by what works. And to label and then “shunt” introverts off into a corner to come up with detailed plans/procedures and to say they are antisocial— is not what I’ve seen.

    In brainstorming? It takes a skilled facilitator get introverts comfortable with talking (if you think that is a problem) and they need to be heard as they often have valuable contributions.

    Enough said.

  • Fanci

    The categories and classifications are written to depict a general understanding of personality types. It’s Not an exact discription for Individual People. Lighten up!! All categories (introvert, extrovert, thinkers, socializers…) are just generalizations that should be used to understand styles. NOT a particular person. No one will ever be an exact match to any written summary for any group or classification. Ex. We’ve all heard the term Good Driver. Well, everyone makes mistakes, so arguable, 1 mistake can cause a fatal accident…how could they be a “Good” – it’s their overall decision making skills, actions and reactions. It’s not that they’re following a perfectly pre-written “Good Driver” check off list. Relax!! It’s just a tool that you can use. It’s not a literal list of anyone.