Chameleons can adapt to almost any social situation, whether they're among a throng of partygoers or in reflective solitude. Known to be fairly friendly and gregarious people, Chameleons aren't hard to like or connect with; they're good conversationalists, good listeners, and great company. Although they're more than happy to join a boisterous get-together, they do enjoy some quiet time on their own as well. They're approachable and relatively unreserved individuals whose presence is neither obtrusive nor inconspicuous.
Imagine yourself at a huge tropical resort for a one-week vacation. Do you see yourself sticking to the poolside, taking the occasional stroll alone on the beach, maybe making one or two friendly acquaintances? Or are you chatting it up wherever you go, quickly forming a group of summer-fun friends, and seeking out all the good parties? If you picked the first one, you just may be an introvert - and if you picked the second, well, you just may be an extrovert. The key word in the sentence however is may - extroversion and introversion is not the black-and-white characteristic many believe it to be. Moreover, despite what some might think, whether you're an extrovert or an introvert is typically not a matter of choice - it's an orientation. While introverts are drawn to and seek solace in the inner world of thoughts and emotions, extroverts on the other hand, turn to the outer world - to people and social activities.
A major problem with current views on extroversion and introversion is that many of them are based on stereotypes, specifically in terms of the latter. Since introverts will often keep to themselves and prefer to mull over their thoughts rather than think "out loud", they can come off as aloof and unapproachable. In most cases however, this is not their intent. In addition, while some introverts may be characterized as shy, many of them are actually quite at ease in social situations. What makes them different from extroverts is their need for the occasional "social break", turning to relative solitude for a little R&R. The fact of the matter is that we all have a little extrovert and introvert in all of us. We might, for example, act goofy when hanging out with friends, but barely make a peep during office meetings. By gaining a better understanding as to where we lie on the extroversion/introversion continuum, we can develop not only a deeper understanding of ourselves, but also of those who may not share the same orientation.
Whether introverted or extroverted, the type of orientation you have has a significant impact not only on the type of occupation you choose but your friendship preferences as well. Regardless of your results on this test, note that for this particular assessment there is no "good" or "bad" score.
Your score indicates that you display many of the characteristics of an introvert. In general this means that you focus more on the inner world of ideas, thoughts, emotions and reflections. This sphere is also the area where you draw your energy and motivation. Introverted people usually develop a limited number of close friendships and are typically uncomfortable with shallow, short-lived encounters. For more details about your orientation, check out the rest of your results.
According to your results, you appear to be the type of person who doesn't socialize often. You likely have a limited social network, and possibly aren't really interested in extending it beyond a few close and intimate friendships. Having an active social life apparently isn't the most important thing to you. Chances are that when the opportunity arises to socialize among a large group of people, you'll likely turn it down if possible. This doesn't necessarily imply that you don't enjoy socializing or being around people. Rather, you generally prefer spending time with smaller groups of friends. Individuals who score similarly to you typically aren't conversation-starters, especially with unfamiliar people. In addition, they are not known to be exceptionally outgoing, unless among close friends.
Your results indicate that when it comes to dealing with life's ups and downs and contemplating life in general, there are some occasions when you prefer to turn to others for input, while on others you'd rather handle things on your own. Whether it relates to decision-making or simply digesting new information, you sometimes need time to yourself to think things over. Although you enjoy reflecting on and sharing life's experiences with those around you, there are simply some moments when you'd prefer to analyze and absorb things on a more internal and personal level.
Your responses suggest that you are a very private person, and rarely, if ever, share your thoughts and feelings with other people. Although you may express the occasional detail about your life, it likely won't be extremely personal in nature. As a result, it probably takes others time to get to know you on a deeper level, in the event that you choose to disclose any information about yourself at all. While certain individuals enjoy talking about themselves and will openly discuss a variety of topics, you personally prefer to keep most things "under your hat". Whether it's a result of trust issues, a discomfort with being open (and perhaps even vulnerable) with others, or you simply enjoy to listen rather than speak, the idea of having your life be an open book really doesn't seem to appeal to you.
According to your score on this scale, being around people is something you may enjoy, but definitely not on a continuous basis. You're generally the type of person who not only appreciates time alone, but will also often require it. Being in the constant presence of other people is likely quite stifling to you; spending a great deal of time with others may in fact leave you feeling drained. Individuals like you who need their space, thrive in relative or complete solitude. Socializing, especially among large groups, can be overwhelming, so time alone is needed to recuperate and recharge. While some people would get bored and maybe even depressed in solitude, you, on the other hand, likely feel stimulated and energized.
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