This week in my psychology classes we are covering Jung and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for personality. The test has really gotten my mental juices going. I really want to know what Ben will be like some day. Husband and I are almost polar opposites. For those in the know on the MBTI, I am a INFP and Husband is an ISTJ. Somehow, it works. It must be the power of the introversion. Husband and I both know how to quietly reflect and do our own thing. Our friends often times think Husband and I are in a fight because we’re not talking. No, we’re not in a fight. We just like to enjoy our own thoughts. It really gets you thinking. The Atlantic did an interesting article on introversion and what it’s like to be an introvert. Introversion and the importance that we play on being an Extrovert in Western society getting a lot of attention in the media lately. Susan Cain had an interesting TED talk on why being an Extrovert shouldn’t be the end-all-be-all of personality. We introverts have a lot to offer. Below is a graphic on how to handle your introverted friends. Extroverts, bless their hearts, mean well, but don’t often understand what it means to be introverted. For a primer:
However, with all of our personality traits so different, what will that mean for Ben? Will Ben be an Extrovert to complete our personality differences? He certainly talks enough. For the past couple of nights he has woken up and talked to himself, his stuffed monkey, his dolphin that makes soothing noises, and his “aquarium” at length. We’re not talking a couple of minutes. We are talking an hour. Sunday night he talked from 4:30-5:30 pretty much continuously. However, after reading this article from TheSuccessfulParent.com, I’m feeling a little bit better that Ben might follow in his parents’ footsteps. Ben is very good at playing by himself and he’s more of a slow-to-warm-up kind of baby. He’s not the life of the party right away, but once he gets into the swing of a new environment, he’s good. The rest of the descriptors can’t fit yet. We’ll see as he gets older. At least the article gives good information on how to parent depending on whether you have an extroverted or an introverted child. Quite frankly, I don’t know what I’ll do if Ben is an extrovert, but I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it!