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Good advice for introverts

April 4th, 2016

Did you know that your personality type may play a part in your learning style?

If you are an extrovert you may enjoy class discussions and participating in group projects, whereas an introvert may struggle with those aspects of a traditional classroom setting.  However, being an introvert means much more and has many positive characteristics that can be a benefit in school and a future career path.  It is most important to know and understand yourself and those around you in order to be the best you can be and to work well with others.  Tom Lovett, headmaster at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont, wrote an interesting article giving his personal story of how he uses his personality type as an asset and how you can do the same.

Addendum:  a very good book on the topic of introverts’ strengths is  Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain.

Article posted March 11, 2016

Written by:  Tom Lovett

I am an introvert. So are at least one-third of those reading this right now, if we are to believe the research. Until very recently, I have scored very high on the introversion scale in every personality test I have ever taken. A couple of years ago, I scored closer to the extroverted range, probably because of spending over a decade doing alumni events and meeting new people around the world. At my core, however, I am an introvert. What does that mean?

First of all it means that I gather energy while I’m alone and I spend it when I am with others. To prepare for my day, I need to spend at least an hour alone each morning, and I recharge by spending an hour alone at the end of each day.

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