Thursday, April 12, 2007

Extra or Intro Read All About It!

Is your grandchild an extravert or an introvert? According to the book "Raising Your Spirited Child," by Mary Sheedy Kurchinka, "Extraversion and Introversion describe how we get our energy, an important dimension in personality development. Kurchinka simplifies the the issue of Introverts Vs. Extravert's simply by asking the question ---how does your child get recharged? "Introverts get their energy by being alone or with one or two special people. They prefer to interact with the world on the inside by reflecting on their thoughts and ideas before sharing them with others on the outside. They refresh themselves by spending time alone. If they get it, they'll play well with other kids and be more cooperative. If they don't get it they'll get surly and nasty. It helps to understand introverts if you can picture the extravert. The writer says, "extraverts draw their energy from others. They prefer to engage the world around them outside of their bodies by talking with people, sharing ideas and experiences. If they don't have an opportunity to talk, they get crabby and more demanding because they are running out of steam. If they are allowed to recharge by being with other people they are fine."
The Swiss Psychologist Carl Jung was the first to identify personality theories and Katharine Briggs and daughter Isabel Briggs Meyer developed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. It describes four preference pairs of personalities. Extraversion /Introversion, Sensing/Intuition
Thinker/Feeler and Judger/Perceiver. I am only going to examine the first of these categories in this little 'study." In Raising your Spirited Children, author Mary Sheedy Kurchina, MA. has listed a series of questions to determine if your child is an extravert or introvert. She says if you can't decide on how to answer a question, you should watch your child carefully to see how they most frequently fit the description of each type. I'll show you a picture a certain extravert I know, then we'll get on wit the questions!

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