Introverts Rising

With Quiet:The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain enjoying its second month on the New York Times Bestseller list, I got to thinking about where some of literature’s most infamous inventions would land on a Myers-Briggs test.

  • Leopold Bloom. Introvert. Did not mind his own company.
  • Nick Carraway. Definite introvert tendencies. Small group of friends, but did seek them out and feel energized by social interaction.
  • Howard Roark. Total Introvert. People? What other people?
  • Tom Sawyer. Extrovert. Sawyer liked socializing. (A little too much, if you know what I mean.)
  • Gregor Samsa. Introvert inclinations predate isolation related to turning into a giant bug.
  • Clarissa Dalloway. She’s throwing a big party… but still, I think she goes in the introvert column.

Hmmmm. Lots of “I”s on the list. Coincidence?

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Karen Kleckner Keefe is the director of the Hinsdale (IL) Public Library, a Booklist reviewer, and one of Library Journal's 2009 "Movers and Shakers." Follow her on Twitter at @KarenKleckner.

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