Counsellor Sarah Barr presents a fun quiz to help you understand your personality type in order play to your strengths.

You may have heard of the words ‘Extrovert’ and ‘Introvert’ but may be a little unsure what they actually mean. If you picture a line with extrovert at one end and introvert at the other, you will be somewhere near extrovert, introvert or perhaps in the middle.

Being an extrovert, for example, does not mean you won’t have moments of having introvert qualities and vice versa. You may move up or down the extrovert/introvert spectrum throughout life. You may also be somewhere in the middle, which is called an Ambivert.

Today I will include a short quiz to help you figure this out. This is done in a light-hearted way and therefore it is important to not take it too seriously. To remember you are YOU! You are unique, important and amazing.

Where do you put your attention and get your energy from? Do you like to spend time with other people outside your home or love to cosy up in front of your fire with a new book? Everyone spends some time extroverting and some time introverting. Don’t confuse introversion with shyness or reclusiveness.

Extroverts tend to get energy from other people through talking and socialising. Introverts tend to get their energy from themselves, by spending time alone either walking or reading. When extroverts meditate or read this may drain their energy likewise when introverts are around too many people they may feel quite tired.


1.Getting Ready for a night out…

A). I buy a new outfit, call my friends and then dance the night away.

B). Call a few of my closest friends beforehand to see if they are up for a night out.

C). My friends have to drag me out most nights.


2. Being around people makes me feel…

A). Like I’m alive!

B). Inspired. I feed off of other people’s energy but there are times when I’d rather be alone.

C). Being around others can be draining. It can leave me feeling exhausted.


3. When given a choice between working as part of a team or working as a group, I would prefer to…

A). Work with as many people as possible. This keeps my energy up.

B). Work as part of a small group.

C). Work by myself, as I tend to focus better.


4. What is your idea of a perfect date?

A). A live concert.

B). Cinema and dinner.

C).Wine and Netflix.


5. During parties I tend to…

A). Talk to as many people as I can. I’ve been called a social butterfly.

B). Spend time with a few people that I know.

C). Keep to myself.


6. When I’m dealing with a personal problem, I prefer to…

A). Talk about it with others and seek their advice.

B). Call my closest friend and discuss on the phone.

C). Solve it on my own, as I am a private person.


7. Public speaking makes me feel…

A). Energised! I enjoy it. All eyes on me!

B). Okay. It’s not my strongest suit but I’ll do it if I have to.

C). Like I may be sick! I get really nervous.


8. Do people describe you as thoughtful, reserved, and soft-spoken.

A). Never, I am a very talkative person.

B). Sometimes, but I can also be quite talkative with my inner circle.

C). All the time, I am a very quiet and laid-back person.

9. I enjoy meeting new people.

A). Yes, I can make a friend anywhere.

B). Sometimes, but I have to be in the right mood.

C). It’s very hard to meet new people.


10. How to do you prefer to communicate?    

A). In person. Tell me to my face.

B). Call me first then we’ll meet up. I like to be ready with no surprises.

C).A text or a message.

Did you get mostly As?


Here are some general characteristics associated with extroversion…

  • Loads of interests
  • Can be impulsive
  • Likes to communicate by talking
  • Enjoys being the centre of attention
  • Sometimes can act before thinking
  • Enjoys group work
  • Feels isolated by too much time spent alone
  • Looks to others and outside sources for ideas and inspiration
  • Likes to talk about their thoughts and feelings.

Did you get mostly Bs?


Your results indicate that you have both extrovert and introvert qualities.

Since your results indicate that you are somewhere in the middle of the extrovert/introvert continuum, you tend to have qualities that fit into both extroversion and introversion. You like spending time with others, but you also enjoy having time to yourself. You might not mind being the center of attention once in a while but you probably prefer to stay out of the spotlight on a day-to-day basis.

Check out the traits associated with both extroversion and introversion.

Did you get mostly Cs?


Here are some general characteristics associated with introversion…

  • Very self-aware
  • Thoughtful
  • Enjoys understanding details
  • Interested in self-knowledge and self-understanding
  • Tends to keep emotions private
  • Quiet and reserved in large groups or around unfamiliar people
  • More sociable around people they know well
  • Learns well through observation
  • Like to spend quiet time alone.

One type isn’t “better” than the other. Each tendency can have benefits. By better understanding your personality you can learn how to play to your strengths.

This quiz is intended for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical or mental health consultation, diagnosis or treatment.

Understanding your preferences can be a useful tool in learning a little more about yourself. However if you feel worried, down or stressed it may be beneficial to seek professional advice.

This can be done through your local G.P or from a qualified counsellor. I offer a ‘Coffee & Chat’ in which you can come and have a cuppa with me, find out a little bit more about counselling and decide if it would be helpful.

I can be contacted through my Facebook page  or call 086 4477867.


~ Sarah

New Beginnings Counselling.