I just ordered the book, so I haven't read it yet — just reviews and interviews.
I'm fascinated because I have strong introvert qualities — and find what I've read so far liberating — and have an enormous need to be alone — and find great pleasure in being alone.
At the same time, I also exhibit some very strong extrovert qualities, including enjoying public speaking and even performing.
On tests like Meyers-Briggs I've scored right in the middle of the introvert/extrovert scale. But I don't think I'm in the middle in the sense that I just need a little time alone — I need a lot of time alone, as much as the most introverted introvert.
It makes me wonder if introversion and extroversion aren't really opposites on the same scale, but separate scales of behavior. Maybe categorizing people as one or the other is just a convenience, because lots of people lean towards one or the other. But perhaps the truth is more complicated and taken as a whole one can either be introverted, extroverted, both or neither?
Or is someone like me, who appears to be both strongly introverted and extroverted, a rarity.
Would love to know the author's — or anyone else's — thoughts on this.