How much do you have to change your personality to "fit" into a public shared space? It's a good question for all personality types, particularly an introvert like myself. Susan Cain's book "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking" struck so many truths of quiet folks. My favorite is the theory of the "sweet spot" (and this relates to all personality types): you need to find an environment that aligns with your energy and deepest yearnings. In that spot is where you'll flourish, thrive, be at one with your true self. For some this is the constant pulse of the city. For others it is the country.
Last night I read an Aesop's Fable The Town Mouse and the City Mouse to as a bedtime story to my daughter. It's her favorite book, in part, because we have lived among the ruckus of Los Angeles to a cabin in the Cascade Range. She knows a range of energies. She knows what she likes. I think more people would be happy with their lives and jobs if they just paid attention to the energy levels in which they thrive to a natural degree, as opposed what they "think" they should be doing.
All of this relates to the realm of job hunting, job taking, job fitting, and job keeping. I came across the "Best" personality type indicator on LinkedIn Pulse from author Lou Alder. When I read this my immediate creative reaction harbors to a weird/sardonic/brash take and I reach for my pen-ink-paper for a "creative interpretation." If you look at this, you'll know where you stand on the axis points (for better or worse)....all types make the world go round.
Last but not least, I leave you with another installment (see below) of my on-going documentary series, "Randoms Dispatch." (Thank you years of studying documentary photography and psychology as I take to a journaling style instead.)
I hope you find your inner energy revitalizer among many or among nobody but yourself....find inspiration, and pass it on.