Introvert or Extrovert?
The BBC schedules are dominated by Alan Bennett at the moment.
I love Alan - but you can have too much of a good thing.
Apparently, he is a deeply shy man who has always had a desire to entertain. Surprisingly this is a paradox found in many performers.
Take Dave for instance - too shy to go to the gardeners' club but jumps willingly into the pulpit every Sunday and knocks 'em for six.
I'm a bit similar - often tongue tied in social situations but a shameless show off in the lab/classroom in front of a receptive audience. And you should have seen me in the staff panto.
I would describe myself as an introvert.
An introvert is not necessarily shy, or misanthropic. Introverts just find other people tiring except in small doses. They would rather shell peas than make small talk.
An introvert would not do well on 'I'm a Celebrity' or 'Big Bother'
In complete contrast, extroverts are energized by people, and wilt when alone.
Leave an extrovert alone for two minutes and s/he will reach for the mobile. They assume that company is always a good thing and refuse to believe that someone would want or even need to be alone.
I read about it here.
Introverts are not considered "naturals" in politics. Contrast Richard Nixon with Bill Clinton and Gordon Brown with Tony Blair.
Modern attitudes say "people person" = good, but "loner" = serial killer.
So extroverts dominate social and public life.
What about you?
And would you change?
Labels: All my friends are extroverts.