This probably isn't the first "soul" searching I've bloggified so far but it is the first of a series of recent thoughts. Why am I all of a sudden so deep? Probably two things: getting old and the population I work with and environment I'm in for placement. The revelation for today is that I'm an introvert. Apparently no one is shocked by this information but it wasn't until this week that I finally realized the truth. Those ENFJIV or whatever personality tests were always difficult for me because I could never decide if I was an E (extrovert) or an I (introvert). You're naturally shy. Yeah, but I can be pretty nuts and outgoing, even without any *help*. But being in a large crowd is completely unnerving to you. Yeah, but I always have a good time in a big group of people I know.
Fo the longest time I assumed I couldn't be an introvert because I like people (most of the time) and I don't wear dark makeup or write poetry. Is that not the definition of introvert? Then I realized that the most important factor in determining this designation (if there is a need to be so black and white about it) is how one recharges. If I'm being honest, I recharge by being alone. Running has caught on with me partly because it is a solo (or mostly solo) sport. After a long day at work I prefer to have some time chilling alone at home before heading out to do something social. At placement I tend to eat lunch alone in my office while reading a book. This sounds really pathetic to type but it works for me; the job is emotionally and socially demanding and I need that midday break to be by myeslf in order to be effective for the second half of the day.
How do you classify yourself? Do you think a person can change from an introvert to an extrovert and vice versa?