Saturday, April 07, 2007


Extroversion and I

Wikipedia has a great definition of extroversion - of the 'hit-the-nail-on-the-head' kind.

Extroversion is "the act, state, or habit of being predominantly concerned with and obtaining gratification from what is outside the self"

I have been always confused about my levels of extroversion. Recently, I was reading about the 'big 5 personality traits' and took the associated test for fun. I was slightly suprised to find that I was as extroverted as the average person.

Then the definition of extroversion really gave me some clarity. I now realise that I always was, and probably "knew" that I was, as extroverted as the average person. But the problem was , I never wanted to be a person who seeks gratification from the outside - It didn'nt make sense to me to be seeking gratification from the outside (even now it does not make sense).

But ofcourse there is (and has to be, otherwise there is no reason to exist) a gap between what we are and what we want to be.

Anyway, I am currently in a state where I have reconciled myself to my extroversion.

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