Closet Extrovert

I had lunch the other day with a production manager, sales rep and another publisher. It was a great lunch with good conversation. The production manager made a comment that sort of caught me off guard. He said, “I knew you two would get along together {referring to the publisher and myself}. You both like to talk.”

No one ever said that about me before … liking to talk, I mean. Generally, I’m more introverted, especially on first meeting. I speak when I’m spoken to, but — at least I thought — I typically size up who I’m around, discerning whether they are all bluster or sincere and trustworthy before saying too much.

I used to think my middle son was the extrovert in the family. A few years ago, his wife and I were teasing him about his extrovert tendencies over lunch. As he was denying our charges, he went to the counter to get some more ketchup and struck up a conversation — about ketchup — with a perfect stranger. As my daughter-in-law gave him that “see what we’re talking about” look, he shrugged his shoulders and said, “What?”

Now, apparently, I find he may have gotten the gene from me, not Karen as we always thought. She could talk to anybody, anytime with ease.

At any rate, the comment at lunch started me thinking. Maybe I’m more extroverted than I thought. There was, of course, Karen … and Mary on the plane … and Maria who I rescued from a bus stop during a spring showerΒ  … on each of my job interviews … with other publishers … with special friends … at board meetings … Now, I didn’t just reach out my hand and start talking, but I guess I did start talking rather quickly to a lot more people than I thought. Maybe I’m just a quick study of others … or a closet extrovert.

Yeah, I’m probably a closet extrovert. Who knew?

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: Ignorance is more difficult to conceal than knowledge is to acquire.

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7 Responses to Closet Extrovert

  1. Cathy says:

    One thought – mid-range on the spectrum between introvert and extrovert πŸ™‚


  2. TamrahJo says:

    Perhaps it’s the wise person who decides when to be an extrovert and when not to be – πŸ™‚
    From a proverbial chatty-Kathy that strikes up friendships in the line at the movies…
    My family has discussions similar to that between you and your daughter-in-law…. πŸ™‚
    Still not always ‘wise’…


  3. Lauren says:

    You sound like a closet extrovert. On a scale of 1 to Extreme Introvert, You are probably a 6/7. πŸ™‚ I’m glad you learned more about yourself.

    — Lauren


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