Monday, June 07, 2010
Second, I really missed blogging and visiting all my favorite blogs every day.
Third, I heard something interesting a few days ago. A blogger made the generalization that authors are gregarious introverts.
Gregarious: Fond of the company of others.
Introvert: A reserved or shy person.
As strange as this sounded, it made perfect sense to me, because I'm a gregarious introvert. I enjoy hanging out with friends, and I don't mind meeting new people. But I also need to be alone to recharge. I live very vividly in my own head and imagination.
When I'm in a group of strangers, unless I'm in a leadership role, I will usually be pretty quiet. I don't mind answering people's direct questions to me, but beyond that, I won't start too many conversations. (This is a drawback when sitting at a conference table with an editor I wanted to meet. In fact, a couple years ago, I provided transportation from the airport to the conference hotel for editors, and I hardly said a word. Fortunately, someone else was in the car who didn't have any trouble at all talking to editors.)
And yet, when I'm in a leadership opportunity, I have no trouble taking charge. In the past, I've been a high school history teacher, women's ministries leader, Sunday School teacher, and Bible study leader. My friends would say I can be very gregarious. :)
So, are you a gregarious introvert? Does your outgoing-ness depend on the situation? Do you find it easy to meet new people?