There’s lots of ways to classify people. One of my favorites is from “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.”
Near the end, when they’d finally found the gold. Clint’s character (the famous “man with no name”) said:
“There’s two types of people in this world. Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig.”
The problem with classifying people into groups is that we almost never stay in the same group for any significant portion of our lives.
But when we hear, and accept, any kind of “label,” it can make it hard to move out of one “group” and into the next.
Take the classification of “extrovert” vs. “introvert,” for example.
Now, some people say that “extroverts” like being around people, while “introverts,” not so much.
Another definition says that “extroverts” recharge their “batteries” around other people, while “introverts” recharge their “batteries” when they’re alone.
For example, I once knew an instructor of public speaking, who was outgoing and charismatic in front of a group, but privately confided in me that he considered himself an “introvert.”
Many self-confessed introverts tell themselves, “that’s just the way I am,” and accept the idea of never ever feeling comfortable in a social setting.
Or, at least comfortable enough to meet people, start relationships and make some deep connections.
But the truth is that ALL of us are extroverts AND introverts, depending on the situation.
Back when you were a kid, and you just crapped your diapers, I doubt you were very introverted.
In fact, I’d bet that your mom likely WISHED you were more introverted in some of those situations.
The truth is that ANY classification, be it introvert vs. extrovert, or gun-holder vs. digger, are EXTREMELY fluid, and can easily change, even from one moment to the next.
Sometimes all it takes is a slight change of thought, and a slightly different way of looking at things.
That way, you can feel completely comfortable and relaxed, while others marvel at your “extrovertedness.”
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