I was born an Introvert and proud of it. I am normally very reserved and very selective about how and with whom I interact. This all changed for me, temporarily when I was about 6 months pregnant with my youngest child, my son.
It's highly probable that the pregnancy hormones or the Florida heat caused this temporary change in my temperament. In reality though, our personalities reside on a spectrum and we are neither solely introverted nor extroverted 100% of the time. Extroverts have times when they behave as introverts and vice versa. Case in point, under normal circumstances I would never yell at a stranger in a Home Depot parking lot. I can't even remember why but I remember the strange feeling of not pausing to think before I opened my mouth.
In another instance, I was shopping at the grocery store for Easter dinner and I was browsing the wine section. It was obvious that I was pregnant and this random man noticed me and told me to "watch the alcohol". Incensed, I glared at him and admonished him with "are you freaking kidding me????! Do you actually think I would pick wine out for myself?". The man look startled but wanting to save face kept repeating the same phrase "be careful, be carefullllll" as he slunk away. I raised my head up defiantly holding a bottle of white wine and screamed "mind your own business!". Normally I would be quite shaken by an exchange like this but I was strangely invigorated. It felt great to tell someone off.
The last instance was when I walked into our house one day and noticed my neighbor standing in the kitchen, watching my husband laid tile. I could not stand this guy and my husband knew it. While it was true that this man had not, up to that point done anything to warrant my dislike, I had very strong intuition that this was not a good person. My husband could not understand my feelings and assigned it to the "you're just being antisocial" category. Most Introverts have well developed intuition which should not be discounted. The neighbor saw me and made an insulting comment about my pregnant belly. I snapped back at him immediately. My husband looked up, shocked. Not surprisingly the neighbor hurried home. "Wow, you really don't like that guy do you?", said my husband. "No, I sure don't!" I replied as I stormed off satisfied that I had appropriately defended myself.
Now this is not to say that we Introverts don't defend ourselves, we certainly do. For me personally, it is usually uncharacteristic for me to express myself in such a vocal way. I am much more comfortable not causing a scene. I prefer to think before responding but sometimes, depending on what's happening in our lives we can move back and forth on the spectrum of personality.
Tell me in the comments below, if you have ever experienced moments of temporary extroversion?
All my best,
Christian Marie Herron, is Story Mentor and Creative Consultant for entrepreneurs, thinkers and creatives.