Views and Reviews
By Jean McCamy
Are you an extrovert or an introvert? Are you outgoing, sociable and the life of the party, or shy and reticent? Don’t know? Some of each? Me, too.
I’m sure we all know people who seem to be totally one personality type or the other and it is usually pretty easy to explain it according to their background.
Those who grew up in a loud boisterous family with never a quiet moment to themselves are probably going to want a lot of company and interaction with people. And those who grew up an only child or in a quiet contemplative environment will undoubtedly need to be by themselves or at least in a serene place for much of their time.
When I took a little quiz on Google, I fell smack in the middle of the introvert-extrovert spectrum, which apparently makes me an ambivert.
That isn’t any great surprise since I love being with friends and meeting new people and going to parties, but not with loud music and bright pulsing lights. I also like being all by myself with a good book or just sitting and quietly watching the world go by.
However, most of us probably have a tendency more toward one or the other of those personality labels and if you are curious to know which way you lean, there is a simple little test that is a DIY version of a psychology study done in the l960s that is still accepted in scientific circles.
Tie a piece of thread exactly in the middle of a Q-tip. Place one end of the Q-tip on your tongue for 20 seconds. Next, put five drops of lemon juice on your tongue, swallow, then put the other end of the Q-tip on your tongue for 20 seconds. Dangle the Q-tip by the thread.
If the Q-tip stays horizontal, you are probably an extrovert, but if the lemon soaked end hangs lower, it is because you salivated more than normal and, physiologically speaking, you are an introvert.
Now that you have that earth-shaking knowledge about yourself, go ahead and use the rest of the lemon to make some lemonade and either call a friend to chat or grab a book and go off by yourself and read.
—Jean McCamy is a Wake Forest artist.