“Make Me” Part 2: Introvert or Extrovert?
Maybe one’s response to peer pressure is related to whether you are an introvert or an extrovert?
There was an item on BBC Breakfast about a woman who has written a book on the value of the introvert in society. She was saying that there has been an undervaluing of the introvert. She said that children were being forced into being extrovert: being made to speak in front of large groups, to socialise widely from a young age etc. I think she would have argued that your character in this respect is innate.
Certainly Scotland has gone down the promoting the extrovert route – where we look for “confident individuals”.
She said that extroverts were more likely to take risks than introverts. I wonder if that makes extroverts more susceptible to caving in to peer pressure.
My trouble with the introvert/extrovert questions is that I don’t fit in either camp. Although I think maybe at the core I am introvert. On the one hand I am socially awkward, but don’t mind addressing hundreds through a mic or in writing. I am happy in public and in private, but I squirm in any middle ground, on the transition from public to private.
I imagine an introvert would have less cause to have to deal with overt peer pressure. I’ll leave it to anyone sure they are extrovert to tell me whether or not their extroversion has a bearing on their relationship with peer pressure.