Originally Posted by BillPLed
I am highly introverted but have been "coming out" more over the years. It is amazing that my clients tend to see me as an extravert. I seem to have gotten pretty good at "playing the part." You almost have to if you want to be a success in most fields. By the way, I am a social worker and am a primary counselor for a men's group in an in-patient substance abuse clinic.
This to be a curious thing you touch on. Like you, I am highly introverted. But I've been working in the arts for 17 years now and see a progression towards being more and more extroverted. Those who rise to the top are quite extroverted from the get-go it seems. So I would agree: this is a feature of being successful within one's field is as much as the field demands it.
My partner is introverted as well and has amazing 'people' skills: he's starting his MSW this Fall. I bet you have a lot in common with him.