Another important aspect of introversion is the ability to transition between the two personalities—the guarded introvert transforming to a temporarily aggressive and talkative extrovert. This pretend extroversion is not necessarily instantaneous like switching on a light. It involves conscious preparation with a temporary breaking down of the outer defenses—much like leaving the gates to the city ajar and unguarded. It requires preparing the inner self for potential conflict and it can be a daunting task somewhat like rearranging a living room or cleaning out a freezer. Similarly, the introvert must pull themselves back together following this interval of extroversion requiring time and rebuilding. The transitional state of the bear in this new image explores that moment of transition.
The second image is part of a series exploring how US cultural preferences for extroversion are imposed upon introverts.