Whenever I notice coincidences occurring in my life I pay attention because I believe the universe is giving me a gentle nudge to take a look. My latest series may seem trivial but let’s not forget that the kingdom was lost for want of a horseshoe nail. Who knows what wisdom we lose by not paying attention to our coincidences?

Several weeks ago, a friend told me she was reading a fascinating book about introverts that she wanted to share with me. I have yet to receive the book, but in searching for something else on the Internet I stumbled upon a TEDtalk by Susan Cain, the very author of Quiet: The power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. The title explains quite clearly where Ms. Cain stands in the introvert/ extrovert controversy. A week later, I turned on public radio and it happened that, coincidentally again, the TED Radio Hour was talking with Susan Cain. I got to thinking about Introversion vs Extroversion.

In my life there have been times when I tended toward introversion and other times when I’ve tended toward extroversion. For the first 34 years I had difficulty speaking in front of a group, even a very small group. Now, I love it, although I love my quiet times alone, too. At a crowded gathering I may be considerably reserved, but then if I stumble upon an interesting conversation I may get right into it. Perhaps I am an ambivert, a category Ms. Cain suggests might be the best one.

From ambivert, my mind drifted to the quasi’s, but not the psuedo’s. Quasi’s are legit, having some but not all of the features of the item at hand (resembling), whereas the psuedo’s are outright fakes. Among our clear-cut definitions of intro’s, extro’s, and ambi’s, there may be lurking quasi-intro’s, quasi-extro’s, and quasi-ambi’s. Things can get nuttier. How about alleged, seeming, would-be, and so-called? They’re all differing flavors in the realm of quasi. There could be seemingly quasi-extroverts among us, or so-called quasi- introverts, or all kinds of divisions we’ve never thought of before.

Which leads me to wonder if there is any reason at all to make the reductionist cut from Human Being to Introverted Human Being OR Extroverted Human Being in the first place. I can accept right brain/left brain. The two halves are plainly seen on an MRI, no sense calling them just the halves. But even with an actual physical model, I prefer not to be referred to as left-brained or right-brained but rather, whole-brained.

By that logic, I’m a wholevert. And I’m still looking forward to reading Susan Cain’s book.