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Ask Marilyn: What's All the Fuss About?
Robert Schlesman of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, writes:
Marilyn: When the Beatles came to America, I was a teen, and they were on The Ed Sullivan Show. I never experienced any of the screaming and crying and fainting. Today, I see people camping out in lines overnight to buy a phone. Or on Black Friday, they mob a store to get the best deal. Why do they act like the world is going to end if they don't get it? I never thought a singer or a phone or anything else was that great to have those kind of feelings. Why do I feel that way? Why do they feel that way?
If you put extreme extroversion at one end of a human behavior spectrum and extreme introversion on the other end, they're farther toward the extroversion pole than you are. In general, they're much more excitable than their opposites. But they also flash, crash, and burn more easily. Not that humans can be so easily categorized, but you know what I mean.
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