Was Gandhi really an Introvert?


Gandhi

Gandhi and crowd

In the book Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that cannot stop talking, Mahatma Gandhi is described as an introvert. But, was Gandhi really an introvert? Just because he was a great thinker, was deeply spiritual, and used to spend lot of time meditating and praying, should he be labeled as an introvert? Do we have sufficient data to arrive at this conclusion?

This is how Susan Cain has described introverts and extroverts on her website:

  • Introverts:  Given the choice, you’ll devote your social energy to the people you care about most, preferring a glass of wine with a close friend to a party full of strangers. You think before you speak, and relish solitude. You feel energized when focusing deeply on a subject or activity that really interests you. You have an active inner life, and are at your best when you tap into its riches.
  • Extroverts: You relish social life, and are energized by interacting with Keep Reading…