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I’m finally ready to start treating it that way

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In early 2020, my fledgling stand-up comedy career was finally finding its footing. I had started working the road for a large chain of clubs and had booked upcoming gigs in New York City, where I had meetings with influential industry gatekeepers scheduled on March 17.

Of course, that NYC trip never happened. But lockdown did, and the momentum born from seven years of full-time grinding, open mics, and doing all possible gigs went straight down the toilet. I was scared and pissed off. But after a week or so, I realized something — all the clubs were closed, so…


Whichever personality type you identify with, there’s something to glean from the experience of self-isolation

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If the great lockdown’s memes are any indication, this global pause has introverts finding out they’re extroverts — and vice versa:

Carl Jung first proposed a psychological theory on introverts and extroverts as personality types in 1921. Since then we’ve come to think of it like this: Introverts gain energy from solitude, while extroverts recharge by being around other people. Psychology broadly recognizes that introversion and extroversion happens along a continuum, but in the popular imagination it’s often perceived as binary.

The idea that people can get all their energy from one source or the other is…

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