Intensity as a bad thing?

I am the first to admit, I am intense. Everything about me is intense. I am fiercely loyal and devoted. I can be amazingly smart and brilliantly stupid. I am genuinely happy and silly.

But this part of my personality is not something I let shine in all environments. I’ve gotten burned for my tenaciousness and optimism. It doesn’t always come across as professional and has made people treat me like a teenager. So I’ve learned to read a situation and work environment before letting tiny pieces of my real personality out. I try to listen more and talk less, something that is difficult for me. Read a situation better before bubbling over.

Do you squelch parts of your personality in certain situations?

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