Was Jesus an extrovert?

Of course, I'm tempted to respond. But then I wonder.  I've just read Susan Cain's book Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, where she says that our culture has idealized extroverts since the mid 1800s. She thinks the evangelical church does this more than the general culture.
If you don't love Jesus out loud, then it must not be real love. It's not enough to forge your own spiritual connection to the divine; it must be displayed publicly.
So I wonder, what does Scripture say? Jesus spoke to large multitudes frequently, something (humanly speaking) no introvert would ever do. But he also went away by himself to pray for hours at a time, something no extrovert would do.

Maybe the fully divine and fully human Son of God has all the strengths of both extroverts and introverts.

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