Challenge of the Month: Being Quiet

My PBL group think that I’m incapable of keeping quiet, and a GP tutor refers to me as one of the “loud ones,” so ofcourse I was determined to prove them wrong. The challenge was to go a day of primary care placement without talking to anyone. I was only allowed to talk if our GP tutor directly asked me a question, and ofcourse in patient consultations, but apart from that, not a word.

How was it then? Well exactly how I thought it would be, quite easy!

A lot of people seem to be under the impression that I can’t stop talking, but it’s really not hard. Yes, I like socialising and being part of conversations, but I also like keeping to myself too. I don’t label myself as an “extrovert” or “introvert,” because I see myself as being a bit of both, and just because my “louder” side is seen more, doesn’t mean I don’t have times when I prefer to be left alone. (I don’t think there’s anything wrong with labelling yourself as an introvert or extrovert by the way, I just personally think I don’t fit into one category.)

If I’m to be honest, socialising can be draining and #longforman sometimes, so actually having an excuse to not talk for a whole day was great! I could read while sat with a group of people, and not be accused of being “anti-social,” so I liked that. Also when you don’t say much, you can listen and observe more, and I actually noticed new things about my PBL group and GP tutor. I am now conscious of the fact that I might annoy people with my seemingly incessant chatter (if you’re one of those people, I’m sorry), and I will make more of an effort to listen more and talk less in the future.

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