Is Aisha an Introvert or an Extrovert?
Posted On April 22, 2020
I bet you said “extrovert”, didn’t you? After all, she’s confident, fearless, and energetic, which are traits we associate with extroverts. (Yes, introverts can be that way, too.) She also breaks into a boogie on a whim.
Another clue: she hates being alone. Remember how she freaked out in Winx season two every time her friends weren’t with her? Generally speaking, extroverts can’t stand being by themselves because they get their energy from social interaction.
So, she’s an extrovert. Case closed, right?
Not so fast. Aisha has some introvert tendencies, too:
- She keeps her anxieties to herself, instead of telling other people how she’s feeling.
- When she’s stressed or upset, she isolates herself.
- She sometimes refuses help from other people, even when she needs it (though this could be pride instead of introversion).
- She doesn’t talk much, unless she’s with people she trusts.
These contradictions to her personality make sense if you know her backstory. Aisha is an only child, and she grew up with no friends (except Anne, who moved away). Plus, her parents may have been too busy to raise her themselves.
In “The Invisible Pixies” (Winx season 2, episode 13), one of her servants said her father called to remind her about her lessons. That suggests he was away at the time. Yes, that scene was a dream, but maybe it happened a lot in real life, since her father is the king of Andros. That may be why it was in her subconscious.
So even though being alone scares her, she’s used to it. (For some reason, I remember one of her character descriptions calling her “somewhat of a loner”, but I can’t find it.)
Nex, A True Extrovert
Nex’s season six character description says he’s “outgoing/extroverted” (estroverso). How do his actions differ from Aisha’s?
- He’s more open with his feelings and beliefs (for better or for worse).
- Contrary to what his Italian Wiki page says — they’re talking about NEXX! — he doesn’t tend to isolate himself. He’s a sociable guy, so he’s rarely alone.
- He seems to believe you’re better off asking for help instead of doing things on your own. Remember his “teamwork never fails” line from “Into the Depths of Andros” (Winx season 8, episode 8)? Plus, he encouraged Aisha to “let the others help” with her speech prep and saving Gorgol.
Another difference is Nex is comfortable talking to strangers. (That’s how he and Aisha met, after all.) Aisha, on the other hand, tends to let the more social Winx like Bloom or Stella handle introductions.
I think Aisha is an extrovert trapped in an introvert’s body. She wants to be more open and outgoing, but she can’t help the way her upbringing shaped her. So how do we classify her?
Fortunately, we have another option besides introvert or extrovert: ambivert, sometimes called an “outgoing introvert”. As Science of People explains:
An ambivert is someone who exhibits qualities of both introversion and extroversion, and can flip into either depending on their mood, context, and goals.https://www.scienceofpeople.com/ambivert/
Some signs a person may be an ambivert:
- They enjoy being with other people like extroverts do, but they need alone time like introverts.
- They can be outgoing like extroverts, but it depends on the situation.
- They can work on teams like extroverts, but after working independently first.
- They can process their thoughts both out loud and internally.
That sounds exactly like Aisha to me. It covers her energy and her social awkwardness, as well as her desire for company and her conflicting lone wolf instinct. And as we know, she and the Winx — and she and Nex — work well together, but sometimes they have to remind her that no woman’s an island.
By the way, I took the Myers-Briggs personality test for her a few times. (It’s research for my non-Winx Aisha/Nex story). She always scored about 50/50 on extroversion vs. introversion, so there you go. (I think she’s an ISFP. What do you think?)
So to answer our question: Is Aisha an introvert or an extrovert? She’s both. Go figure.