Introversion/Extroversion, and Beatles’ Conflict: A Dialogue

~by Karen and Erin



Some time ago, Erin and I began a discussion about how the perception of conflict between Paul and the other three Beatles, particularly in the days prior to the band’s demise, has essentially been characterized by many  biographers as an outcome of Paul’s perfectionism.  In our opinion, however, the “Paul was too bossy” trope–a view often promulgated by the other three Beatles, as it happens–was simply too convenient and in its gross oversimplification of creative conflict, woefully inaccurate.  It seemed more likely that the conflicts within the group, and between Paul and George in particular, were due–at least in part–to their innately different creative and interpersonal styles.  The Beatles are not unique in assigning false attributions to one another in conflict situations; as a matter of fact,  many people have a tendency to assign pejorative labels to behaviours which they don’t understand, find frustrating, and get in the way of their own creative needs. Continue reading