An acquaintance recently said to me, "Terrance, I think you might be too square for her" (referring to a friend of hers). That comment got me thinking about the degree to which one's personality is shaped by vocation.
In the music world, brass players are stereotyped as being extroverted, string players as neurotic, and flutists as arrogant. While stereotypes are just that, do you think it's possible that the rules, structure, symmetry and formality of classical music and its presentation causes its listeners to come across as bieng "square" (nerdy, geeky, un-hip). Also: what about your vocation? Are the stereotypes associated with what you do? Do you fit them?