Eager, cheery people are so exhausting.
I am writing in response to having to work alongside one of them. The excessive laughs, the over friendliness and the dramatic expression makes me very cautious. You know why? Because I am old enough to know that the moment they flip, things will be UGLY, as in EGLY.
I prefer people who seem stoic or even uninterested but are consistent – consistently not dramatic, unimpressed but calm. They are usually the genuine ones. If they smile at you, you know it’s because they want to. They are usually the sensitive ones, too. They listen more and generally more perceptive. Perhaps because they waste less energy expressing needless emotions and laughing/mengilai di tempat kerja.
I can work with some level of eagerness, but when it comes from fake cheery people I find it quite dangerous. Just yesterday the EGLY happened. Things were not going the way that person had eagerly planned…and quite quickly true colors started to show. Didn’t I tell you. Chill-chill sudah la.. dan please jangan mengilai at work. Unless you are cast as a seductive woman/dukun.