Times have changed. Now, as a PhD student, I think of other crazy ideas (like how students should be taught) and try talking people into them. I'm amazed when they agree. And I'm even more amazed when some of these ideas work!
I guess you could describe me as the thinking type who's very interested in people and what they think. I think I might actually be good at it-- I once guessed (rightly) that someone chose window seats on an airplane, and that they really hated hiking (Oh, here's a trick: people who like hiking also usually like sushi. Weird huh?)