Aaaaand welcome back to Psychology 101! This weeks installment is about extroversion – or in other words introverts and extroverts.
Lots of people think that introverts and extroverts are synonyms for shy and outgoing but that’s not exactly what they mean.
In short, extroverts are really people who feel energised by being around other people, whilst introverts are people who are energised by spending time alone.
Does that mean extroverts can be shy and introverts can be outgoing?
Yes, yes it does!
And how does someone become an introvert or an extrovert?
The psychologist Hans Eysenck determined that what makes someone an introvert or an extrovert is determined by the speed and amount of brain activity. Someone who’s an introvert is likely to process information faster than extroverts meaning loud places full of people are more likely to overwhelm them.
That might not be the reason. Another theory suggests that extroverts are more “sensitive to rewards.” I don’t mean rewards such as cookies (though I’m sure many extroverts enjoy cookies) but rewards as in social ones such as someone complimenting them or laughing at a joke they told.
There are quite a few other explanations too, including more biological ones which I’m not going to get into because I uh don’t understand it.
So is everyone an introvert or an extrovert?
Actually not quite. Introversion and extroversion is more of a scale so no one really has to be one or the other. Some people – like me – prefer to identify as ambiverts which is somewhere in the middle. It kinda looks like this:
Okay enough with the facts, let’s have some fun!
I’ve got two quizzes for you guys to find out about whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert.
Here’s a quick buzzfeed one (I got “mild extrovert”) and here’s another one called the Myer Briggs indicator test (I got ENFP) that shows not only introvert/extrovert but a whole lot of other things too so that one’s pretty fun if you’re willing to answer a lot of questions.
Okay that’s enough for today, comment below what you got on the quizzes! (Sorry, I always feel like saying that – it’s what those professional article writer people do. Also YouTubers. And I quite like pretending to be either of them).