Are You More of an Introvert or an Extrovert?
Living 2012/01/24 18:58:49
Have you always considered yourself a little bit on the introverted side? Well, it's your time to shine, according to Susan Cain, author of the new book, "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking."
"It's a waste of talent and energy and happiness when we design society in such a way as to favor one over another," Cain, who spent five years studying introverts and extroverts, told USA Today, suggesting that until now, the blabbermouths have ruled the school.
From junior high to reality TV, it does seem like our society favors outgoing people -- and the literature suggests that extroverts are psychologically healthier than introverts, personality psychologist David Watson of the University of Notre Dame in Indiana told the paper.
But sometimes, it pays to be quieter and more reflective. "If you want to do something that requires sustained performance and paying attention for long periods of time, introversion is beneficial," psychologist William Revelle of Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., told USA Today.
Watson says about 70 percent of people are somewhere in the middle between introverted and extroverted, and about 15 percent are at either end of the spectrum. But psychologist Judith Sills of Philadelphia says you're pretty much born the way you are. "We came out of the womb more or less one way or the other," she told USA Today.
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