Intraversion and extraversion as stable personality traits
The extroversion and its opposite, the introversion, belong to these personality traits. (The others are openness to experience, conscientiousness, neuroticism and social compatibility).
Each of us is on a different place on this continuum of personality traits. The extroversion has six aspects in this model: warm, sociable, persuasive, active, receptive to excitement and excitement, and positively voted.
Again, nothing nice comes out when you extrapolate the opposite of extroversion: cold, silent, indulgent, domestic, boring and grumpy.
The discussion about the introversion
In recent years, debate has been about what introversion is, but it has come a long way since Freud's grudging assessment. Using all the new high-performance brain scan technologies available today, scientists are actually starting to detect differences in the brains of introverts and extroverts.
And gradually, there is also the belief that introversion is not all that bad - that it actually has some really good qualities. The psychoanalyst and author Marti Laney was one of the first of the so-called "pro-introversion" movement and enriched the discussion with some other qualities introverts: astute thinkers, creative, self-reflective, flexible, responsible.
Introversion and high sensitivity
This is great and provides approaches to define introversion in a completely different direction. This is what the psychologist Elaine Aron coined the term "highly sensitive persons" (HSP for short), which was also included in the introversion-definition mix because many introverts who have read their books have recognized themselves in it.
highly sensitive People are quickly overpowered by too much excitement and unrest, they are receptive to other people's moods and over-perceive everything around them.
This is a matter of sensory processing. I know that I went to a big, lively party and almost fell into catatonia. Whether this high sensitivity to external stimuli is now also an aspect of introversion or something else, all in all, adds to this additional aspect of the definition of introversion to further confusion.
The state of science
And there is the problem that shyness was long synonymous with introversion. The many years in which scientists and others have used "introversion" and "shyness" as interchangeable terms make things more confused, especially in the lab.
In the past, much research has been done on the assumption that shyness is for introversion, so research is quite interesting and sometimes relevant, but sometimes irrelevant.
Despite the confusion, one thing is becoming increasingly clear: introversion is more than just the absence of extroversion. We introverts occupy our own space in the world, even if its design is not yet fully defined. We are a bit young and a bit Eysenck.
Field research and laboratory theory
The scientists are supposed to do the work in the laboratory, but we are doing field research. We are part of the movement to define, describe and understand the introversion, and get closer to the goal every day to find out all about it.
Many introverts refer to Aron's HSP, even though the verdict on whether there is a connection with introversion is still pending.
The good news, however, is that introverts, more than ever (thanks to the World Wide Web), band together, talk to each other, exchange messages, and take their nature as it is.
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