Monday, June 27, 2016

Science and Personality (part 1)

How many of you would consider yourself an introvert? Wow, ok, a lot of you. Now let's add to that those of you who were too shy to even admit you're an introvert. Despite what we may think (or might have been told based on a 1960 estimate that has circulated the internet for decades), introverts are not in the minority in our society. Based on a random sample conducted by the Myers-Briggs organization in 1998, 50.7% of the population in the U.S. are Introverts! Yet why is everything, from class participation to college and job interviews seemingly based on having the characteristics of an extrovert? Those that talk a lot are often those that are picked for leadership positions over people who talk more sparingly. We teach our kids to be more assertive, to speak up, but as a result, introverts often struggle to defy their natural state of mind in order to be accepted in a society that judges them rather harshly for being quieter than others. And now, there is research that this condition can be “cured...”

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