Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Science and Personality (part 2)

If you're on the fence as to which category you fall into, ask yourself a few questions. Do you feel recharged by being around people, or drained? If the latter, you are probably an introvert. Do you more carefully consider your words, and speak up only if there is something meaningful to say? Introvert. Do you prefer to stay at home, work alone, and avoid parties? Again, you are most likely an introvert. That's not to say that extroverts don't have some of the same characteristics, but it is less likely. So why are introverts this way? According to recent research in a study of 129 people, those found with less of a particular gene had more difficulty recognizing emotional facial expressions. As a result, they tended to have more anxiety about relationships, which greatly impacted their social behavior. Scientists found when the gene OXT was restricted by a process called “methylation,” participants in the study produced less oxytocin, a hormone that plays a part in human bonding...

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