The way that introverts and extroverts see the world and interact with people is very different, but both are uniquely endearing. However, being introverted can be difficult sometimes. Check out our meme collection about introverts below, and let us know the most relatable ones!
The world of introversion and extroversion is quite complicated than it actually looks. People that are introverted or extroverted to the extreme and very rare. In fact, the vast majority belonging somewhere in the middle of this spectrum of extroversion called ambiversion.
Dr. Andrew Spark from the Queensland University of Technology has deeply studied the link between introversion and leadership. He states that the way introverts think about social interaction varies from how extroverts think. This directly affects the career paths and positions of introverts. Good leadership requires a number of qualities such as being social, bold, courageous, and brave, which are commonly seen in extroverts. He stated that for a long time, we have known that extroverts make better leaders. However, a recent study revealed how and why this happens.
As claimed by this study, introverts tend to think that situations that require leadership are unpleasant. Technically, this is referred to as ‘Affective forecasting’, and it means the expectation we have of our future emotions. If introverts can change their thoughts about social interaction, they might be able to stand a better chance of being leaders. As claimed by Dr. Spark, sometimes introverts can even be more effective than extroverts in positions requiring leadership.
Dr. Spark states that introverts are indeed rare. Since extroversion is a continuum, most people can be regarded as ambiverts. He also says if we really want to divide people into categories, 15-20% of people are seemingly introverted, and another 15-20% are extroverted. The remaining 60-70% are ambiverts. Dr. Spark also states that although introverts engage in some extroverted tasks in their daily lives and vice versa, extroverts sometimes struggle when acting introverted.
Dr. Spark’s study on whether or not introverts need to recharge more after social interaction showed mixed results. It showed that both introverted and extroverted people get depleted to the same extent after interacting with people. Also, this depletion occurred approximately 3 hours after the depletion. However, the study revealed that more negative emotions are felt by introverts when acting extroverted, such as tiredness. However, they also experienced more positive emotions.
In conclusion, Dr. Spark explained: “A lot more research needs to be done to understand how and why introverts think differently and whether we can uncover ways to encourage introverts into leadership positions given that they are quite capable of effective leadership in certain situations.”