I hope you all are well. On my previous post i shared some information regarding people who associate introversion with sadness and extroversion with happiness. On this post i will be looking at the following question: Do introverts and extroverts have the same amount of intelligence?
Measuring intelligence by personality is not as simple as it may seem, the international handbook of personality and intelligence states that introverts do better on verbal intelligence tests whereas extroverts do better on written tests. (1) If we look at the characteristics of introverts and extroverts to determine whether or not one is more intelligible than the other, chances are we will almost always say that introverts are smarter. (1, 2)Some of our society’s top inventors have all been introverts such as Albert Einstein and Bill Gates. (1) Introverted traits that may contribute to the intelligence of a smarter human can be quietness, seriousness, and even the tendency to think before they speak. (1, 2) Business wise, psychology today states theorizes that introverts and extroverts only do well when they have the proper social skills to back up their intelligence. (1) If this theory is in anyway true, extroverts would be considered more intelligible. (1) For us to fully understand which personality may be more intelligible we need to understand that both personalities; especially extroverts have completely different brains. (2) Extroverted brains have a lower level of activation, making them look out for higher levels of stimulation to feel more alert. (2) This is truly what makes extroverts more attracted to take risks and in essence to be less thoughtful. (2) A research study that was completed by Harvard university found that introverts have more gray matter in the Prefrontal cortex than other regular brains, which makes sense because the prefrontal cortex is where all the abstract thinking and decision making happens. (2) Realistically one could say that Introverts are very much smarter than extroverts, but there is no scientific evidence to prove that this is true. (1, 2) Many others also believe that introverts and extroverts are equally as intelligent and that both personalities just express it in different ways. (2)
That concludes my fifth round of research! I’d love to hear everyones thoughts and suggestions in the comment section below. Very excited to share my next cycle with you all!