My inquiry question: Introvert or extrovert? My last research stated I’ll be answering specific and common questions about introverts and extroverts. Does this affect the way we talk to people? How does society take in introverts and extroverts? What is an ambivert?
Does this affect the way we talk to people?
Introverts: Those with a preference for introversion tend to think they’re communicating more than they are. The quality of their communications is sound, but the quantity is lower than needed. When introverts communicate, it’s typically effective, but they usually don’t communicate often enough. Most introverts are strong listeners. (1)
Extroverts: The quantity of an extrovert’s communication is high, but the quality is often low. It’s common for extroverts to talk a lot, where the listener often has a hard time deciding what’s most important from the wealth of information shared. And, some extroverts find themselves wanting to “tell” a lot, which hampers their ability to listen. (1)
How does society take in introverts and extroverts?
People tend to think introverts lack verbal communication skills are not as strong as those of extroverts, introverts are misunderstood and misjudged, they are penalized at school or work, people want to fix them, exterior image equates to value today, social events are uncomfortable and its harder to make friends. (2)
An extrovert bias is a societal preference for people with extroverted personalities. It is particularly common in American society, where outgoing leaders, students, and community members are given more opportunities than those that are reserved. Research shows we rate people more positively when they have qualities we associate with extroverts. For instance, talkative people are considered more intelligent, attractive, interesting, and likely to make better friends. People who talk faster are rated as more capable than those who talk slower. In groups, those who talk the most are seen as smarter than those who are quiet. (3)
Society tend to think they have a better social network, better professional opportunities and they are happier. (4)
I don’t fully agree with most if the opinions society has, I think introverts are fun to be around too.
What is an ambivert?
The Oxford dictionary says an ambivert is an individual who has neither pronounced introvert or extrovert characteristics. (5)
An ambivert is someone who exhibits qualities of both introvert and extrovert. They cannot be labeled as pure introvert or extrovert. (6)
An ambivert is someone who falls in the middle of the introvert/extrovert continuum. Ambiverts have a blend of traits from both introverts and extroverts, as well as their unique strengths. (7)
Thank you for reading my research! I hope it gave a clear understanding to you. My next research will answer the main question of which is better.
I think this is such an interesting topic! Everyone knows introverts and extroverts exist, but nobody really knows the facts behind it. Your blog post has made me wonder if it is better to be an introvert or an extrovert? Or is being an ambivert the best because it’s in the middle?
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Your writing is really clear and the topic you chose is really interesting! As an introvert, I agree that we tend to think we’re communicating more than we actually are. I’d like to think I’m a strong listener. While both introvert and extroverts have their own pros and cons, society sure holds a more negative view towards intoverts. Some questions I have that might guide your next research is: what percentage does introverts/ extrovert/ ambivert hold in our community? Is it scientifically proven that one is better than another, eg: “ambivert is the best survival trait in our community.” ? Are people born introverted/ extroverted? (genetic factors?)
Good luck! I look forward to your new post!
Hey Kiara, this is an interesting topic! I really think your question ties closely with everyone’s life, which makes it so fun to learn about. I totally agree with the common misunderstanding that introverts lack verbal communication skills, while they simply have a different way of communication and not as naturally outgoing as some others. After reading your blog, I developed a wonder: Since introverts and extroverts both have their pros and cons, that that make ambiverts the “best”? How are ambiverts’ placement in the society? Do they face any challenges that are similar or different than extroverts and introverts?
I look forward to reading more of your blogs and good luck!
This sounds like such an amazing topic! I myself am very interested in how society views both introverts and extroverts. I will make sure to follow the rest of your progress, and am very excited to see your results.
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