Who makes better leaders: Introverts or Extroverts - Research round 5

Hey everyone!


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?

Lets begin!


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)



1 -  https://www.huffingtonpost.com...er-th_b_3756203.html

2 - https://introvertspring.com/ar...vertshan-extroverts/

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!





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Hi Priya!

I find it interesting that according to the international handbook of personality and intelligence, introverts tend to be better at verbal tests and extroverts better at written tests. I would have thought otherwise, seeing as extroverts are usually more outgoing and talkative than introverts. I wonder why introverts do better on verbal tests and extroverts on written tests then, and not vice-versa?

In my opinion, I believe that introverts are usually smarter when it comes to school and academic subjects such as math, because they are able to focus more as they don't require a lot of stimulation. On the other hand, extroverts are probably more likely to good with hands-on, interactive and social situations. Of course, this may not always be true, but I think that it's true more often than not.

Anyways, great research and good luck with your future research!

Hi Priya,

You mention how introverts are thought to be more intelligent and do better on verbal intelligence tests rather than written tests. To me, that is absolutely fascinating! I would have thought that extroverts do better on verbal tests whereas introverts do better on written tests. Why is that so? Did you look into any neurological advantages those with the tendency to be shyer have when it comes to speech? Perhaps, the area of the brain associated to reading/writing and socialization are physically close?

Also, I completely agree with the last statement. I don't think extroversion and introversion significantly impact how intelligent an individual is, but instead impacts the way one displays their intelligence. And there are multiple types of intelligence. To further your research, I would go into all of them and the impact extroversion/introversion may have: linguistic intelligence, spatial awareness, interpersonal intellect, et cetera.

Excellent research, Priya! I'm excited to see your future posts

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