Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network
The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American. Quick Quiz: Which of the following are signs of introversion? Highly sensitiveDeep ThinkerReflectiveIntrospectiveNegative emotionsSocially AnxiousDefensiveVulnerableAlways prefers solitude over social interaction Answer: Not a single one. Introversion is one of the most misunderstood dimensions of personality. But that’s not introversion. Common Misconceptions About Introversion Whereas Jung based his definitions of extraversion and introversion on his own theory, experience, and intuition, modern psychology identifies personality dimensions empirically, based on what patterns of behavior tend to go together within individuals. The most common misunderstanding of the extraversion-introversion dimension is that introverts are more introspective than extroverts. In fact, what many people ascribe to introversion really belongs in the intellect/imagination domain . 1. Are you an introvert? 1.