For each of the questions below, answer true or false to see how much you really know about introverts.
T/F Being an introvert is about personality.
False: Being an introvert isn’t about our personalities or how much we like small talk; it’s wired into our brains and nervous systems. Introverts and extroverts use different primary neurotransmitters, nervous system divisions, and brain pathways.
T/F You can change from being an introvert to extrovert or vice versa.
False: Because being introverts or extroverts is wired into our brains and nervous systems, we don’t change from one to another. Picture a continuum with “introvert” on one end and “extrovert” on the other. Research shows we all move toward the introvert end as we age, but we don’t cross the middle line.
T/F Many people are ambiverts.
False: Being an introvert or extrovert is like being right or left-handed. We use both of our hands for many tasks each day but one is naturally dominant, even if only slightly (only 1% of people are truly ambidextrous). You can find out whether introversion or extroversion is dominant for you with my one-minute quiz.
T/F There are many more extroverts than introverts in the world.
False: A study by the Myers-Briggs Foundation in partnership with Stanford Research Institute found 50.7% of people are introverts.
T/F Introversion is the same as shyness or social anxiety.
False: According to research, 90% of people describe themselves as shy at some point during their lives. 13% will be diagnosed with social anxiety. Shyness and social anxiety are about fear; introversion is about how we’re wired.
T/F Introvert activities like reflecting, creating, and strategizing aren’t as tiring as external activities.
False: Internal activities burn energy too. A study showed chess grand masters burn up to six thousand calories a day, have stress responses similar to those of elite athletes, and “sustain blood pressure for hours in the range found in competitive marathon runners.”
T/F Extroverts make better leaders than introverts.
False: A recent global leadership sample revealed 56.8% of leaders are introverts and a ten-year study showed introvert CEOs were, “slightly more likely to surpass the expectations of their boards and investors.” Introverts and extroverts can both make great leaders.
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