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    Default The Scientific Definition of Introversion and Extraversion (Quiz Included)

    Think you're an introvert? You're probably wrong


    Based on the latest science of personality, the most common misunderstanding of the extraversion-introversion dimension is that introverts are more introspective than extroverts. In reality, introverts are not necessarily introspective and highly introspective people aren't necessarily introverted. It's not that introverts think more deeply before they speak, it's simply that they need more time to think before they speak.
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    Traits such as sensitivity and social anxiety are also not part of the introversion-extraversion domain. To be sure, many people may think of themselves as introverted because they are highly sensitive. But research shows that sensory processing sensitivity is independent of introversion.
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    What's more, there are lots of people who view themselves as "sensitive introverts", when they are really covert narcissists. These individuals are characterized by their sense of entitlement to social attention. Accordingly, they are hurt easily by the slightest remark of others, are hyper self conscious and self absorbed, and are frequently upset that others don't recognize their brilliance. Covert narcissism is strongly associated with neuroticism, not introversion.
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    It's important to distinguish, however, between the most prominent behavioral manifestation of extraversion (desire for social attention) and the core underlying mechanism of extraversion (reward sensitivity). Even though reward sensitivity need not be limited exclusively to social situations, high reward sensitivity likely motivates extraverts to seek out potentially rewarding positive social interactions, and fuels them to display behaviors that will increase social attention (e.g., friendliness, smiling, high energy, loudness, exhibitionism, positive emotions).
    This is a fantastic article that truly defines what introversion and extroversion are, correctly, free of bias. I would go insofar as to say this is the best, and most supported article on I/E I have ever read. There are so many misconceptions on what it is and what it is not, and research has really honed what the core drives and reasons are. I highly encourage everyone to read the whole article. It gets into the nitty gritty, and they do so based off scientific research, so this isn't just anecdotal assumptions. This has the potential to clear a lot of things for some.


    The quiz is at the bottom of the article, and is scaled as such (1 to 5):

    If you averaged 3.0 or less, you are probably an introvert.
    If you averaged between 3.1-3.8, you're probably an ambivert.
    If you averaged 3.9 or higher, you're probably an extravert.

    I scored 4.0 so it solidifies that I am indeed an extrovert.

    Discuss! @highlander I think you'll like this one.
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    So I'm not introverted, I'm just quiet? I'll take the test in a bit
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    I got 2.2 on the E/I which was a bit of a surprise. I thought I was a socially anxious extravert. But maybe I still am and I've just inaccurately represented myself or misunderstood how I actually am.

    On that covert narcissist one I scored 89 which is interesting. But if it's reliable would explain a lot.
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    Overall 2.6, so I am an introvert. Will have to do the other tests later.

    ETA: 68 on the Narcissist Test
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    There is no right or wrong definitions, there are just different definitions that has varied a bit over time. From originally more cognitive perspective(jung) and to more behavioristic perspective(big5/eysenck etc). MBTIs definitions combines both of these aspects to some degree by trying to point out some common behavioristic traits for I/E based on more simplified cognitive perspective of jungs.
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    That's an interesting viewpoint.

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    2.05 (Introvert). I thought I would score Ambivert like I usually do.

    105 on Covert Narcissism.

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    got 1.85 on the i/e (i feel i'm more ambiverted, I know I'm not extroverted, no matter how many times you people tell me I am)


    62 on convert narcism

    so according to this i'm an introvert who is averagely narcissitic.
    In no likes experiment.

    that is all

    i dunno what else to say so

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    I scored 3.15 (ambivert leaning towards introversion), low on enthusiasm and high on assertiveness, and my score on the covert narcissism test is 107.

    So according to these folks I am off the charts narcissistic and an ambivert...

    This is very helpful @Hard so thanks a lot for posting these links
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    Well so far the pattern that's being painted is that the people most likely on typology forums are both introverted and covert narcissists.
    'One of (Lucas) Cranach's masterpieces, discussed by (Joseph) Koerner, is in it's self-referentiality the perfect expression of left-hemisphere emptiness and a precursor of post-modernism. There is no longer anything to point to beyond, nothing Other, so it points pointlessly to itself.' - Iain McGilChrist

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    "Suppose it didn't," said Pooh, after careful thought.
    Piglet was comforted by this.
    - A.A. Milne.

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