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    Default Is introspection a form of intelligence?

    ...versus, just a characteristic...?

    That's the Q. A curious mind inquires!

    *Also, is curiosity a form of intelligence or just a (necessary?) precursor to it? I suppose curiosity may be a variety of introspection.





    *Err I meant vice versa! Introspection seems like a variety of curiosity that is specifically directed inward.
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    There is a model of multiple intelligences that includes intrapersonal skills. I'm not sure yet what to think of it.

    Curiosity, I'd say, is an indication of intelligence and a great aid on the path to knowledge.
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    I think introverts tend to be more intelligent in general. I think they are prone to getting caught up in recursive loops that can limit their effectiveness though.
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    Is extroversion a form of stupidity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasofy View Post
    Is extroversion a form of stupidity?
    I didn't say introversion Gene Yass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UniqueMixture View Post
    I think introverts tend to be more intelligent in general. I think they are prone to getting caught up in recursive loops that can limit their effectiveness though.
    I thought introspection is more closely tied to intuition than introversion. I might have been wrong...

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    Quote Originally Posted by UniqueMixture View Post
    I think introverts tend to be more intelligent in general. I think they are prone to getting caught up in recursive loops that can limit their effectiveness though.
    To the bolded - absolutely agree. To the non-bolded, not so sure I agree. I guess that's part of the point to the OP, though, in that intense introspection (*which is often more associated with introverts) can yield certain insights that would never be discovered without the introspection? But the negative side is obviously the looping and self-absorption; I mean, being blind/oblivious to external input could also be viewed as incredibly stupid/ignorant/unintelligent. Just depends.
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    I'm confused. People seem to be equating introspection with introversion, and FTR I don't agree that they are synonymous at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iwakar View Post
    I'm confused. People seem to be equating introspection with introversion, and FTR I don't agree that they are synonymous at all.
    Agreed. I don't think they are synonymous. There is a tendency for introverts to be introspective just as there is a tendency for extroverts not to be. Perhaps that it just natural considering the focus of attention/energy gain? Not sure but it seems to make sense.
    So far...so good...

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