What is Extroversion?
Extroverted or extroversion and its definition. Extroverts get their energy from other people and being in social situations, they recharge their batteries by socializing and being in the presence of other social people.
To be extroverted is to seek simulation from the outside world and other people. They’re directed towards social situations and interactions.
About 75 percent of the population is thought to be made up of extroverts, which basically means that extroversion is considered to be normal and it’s usually rewarded in an extroverted dominate society. Because extroversion is normal and common, introverted people can sometimes have trouble being excepted and are often the victims of bullies. An example of this would be the quiet kid in the class room being targeted by the extroverted and talkative bullies.
Extroverts can find it difficult to spend time by themselves, easily becoming bored with no body to talk to, extroverts prefer to talk to someone rather than spending time alone thinking. Extroverts often think while doing, or act before thinking as they are usually action orientated which is the opposite of an introvert.
Many extroverts seek a very wide knowledge base. They often know a little bit about many different subjects as suppose to introverts who generally seek more in depth knowledge of fewer subjects. Also extroverts tend to enjoy or be more content with repeating a learned skill and they are more likely to tackle multiple tasks at the same time.
While somebody can be considered to be a strong extrovert or introvert, it’s believed that nobody is completely extroverted or introverted. If somebody was completely one way or the other then that person could be mentally very unhealthy, and they would more than likely end up in a lunatic asylum.
The extroverted and introverted brain
There have been many scientific studies on this showing that there are actual differences in the brains of extroverts and introverts. One study leads to suggest that cortical arousal (speed/brain activity) is greater in that of an introvert, this can cause introverts to become overwhelmed in busy environments causing them to shut down.
There are also studies that suggest that blood flow to the brain is different in extroverts and introverts, extroverts receive more blood to the areas of the brain that are responsible for gaining information from our sensors. Introverts receive more blood to the areas that deal with problem solving and making plans. This can also lead to extroverts being more focused on instant gratification as they focus more on the current moment in time.
Other studies suggest that extroverts tend to be more reward sensitive. Which means they get a greater buzz from activities like gambling, eating, sex, social status and interacting with people in general.