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It might come as a surprise to some but people who are more introverted were found to do better on tests of human nature. The results come from a study in which people who weren’t trained psychologists were questioned about basic psychological phenomenon.

It wasn’t just the introverts who scored the highest. People who suffered from bouts of sadness also did great. People who scored the highest were also shown to be smarter and more curious individuals.

Mr Anton Gollwitzer,who is one of the reserchers, said:

“It seems to be a case of sadder but wiser.

They don’t view the world through rose-colored glasses as jovial and extroverted people do.”

Gollwitzer further added that the reason introverts did so well could be because introverts spend more time observing their environment than interacting with it. He further added that it is also possible that introverts are better at introspection because they have fewer motivational biases.

What ever the reason it doesn’t diminish this remarkable skill that introverts possess. A skill we all could benefit from.

The following are some of the questions from the study:

  • Do people work harder in groups or as individuals?
  • Do people feel more responsible for their behavior in groups or as individuals?
  • Does catharsis work: If I am angry, will taking out my hostilities on a stuffed doll make me feel better?

Do you know the answer to these questions? Let us know in the comments below.

For more about the study visit: Gollwitzer & Bargh, 2018


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