Introverts should not mix coffee with meetings of importance

Tuesday, 20 January, 2015

If some recent research is to be believed, then it seems that introverts should not drink coffee, or ingest other stimulants, prior to an important meeting, as it may over stimulate certain regions of their brains. Well, I’ll be.

It’s the idea that introverts and extraverts differ in the level of neocortical arousal in the brain – in other words, how alert or responsive you are to your environment. According to this theory, introverts are over the optimal level – that is, more easily stimulated – and extraverts under the optimal level. It’s more complex than that, but this is a useful model because it allows us to make some predictions. This suggests that performance will be compromised for introverts if they are exposed to stimulating situations, or if they ingest a stimulant (such as caffeine),which pushes them even further away from the optimal level.

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Are extraverts really happier than introverts?

Thursday, 20 March, 2014

Because they tend to do more, it’s in their nature after all, extraverts are generally happier than introverts, because they are engaging in more activities that are deemed rewarding.

“Extraverts, because of their active nature, are more likely to seek and spend more time on rewarding activities,” the researchers said. “When they do so, they also experience a higher boost in momentary happiness as compared to their introverted counterparts. This partly explains the direct relationship between extraversion and momentary happiness.”

An interesting finding. I’d have thought though introverts would be quite happy contemplating the wall of thought that exists between them and the rest of the world, when they’re not engaged in other… rewarding activities.

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Where is an introvert’s natural environment? You’re looking at it

Thursday, 29 August, 2013

When I first came online, w-a-y back in the day, the interweb had a certain quality that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I’m not sure I’d call it an introvert’s “natural environment”, since people of all… versions are a part of the action, but the thought does have that certain sound of something falling into place:

Online might just be the introvert’s natural environment, where conversations can be staged, staggered and stopped at their discretion – all from a distance. Thoughts can be edited to perfection, solitary hobbies and pursuits can be meticulously researched before being shared online, friendships maintained without the obligation to meet face-to-face… plus it’s never been easier to uncover other introverts and forge friendships without the inconvenience of meeting.

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An introverts user manual

Friday, 7 December, 2012

Clearly I am introverted because I relate to the “energy is a limited resource” (energy for engaging in repeated social interactions that is) line, though I can’t say I see extroverts as being “obnoxious predators”, as chatty as they may be.

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Scaling the management ladder needn’t be a worry for introverts

Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

While being introverted is no real problem in itself, those who need to interact with others on a consistent basis, as part of their work for example, may find the going a little difficult. That’s not to say it isn’t possible to scale the management ladder though, in-fact introversion can be an asset:

Stripped to its most basic, Grant’s research concluded that extraverted leaders – who may be big talkers comfortable with sharing opinions and, often, orders – are very good with subordinates who tend to be more passive or comfortable with being told what to do. But in organisations where subordinates are more dynamic or aggressive, extraverted leaders may clash or fail to listen to the input that they should from others. In workplaces with confident, self-starting workers, introverted leaders shine. They listen better, and they’re more receptive to good ideas from their subordinates, Grant found.

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Technology and social media are an introvert’s best friend

Wednesday, 10 August, 2011

Technology, in say the form of voicemail, and social media channels, have combined to make it easier than ever to lead the introverted lifestyle, meaning those who crave solitude can still interact with others without the need to do so directly, or immediately.

But technology, long the domain of the geeky introvert, stepped up to the challenge. A brilliant first volley was the answering machine: ostensibly a device meant to ensure that a call wasn’t missed, it quickly became a tool to ensure that you could miss any call you wanted. Technology has steadily gained ground. What some describe as an always-on society is, in fact, becoming a Golden Age for introverts, in which it has become easier than ever to carve out time for oneself while meeting the needs of our extroverted friends. That’s a key distinction: we live in a time in which introverts can regularly mask their introversion if they so desire.

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Social contact exhausting for both introverts and extroverts

Thursday, 4 November, 2010

Social contact, which often leaves introverted people feeling drained, also appears to take a toll on extroverts, after a study on the impact of sleep deprivation across the two personality types, found extroverts lacked the levels of alertness of similarly sleep deprived introverts.

Interestingly though, sleep deprived extroverts denied social contact during the study were found to be almost as alert as the introverted participants.

While there was little difference in one of the tests, in which volunteers had to push a button as soon as possible in response to a light, introverts fared better in a “maintenance of wakefulness test”, which checks whether sleep-deprived people are able to stay awake over a set period of time. The extroverts in that group did badly in the test, but the extroverts in the second group – those denied social contact – performed markedly better.

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Introverted leaders, less blow, more go, less talk, more action

Tuesday, 8 December, 2009

Managers or leaders who are introverts have a way of reducing the noise to signal ratio and possibly achieve more in the process.

Introverted leaders are energized by spending time alone. They suffer from people exhaustion and need to retreat to recharge their batteries frequently. These regular timeouts actually fuel their thinking, creativity and decision-making and, when the pressure is on, help them be responsive, not reactive. When introverts honor that inner pull, they can do their best work.

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On being introverted and travelling alone

Tuesday, 19 May, 2009

I spent two months travelling alone in Portugal once, and while I initially intend to stay more like two weeks, I was hooked the minute I wandered onto the vibrant rossio in downtown Lisboa on my first evening there.

I only left because I had to meet friends in Cairo. Ah, I miss those jet-setting days.

I’d say I have a preference for travelling alone, or in very small groups, though. Contiki-style travel probably isn’t my thing. As with anything of course, it’s different strokes for different folks:

We introverts have a different style of travel, and I’m tired of hiding it. Oh, I’m always happy enough when interesting people stumble into my path. It’s a lagniappe, and I’m capable of connecting with people when the opportunity arises. And when the chemistry is right, I enjoy it. But I don’t seek people out, I am terrible at striking up conversations with strangers and I am happy exploring a strange city alone. I don’t seek out political discourse with opinionated cab drivers or boozy bonding with locals over beers into the wee hours. By the time the hours get wee, I’m usually in bed in my hotel room, appreciating local color TV.

I’d sometimes be partial to political discourse and boozy bonding with locals though, depending on whose path I’d stumble into… lagniappe, as they say.

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A guide to understanding introverted people

Tuesday, 24 March, 2009

Xen Yasai speaks from personal experience on the subject:

Introverts tend to be thinkers and very aware of themselves, therefore they prefer to think before they speak so they can present their view the best way. That is also why most introverts never join a conversation as people who are mostly extroverted tend to speak non-stop and has some strange phobia towards a few seconds silence in a conversation. So extroverts tend to “fight” to get a word in between each other, making introverts see it as a waste of time. Introvert also dislike being interrupted when they are speaking. As they are thinkers some of what they say is something they have spent some time thinking about, so interrupting them can actually be very rude and hurting.

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