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Researchers Debate Importance of Introverts Acting like Extroverts


Several courses I teach include discussion regarding the importance of understanding personality preferences.  Students often take personality tests to determine their “type”.  Part of their type includes whether they are introverts or extraverts (Myers Briggs spells extravert with an “a” instead of an “o”).  In my training to become a qualified Myers Briggs MBTI trainer, I learned that people have preferences for how they like to receive and process information.  We were told it was similar to how people prefer to write with their right or left hand.  That is why I found the recent Wall Street Journal article titled How an Introvert Can Be Happier:  Act Like an Extrovert to be so interesting.  The title contradicts some of what I learned in my training.

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How to Ace the Job Interview by Understanding Introverts and Extroverts

For those of you who have taken a Myers-Briggs MBTI personality assessment, you may already know if you are an introvert or extrovert.  It gets confusing to some as many say extrovert.  Myers-Briggs uses the term extravert.  What is important is that you understand the differences between how introverts and extroverts/extraverts prefer to process information.  Why is this important to acing the job inteview?  Watch the video below for more answers.

Introverts and Extroverts: Which Type Prefers Social Networking?

I recently had a discussion in one of the courses I teach about whether introverts or extroverts were more likely to be on the social web.  Some students made a good argument for why there may be more introverts on social networking sites.  Introverts tend to like to take their time to think about what they want to say before they say it.  Therefore, the online environment is a good place for them to be able to type what they want to say at their own speed.  Other students made a good argument for why there may be more extroverts on social sites.  Extroverts like a lot of discussion and interaction with others and therefore it makes sense that they’d be out there conversing, even if it was in written form.

I did a little research and found an interesting study by Maggie Morrison and Sally McMillan from the University of Tennessee. A total of 351 persons participated in this study examining the behavior and characteristics of consumers in user generated content.  Their findings indicated that most respondents read or lurk more often than they post.  They also found that men were likely to score high on the posting factor and women were more likely to score high on use of social networking sites.

As far as the whether there were more introverts or extroverts, the authors found that participants who are more likely to lurk and post at social networking sites are also more likely to score high on the extraversion scale.

Check out a blog by abisignorelli.com where the author speculated that there were more introverts by clicking here.  The author put together a quick one question survey to gather some data.  Click here for that survey. At the time of this writing, the results from that survey indicated 57% were introverts and 43% were extroverts.

Blog.thick.com tended to agree that more introverts were on the web. In that article, the author states that the internet has helped the introvert come out of their shell.  To see the article, click here.

Twitterwatchdog.com also agrees that there are more introverts socializing on the Internet, stating that Twitter is a safe haven for shy people and introverts.  Check out their blog by clicking here.

Mashable.com noted in one of their articles that Guy Kawasaki, the 15th most influential Twitter user and one of the most recognizable names in social media, is a self-professed introvert.  Click here to go to the Mashable site to answer their survey to answer whether you are an introvert or an extrovert.

So what do you think?  Are there more introverts or extroverts out there social networking?  The University of Tennessee study showed more extroverts and the informal surveys showed more introverts.   In our book, The Young Adult’s Guide to Understanding Personalities, Toni Rothpletz and I write about the differences between introverts and extroverts.  We are both extroverts and find the differences between the two groups fascinating.  If you are interested in learning more about Myers-Briggs’ and their definition of the difference between introverts and extroverts, click here.

In our book we list several examples of each type of Myers-Briggs personality type.

Here is a list of some famous extroverts that we write about in our book:

  • Tom Hanks
  • David Spade
  • Oprah
  • President Obama
  • Johnny Depp
  • Michael Jordan
  • Matthew McConaughey
  • Ben Affleck
  • Robin Williams
  • Robert Downing Jr.
  • Sandra Bullock

Here is a list of some famous introverts:

  • Tiger Woods
  • Albert Einstein
  • Sir Isaac Newton
  • Meryl Streep
  • Julia Roberts
  • John F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • William Shakespeare
  • Michael Jackson
  • Marilyn Monroe

If you are interested in seeing more . . .you can check out the lists of celebrity examples in our book which will be published soon.  I will keep you updated.

Keirsey’s Results Show Wealthy Extroverts Are Happiest Americans

In Dr. Grupta’s blog, he wrote about: Who are the happiest Americans? According to a new study, they may be extroverted, earning more than $75,000 a year, healthy, and engaged. The analysis was conducted by Keirsey Research, an organization that looks at how personality relates to a person’s preferences in  consumer choices, political opinion, and a variety of other factors. Click here for the rest of Grupta’s article.

In our book about personalities, my daughter, Toni Rothpletz, and I discuss Keirsey’s temperament research.  If you are interested in reading more about the results of Keirsey’s study that showed “Wealthy Extroverts are the Happiest Americans” click here.  Some highlights from the results of this study showed:

  • Personality. 63 percent of Americans rate themselves as very or somewhat happy. Extroverts (74 percent), however, are much happier than introverts (56 percent).
  • Wealth. In general, the higher the household income, the happier the individual. 72 percent of those with an annual household income of $75,000 or more are very or somewhat happy, compared to 59 percent of those with an annual household income of $50,000 or less.
  • Love. Not surprisingly, being engaged promotes above average happiness (71 percent very or somewhat happy). Those who are separated but not divorced are least happy when it comes to love (48 percent).
  • Age. Americans get progressively happier as they get older, with one exception. Happiness takes a dip between the ages of 35-44 (58 percent are very or somewhat happy), when parental and career pressures are typically at their peak.
  • Family. “Empty nesters” are most happy (73 percent very or somewhat happy), while those who are divorced and sharing custody are least happy (56 percent). Individuals who do not have children cite average happiness (62 percent).
  • Education. In most cases, more education means more happiness. There was no difference, however, between the happiness of those with a bachelor’s degree and those with a graduate degree (68 percent very or somewhat happy).
  • Politics. Democrats and Republicans are equally happy (roughly 70 percent very or somewhat happy), while Green Party affiliates are the least happy (52 percent).
TTL 690 | Asking Powerful Questions

Asking Powerful Questions With David Clutterbuck And Emotional Intelligence For Resilience With Suzi Stich

Developing curiosity and asking questions are powerful, especially in changing times or in a crisis. Today, Dr. Diane Hamilton interviews David Clutterbuck, a prolific author and renowned expert in the area of coaching and mentoring. The Co-founder of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council, he is a master of asking the hard questions. He discusses the four reasons why people ask questions and shares how healthy communication in the work environment can bring about productivity. David also shares his knowledge of how curiosity using technology and your emotional intelligence can help develop empathy and help discover true life passions. 

Also in this episode is Suzi Stich, a Public Speaker, Trainer, and Human Resource Professional who has developed the twelve-step process for resilience. Her background and experiences allowed her to create new approaches to dealing with complex people issues that require resilience, emotional intelligence, and greater problem-solving skills. Her aim is to teach the younger generation and business professionals to help them differentiate emotional education from emotional intelligence. Suzi hopes to educate others to help them deal with their situations in a more positive outlook.
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TTL 683 | Discovering Your Genius

Becoming Wiser After 50 With Wendy Mayhew And Discovering Your Genius With John Hittler

Discovering and honing your capabilities to succeed in business comes at any age. In this episode, Dr. Diane Hamilton talks to Wendy Mayhew who is the author of WISER: The Definitive Guide To Starting A Business After The Age Of 50, and the co-author of Building Your Dream. Wendy talks about her advocacy in proving society wrong that older people cannot get financing because they are not innovative. She also shares some bits and pieces from her book, WISER, where she interviews different people about their business ventures at the age of 50 and above.

Searching for your superpower – the one that makes you one in a billion? Discovering your genius and exercising curiosity are some of the key takeaways John Hittler teaches. John is a transformational business coach, the Co-founder of Evoking Genius, a TEDx speaker, and the author of One In A Billion: Finding Your Genius Talent and The Motivation Trap. In this episode, he joins Dr. Diane Hamilton to share his story about applying to be a TEDx speaker, making the cut, and proving his worth to be on that stage. He also talks about his book called One In A Billion, and how you can find your own version of genius.
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TTL 674 | Be The Best Salesperson

What It Takes To Be The Best Salesperson With Cindy Mcgovern And Storytelling Through The Eyes Of A Comedian With LD Morrow

In life, people are involved in sales one way or another, whether they know it or not. This is a part of everyday living that can’t be avoided. Author of The Wall Street Journal bestseller Every Job Is a Sales Job: How to Use The Art of Selling To Win At Work, and CEO of Orange Leaf Consulting, Dr. Cindy McGovern, talks about the characteristics you need to build in order to be a great salesperson. Having assisted multiple companies with their growth, she explains how sales is integrated in our daily lives and how it can be used to your advantage. Being an expert in the field, Cindy emphasizes the importance of building your personal brand, no matter what industry you’re in.
Also, joining Dr. Diane Hamilton is the author of Think Like a Bartender: Recipes for Life, comedian, and storyteller, LD Morrow. Being amazing in storytelling, LD shares her secrets and inspirations not only in her comedy career, but in life in general. She talks about the key to being a good storyteller and how storytelling is tied in to both her day job and side hustle. Listen to LD as she explains how effective communication can be a game changing skill that you might want to pick up or improve as soon as possible.

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TTL 634 | Apprenticeship And Mentoring

Getting Leverage In Business Through Apprenticeship And Mentoring With Moe Abbas and Applying Emotional Intelligence With Justin Bariso

A lot of people are having struggles with applying for apprenticeship because companies nowadays tend to hire people with experience in their field. In this episode, Dr. Diane Hamilton talks with Moe Abbas, the CEO of Acadium about this dilemma and how Moe’s company is addressing it with their digital apprenticeship programs and certifications. He also discusses the tools that they’re using to help accelerate human potential and the mentorship they provide for people who need it.

Many people get the wrong idea about what emotional intelligence is about in a work environment. They think that empathy and mutual agreement are all that is needed when it comes to EQ, but that is not the case. In this episode, Dr. Diane Hamilton is joined by Justin Bariso, an author and speaker who helps organizations and individuals develop their emotional intelligence. Justin’s new book, EQ Applied, illustrates how emotional intelligence works in the real world. Diving more into the subject, Justin unveils the three questions you need to ask yourself before talking in order to get positive results and shares some tips you can use to develop your EQ.

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TTL 615 | Women On Boards

Women On Boards With Jill Griffin

Being a part of the Board of Directors can either bring a lot of frustration or be one of the greatest pleasures in life. In this episode, Diane Hamilton talks with Luby’s Fuddruckers’ Independent Board Director, Jill Griffin, about the work and life of being a Board of Directors. A champion of women and men who want to win, she passionate about helping them rise as leaders into senior management and onto corporate boards. Today, Jill talks about women on boards and shares what led to her interest in this direction, as well as the challenges and what it really takes to get a seat on the Board of Directors.
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TTL 597 | Modern Day Recruitment

Modern Day Recruitment with Ira S. Wolfe

Recruitment may not seem to be an ever-changing process, but in today’s working generation, some aspects have to change. Ira Wolfe is a TEDx Speaker and the President of Success Performance Solutions, a company that provides hiring solutions, employee assessments, as well as hiring and recruitment consulting. In this episode, he talks about his book called Recruiting in the Age of Googlizaton and walks us through how his company works and who they help. As he explains how he came up with his book, Ira moves on to enlighten us about Googlization as well as his TED Talk and DisruptHR experiences. Learn more about modern day recruitment in this exciting discussion. Continue reading “Modern Day Recruitment with Ira S. Wolfe”