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The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by Nobody: 11:43am On Apr 22, 2016
With all this talk about introversion and extroversion these days, you might already know which one you identify with. But the way our brains are wired — and our brain chemistry — can help us understand what’s really going on in the minds of introverts and extroverts that make them who they are.


The brains of introverts and extroverts aren’t really that different when it comes to the big picture. Introverts aren't “smarter” than extroverts, and vice versa. But research completed over several decades has shown that the brains of introverts and extroverts are activated differently depending on their circumstances, and it has a lot to do with dopamine, a neurotransmitter that controls the brain's reward and pleasure systems.


Introvert Vs Extrovert
Common knowledge dictates that introverts are quieter and tend to feel more energized from spending time alone, while extroverts are louder and gain reinforcement and energy from being with others. Extroverts often exhibit qualities of charm, charisma, and persuasion, while introverts tend to be creative and prefer to work alone.
But it’s not always black and white: we all exist on a spectrum between introversion and extroversion, manifesting qualities of each depending on the circumstance. If you’ve partied your extroverted self out for the weekend, you might want to spend Monday night completely alone in your pajamas reading a book or watching Netflix. If you find that your co-workers are distracting even though you enjoy being social, you might find it nice to take up some introverted qualities like brainstorming alone. And being an introvert doesn’t mean being a hermit: introverts can often be charming social butterflies in their own quiet way.


The Science Behind It
In the 1960s, a psychologist named Hans Eysenck theorized that extroverts had a lower level of something called “arousal.” Eysenck believed that extroverts required more stimulation from the world in order to feel alert and awake, while introverts were easily over-stimulated. This helped to explain extroverts’ sense of risk-taking, challenges, and constant social company to keep them stimulated, while introverts often had to seek out alone time in order to lower their over-stimulation — thriving best at home, in library corners, or in peaceful parks.

This notion paved the way for scientists to delve a little deeper into our minds to help understand what defined these two different personalities. In 2005, researchers concluded in a study that it all might be linked to dopamine — the reward system in the brains of extroverts responded differently than those of introverts. In the study, researchers used a brain scanner to examine responses from participants who were doing a gambling task. They found that when gambling brought positive results, the extroverts exhibited a stronger response in two regions of the brain: the amygdala and the nucleus accumbens, showing that they processed surprise and reward differently than introverts. If extroverts responded more strongly to gambling paying off, they probably would respond more strongly to adventures, social challenges, or taking risks.

A 2012 study completed by Randy Buckner of Harvard University discovered that introverts tended to have larger, thicker gray matter in their prefrontal cortex — a region of the brain that is linked to abstract thought and decision-making — while extroverts had less gray matter. Buckner concluded that this might be accountable for introverts’ tendencies to sit in a corner and ponder things thoroughly before making a decision, and extroverts’ ability to live in the moment and take risks without fully thinking everything through (which has its cons and benefits, of course).
Your brain is the most complex part of your body — and far more research needs to be done to understand what causes, and defines, personality. But perhaps instead of trying to draw a line between the two, maybe it’s best to be somewhere in the middle, taking part in the best of both worlds. As Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi explained, his most artistic patients often drifted between introversion and extroversion: “[They’re] usually one or the other,” he
wrote , “either preferring to be in the thick of crowds or sitting on the sidelines and observing the passing show.”

Source:www.medicaldaily.com/brain-introvert-compared-extrovert-are-they-really-different-299064

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Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by ernesty20(m): 11:44am On Apr 22, 2016
Where them intoverts? Hit like

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Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by Proffdada: 12:02pm On Apr 22, 2016
I'm introvertly an extrovert

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Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by possibilita(m): 12:06pm On Apr 22, 2016
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Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by Nobody: 2:58pm On Apr 22, 2016
Proffdada:
I'm introvertly an extrovert
Then you are an Ambivert

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Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by Nobody: 3:25pm On Apr 22, 2016
INTROVERT....... Its just cool being one

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Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by Nobody: 3:26pm On Apr 22, 2016
BimiOne:
Then you are an Ambivert
waoh..... Never heard of that before sha
Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by allytinted: 5:50pm On Apr 22, 2016
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Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by destino24(m): 6:57pm On Apr 22, 2016
Nobody can truely be completely introvert or extrovert. Any such person would be a lunatic. Everyone has a bit of both, the difference is the range, proportion and ratio.

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Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by tspun(m): 7:28pm On Apr 22, 2016
I'm an introvert by choice, spending a lot of time on my own and loving my solitude is what gives me joy.

Surprisingly, I think if you're known on nairaland, you're probably an introvert or you are totally jobless.

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Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by bouqui87(m): 7:29pm On Apr 22, 2016
destino24:
Nobody can truely be completely introvert or extrovert. Any such person would be a lunatic. Everyone has a bit of both, the difference is the range, proportion and ratio.
Its possible, I'm ambivert.... and I'm not a lunatic, I'm a sane being

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Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by TrollTrap: 7:56pm On Apr 22, 2016
Seun is an introvert
Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by destino24(m): 8:14pm On Apr 22, 2016
bouqui87:

Its possible, I'm ambivert.... and I'm not a lunatic, I'm a sane being

You didn't understand what I said. I said nobody can be a full extrovert or a full introvert. An ambivert has both traits equally.

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Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by Krystalluv(f): 8:22pm On Apr 22, 2016
I'm am ambivert.. I think
Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by XtraSmooth404: 8:24pm On Apr 22, 2016
Let's do it this way...

Hit Like for introverts and hit share for extroverts

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Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by Cameleon72(f): 8:24pm On Apr 22, 2016
So my being Introvert is from my brain... Noted!!!
Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by mytime24(f): 8:52pm On Apr 22, 2016
Hmm


So mrcork which1 u b angry

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Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by afanide: 9:04pm On Apr 22, 2016
hope u're aware that someone on this forum bears the name 'Introvert' and 'Extrovert'?
Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by MrCork: 9:06pm On Apr 22, 2016
mytime24:
Hmm


So mrcork which1 u b angry


...am a lover not a fighter so am not gonnno diss u coz u from ghana...do u were G string, tongue or swimmmin pant? smiley
Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by Qualer: 9:16pm On Apr 22, 2016
mytime24:
Hmm


So mrcork which1 u b angry

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Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by mytime24(f): 9:23pm On Apr 22, 2016
MrCork:



...am a lover not a fighter so am not gonnno diss u coz u from ghana...do u were G string, tongue or swimmmin pant? smiley
na who fightin epp cheesy

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Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by babyfaceafrica: 10:29pm On Apr 22, 2016
destino24:
Nobody can truely be completely introvert or extrovert. Any such person would be a lunatic. Everyone has a bit of both, the difference is the range, proportion and ratio.
well maybe so..but I know people who are 90 percent introvert and extrovert,the 10 percent does nt count!!!!
Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by blessedvisky(m): 11:09pm On Apr 22, 2016
Space booked
Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by tdayof(m): 11:27pm On Apr 22, 2016
In as much as I believe in science,

Nonsense still remains nonsense, even when proven by a well known scientist.

I still doubt a lot of this scientific stuff.
Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by destino24(m): 11:44pm On Apr 22, 2016
babyfaceafrica:
well maybe so..but I know people who are 90 percent introvert and extrovert,the 10 percent does nt count!!!!

10 percent does count. Besides, how can you be so sure it's 10%?
Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by Marv650(m): 1:22am On Apr 23, 2016
I really don't consider myself an introvert neither do i fall in the rank of extro, why? (1) when in class i talk more , relate more with students etc (2) it then all end after the class , i neither visit anyone nor call anyone, people call me saddist but i'm just myself. So seeing me in those two different color you just can't fix me perfectly in one group.
Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by Marv650(m): 1:24am On Apr 23, 2016
tdayof:
In as much as I believe in science,

Nonsense still remains nonsense, even when proven by a well known scientist.

I still doubt a lot of this scientific stuff.
i share same feeling bro , but sometimes i still need to accept some.
Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by Nobody: 1:36am On Apr 23, 2016
tdayof:

Nonsense still remains nonsense, even when proven by a well known scientist.
Lol. The most ignorant are the loudest.

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Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by Vince77(m): 6:26am On Apr 23, 2016
Used to be very introvert, like 90%. But today its not like that anymore. Its like 70% and thats because dis Nigerian society doesnt accommodate introverts. Most people see them as dummy which is very wrong. Its just ignorance.

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Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by babyfaceafrica: 7:27am On Apr 23, 2016
destino24:


10 percent does count. Besides, how can you be so sure it's 10%?
how can you be sure it isn't ?...I meant extreme introvertism and extreme extrovertism..I get dem many
Re: The Brain Of An Introvert Compared To That Of An Extrovert by destino24(m): 8:20am On Apr 23, 2016
babyfaceafrica:
how can you be sure it isn't ?...I meant extreme introvertism and extreme extrovertism..I get dem many

No matter how extreme, it just can't be 100%

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