Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Guide
STUDY SUGGESTS EXTRAVERSION TO IMPROVE WELL-BEING
Astudy suggests that introverts force themselves to be an extrovert in order to stay happier. For one week, the 123 participants were asked to - in some cases - push the boundaries of their willingness to engage, by acting as extroverts. For another week, the same group was asked to act like introverts.
The benefits of extraversion have been reported before, including those of “forced extraversion,” but usually only for brief intervals. In one study, train-riders were asked to talk to strangers; a control group was directed to remain silent. The talkers reported a more positive experience.
UC Riverside researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky wanted to extend the faux extraversion to see if it would result in better well-being.
“The findings suggest that changing one’s social behaviour is a realisable goal for many people and that behaving in an extraverted way improves wellbeing,” said Lyubomirsky, a UCR psychologist and co-author of the study, published in the ‘Journal of Experimental Psychology: General’.
Psychologists favour “extravert” to the more commonly used “extrovert,” due to its historic use in academia, and the Latin origins of “extra,” meaning “outside.”
An initial challenge for this study was the presumption that extraversion -- as a trait rewarded in U.S. culture -- is best.