Introvert or Extrovert? It's Complicated
It seems people are always looking for explanations for why they are who they are. Always with a group of friends? You're an extrovert. Prefer to spend a quiet night at home? You're an introvert.
Glimpses of what will become our temperament can be seen when we are infants. According to psychologist, Rebecca Shiner, co-author of the Handbook of Temperament, temperamental traits in young children become personality traits as we get older.
But there are many aspects of positive emotionality—the tendency to experience positive emotions, engage in social situations, be high-energy, etc.—and negative emotionality—anxiety, irritability, insecurity, vulnerability, etc.—and these traits exist in varying degrees and independent of each other to make up personality. Personality is also influenced by our experiences and by the goals we set for ourselves.
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