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Both introversion and extroversion and somehow linked to our DNA.

Retno Wulandari   06 June 2016 14:45 - As the antithesis of the bubbly extroverts, introverts are often branded “antisocial” or “boring.” What people don’t realize is, being an introvert or an extrovert isn’t necessarily a behavioral choice.

As featured on Bored Panda, researchers found that an introvert’s brain processes information in an entirely different way to their social and outgoing counterparts. That allegedly means both introversion and extroversion and somehow linked to our DNA. While extroverts’ brains process stimuli rather fast, the process of handling information is longer for introverts, makes them process information and events rather slowly.

These hilarious illustrations will show you what happen inside an introvert’s brain. You’ll never think about them in the same way again:

1. Introverts need more time to process stimuli

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Marti Olsen Laney via her The Introvert Advantage suggests that introverts have a longer neural pathway for processing stimuli. Inside their brains, information enters and runs through a serpentine, complicated pathway that is associated with long-term memory and planning. The process is, in fact, more complicated than the extroverts’. As they process the information, introverts are tending to their thoughts and feelings at the same time. It’s not a surprise when they often get caught spaced-out.


2. Introverts are more easily over-stimulated.

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Psychologist Hans Eysenck’s studies suggest that introverts require less stimulation from the world in order to be awake and alert than extroverts do. This means introverts are more easily over-stimulated.


3. Introverts would rather read a book at home than go out partying

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Introverts need less of it to feel happy due to their sensitivity to dopamine. Extroverts’ brains run on an energy-spending nervous system, whereas introverts’ brains run on an energy-conserving nervous system. This is why introverts feel content and energized when reading a book, thinking deeply, or diving into their rich inner world of ideas.


4. Introverts don’t like surprise or risk too much

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Dopamine neurotransmitters are responsible for the activation of brain’s reward and pleasure system. The brains of introverts aren’t as strongly rewarded for gambling or taking risks as extroverts’ brains are. Scientific study suggests that extroverts’ brains responded with more pleasure to positive gambling results. It can be said that introverts feel less excited about surprises or risks.


5. Introverts interact with people just the same way as they interact with the surroundings

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The brain of an introvert treats interaction with other people as intense as it treats encounters with inanimate objects. Introverts process everything in their surroundings and pay attention to all the sensory details in the environment, not just the people.


6. Introverts take a long time to decide

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When thinking, introverts are reaching back into the long-term memory to locate information. They will compare old and new experiences when making a decision, which slows the processing down but leads to carefully thought-out decisions. In the other words, introverts have an active dialogue with themselves and usually, walk around with many thoughts in their minds.



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