“Introvert” and “extrovert” aren’t just trendy buzzwords we use to describe ourselves on social media. They’re widely researched psychological terms in the scientific community.

Psychology professor Don Ryujin of Cal Poly says, “Introversion and extroversion are definitely traits, and [they’re] probably universal.”

While there are several theories relating to introversion and extroversion, one of the most widely known is “The Big Five.”

Currently, Ryujin’s personality psychology class is studying the “Big Five.”

It relies on a test of 57 questions to determine personality traits, which point either towards introversion or extraversion.

Such questions include:

  • Do you often long for excitement?
  • Do you like going out a lot?
  • Do you often feel “just miserable” for no good reason?

Professor Ryujin explains, “The five traits are extraversion, agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness and neuroticism.”

A lack of the “extroversion” trait indicates that one is introverted.

Whether the test can be 100% reliable, we can’t know. But it is an interesting way to somewhat scientifically determine if you’re an introvert or an extrovert.


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