A 10 page study proposal that addresses the topic of the effect of personality type of perceived level of happiness, and specifically, the question of whether or not extroverts are happier than introverts. Previous research has unequivocally associated extroversion with self-reported higher levels of happiness, but there has been little research on whether there is variation in regards to this perception within groups of each personality type. This proposed study would address this neglected area of investigation. Bibliography lists 15 sources.
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extroversion with self-reported higher levels of happiness, but there has been little research on whether there is variation in regards to this perception within groups of each personality type. This
proposed study would address this neglected area of investigation. Introduction/Background A stereotypical image of an introvert is an intellectual who is self-absorbed in his or her own projects, such
as science experiments, engineering projects, etc., to the point that their face-to-face social skills are below normal or non-existent. This contrasts with the stereotypical image of an extrovert as someone
who is always smiling, outgoing, with numerous friends and a large social network. It has been well established by previous research that extroversion is associated with increased self-reports of happiness
while introversion has been typically associated with an increased incidence of depression. However, the question remains open as to whether the introverted individual who is living a rich inner life
is necessarily less happy than the self-evaluated extrovert, particularly when the extrovert feels pressured to abide by the social expectations of a particular group. While it is accepted that extroverts,
as a group, are happier than introverts, thus far, there has been little research on variations in the level of happiness within an introverted or extroverted population. Definitions According
to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, an introvert is someone whose personality is "characterized by introversion," that is, a "reserved or shy person," while an extrovert is a person whose personality
is "characterized by extroversion," that is, someone who is "gregarious and unreserved" (Merriam-Webster, 2008). In essence, extroverts have a primary orientation that looks outward, focusing the individuals perception on "people
and objects," while an introverts primarily orientation is on their own individual inner world, as they focus on "concepts and ideas" (Offir, Bezalel and Barth, 2007, p. 7). "Happiness"