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Everyone Might Secretly Be An Introvert

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The common belief is that introverts need rest after social interaction. It's exhausting for them, so they have to recharge alone. Right? Maybe not, according to a new study that suggests that everyone needs to recharge after extensive socialising.

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Helsinki tracked 48 students at Finnish universities. Each one reported on their behaviour and feelings five times a day for 12 days through a phone survey. And after the 12-day period, they each took a personality test.

The test measured openness, neuroticism, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and extroversion.

Despite some people showing more extroverted behavioural traits β€” like being happier and less tired while socialising β€” they were tired three hours later, just like the introverts. Researchers say this proves that regardless of someone's personality, they need some time to recharge after socialising, studying, or working.

β€œFor those who do feel depleted after social interaction...it may be pleasant to learn that such a reaction is quite normal (and does not imply that one is an introvert or that one is lazy),” the study reads.

This is a small study, but it highlights the difficulty of personality studies, particularly since people often act out of character. Basically, it's almost impossible to find someone who acts 100% like an introvert or extrovert all the time. This study is further proof that maybe we're all a bit of an introvert sometimes.
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