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Description: Listen to this piece from the CBC radio program “The Current” that provides general account of how Personality types and theories actually map onto us and the world around us.

Source: CBC Radio – The Current

Date: December 23, 2014

personality-featurePhoto from the CBC The Current website

Introverts and Extroverts: Determinants of Your Personality Type

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How does our personality impact our day-to-day lives? Brian Little, a Canadian Psychologist has spent his research career examining this question. In this interview he talks about his book Me, Myself and Us – The Science of Personality and the Art of Well Being and abopu8t some of the ways in which personality does and does not impact our day-to-day lives. He speaks about the book “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain (see link to her TED talk below) which addresses the historical bias for Extroverts and extroverted behaviour and against Introverts and introverted behaviour. Dr. Little’s summarizes the current state of personality science and points out the cutting edges of research into personality.

Questions for Discussion:

  1. What sorts of situations or problems or tasks would be better managed by Introverts than by Extroverts?
  2. What is Self-monitoring? When would it be better to be a high as opposed to a low self-monitored?
  3. What are some of the ways that we can be flexible or use “degrees of freedom” in deciding how to behave socially?

References (Read Further):

Susan Cain’s TED Talk (February, 2012)

Take Brian Little’s Personality Quiz:

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