Morgan – Introverts and Extroverts

I chose this issue because I’m personally affected by the general population’s misconceptions on introverts and extroverts. Having extremely introverted habits and behaviors has caused bullying in my life, and enhanced my introverted side. Before I studied this project, I already knew how having introverted or extroverted personalities can affect one’s life. It can determine the type of job you’ll have, who you’ll spend your free time with, your significant other, and the way you think about things or solve problems. Growing up with an introverted personality, I’ve had experience with people not understanding the way I think because it’s entirely cerebral. This has caused me to not only hope to not work with others, but to also look down on others when I’m forced to work with them. This issue affects teenagers because it can vary how well you do in class, who you’re friends with, how deep of conversations you’re capable of, and how you approach people you don’t know. Teenagers can be extremely affected by society when it comes to being an introvert or extrovert. When you’re teenager, you’re very susceptible to the opinions of others, and many people openly judge one another. These opinions of others can lead to bullying, depression, and can even cause an increase in introverted behaviors.

Through this issue, I’ve learned that it’s not just the personalities between introverts and extroverts that make them different from each other, but it’s also that introverted brains react differently to dopamine. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that provides motivation to achieve external rewards. There is no difference between the amount of dopamine in the separate brains, it’s just the difference between the activity. There is more activity in the brain of an extrovert than in the brain of an introvert. My opinion on this topic will always stay the same, however in can be enhanced. I’ve always believed that these labels do not lessen a person, it’s just that humans need to label it so that they can better understand it. The only thing that was surprising to me about this topic was the fact that the brains between introverts and extroverts work differently when it involves dopamine. There are some huge misconceptions about introverts and extroverts that pushed me to study this topic for my Health Buzz. One of the main ones is that introverts are always depressed or sad and don’t have any friends. This isn’t true at all. Introverts just see a different way to spend free time than extroverts, and don’t like having a large group of friends. I, for instance, would rather be at home with a good book and tea than going to a concert with my friends. Plus, just because someone’s sad or depressed doesn’t mean they’re an introvert, it just means that they have problems in their lives that are making them sad. Another misunderstanding on the topic is that everyone belongs either to one or the other. This is not true at all. Just because I’m shy at first glance doesn’t mean that when I know you well enough I won’t be bouncing off the walls. I do have an abundance of introverted attributes, but I also have extroverted attributes as well. Everyone does. No one just belongs to one category. One solution to these misconceptions is that humans can be more open minded about the subject. If someone has introverted or extroverted attributes, that doesn’t define them as a person.

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