Introverts are More Immune Than Extroverts to the Hunt for Happiness (Psychology Today)

Psychology Today claims that introverts do not look for “big hits of positive emotional arousal” because they’d rather contemplate the meaning of things than seek bliss. This makes them “relatively immune to the search for happiness that permeates contemporary American culture,” Laura Helgoe writes in the magazine.

In a study by a Boston College psychologist, introverts, unlike extraverts, chose not to invoke “happy,” “up” or “enthusiastic” feelings when doing a task. Instead they preferred to maintain a neutral emotional state. “With a biological makeup that enables them to see positive emotional stimuli as a distraction when they are focused on another task, introverts are good at resisting all distraction,” Helgoe argues.

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