Of course, not all cultures believe that extraversion is the most highly valued trait of all.
Indeed, being extraverted can get you in trouble if you’re traveling in a country or culture that regards such outwardly-focused behavior as brash and impolite.
Even putting exclamation points in your email to people from such backgrounds can make you look rudely uninhibited.
Therefore, when introverts compare themselves to extraverts, the result may be highly culture-bound.
To measure cultural attitudes toward introversion-extraversion, participants also rated the extent to which they felt these qualities were socially desirable.
Furthermore, because extraverts feel more authentic than do introverts, they provide themselves with a natural route to greater well-being.
To sum up, the Australian study’s findings provide new insights into the ways that introverts can be happier with their “square peg” status. »