Extraversion is one of the Big Five personality traits and it indicates how much a person enjoys social interaction and how outgoing they are.

A person who scores high on the extraversion scale tends to seek stimulation for the outside/external world, meaning they are outgoing, sociable, energetic and enthusiastic. On the opposite end of the scale, individuals who score low on extraversion (introverts) seek stimulation from their internal world, meaning they appear quiet, l0w-key and deliberate.

Extraversion is measured on the facets of: friendliness, gregariousness, assertiveness, activity level, excitement-seeking and cheerfulness.

Extrovert Careers

As extroverts are social, energetic and outgoing, they tend to work well in team-oriented workplaces often excelling in positions that involve interaction with others. This can include management positions, sales roles, a career in human resources or a career in teaching.

Extroverts may struggle in careers that require little social interaction and a lot of solo work, such as a scientist or a truck driver. However, introverts, who sit at the opposite end of the scale, will thrive in these careers!


Spelling Note – Extravert or Extrovert?

Both “extravert” and “extrovert” are correct spellings. The original term used the “a” but then the spelling evolved over time to favor use of the “o” instead. Today the “o” spelling is the most common in the U.S., however most publications in the field of psychology still favor the original “a” spelling.

Source: Scientific American

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