In one line or two, let me do justice and shed more light on what you’ve already known about Introvert and Extrovert; Being Introvert and Extrovert are characteristics that define a man, and eventually become their personalities. One is self-contained and the other is outgoing.
However regardless of where you fall in the two unique characteristics above, it is a blessing for you, and more importantly, be aware that you can switch from being an introvert to extrovert and vice-versa if you want.
So let’s have an insight into the medical life of these ones.
Who is healthier- Introvert or Extrovert?
You see good health can be traced to one’s characteristics (what you do and how you do them). A 1997 study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology affirmed this.
I consider the 1997 study because it was the first to examine the long-term effects personality has on health, where researchers followed 3-year-old children born in New Zealand in 1972-3 through their 21st birthday. At 3, researchers observed children’s temperaments; at 18, they administered a personality questionnaire; and at 21, they identified risky behaviours, such as alcohol abuse, unsafe sex, violent crime and few other social related problems. These are behaviours that lead to disease.
Let’s examine now how each character affects their health:
As stated earlier, Introvert is self-contained….so Introverts tend to be more aggressive because they are anti-social, they bottle up a whole lot of bad energies and black emotions they could have shared. They tend to live a life of depression more than the extrovert, taking repose in alcohols as a companion they lack which do harm to their health.
Emotions in dreams in dreams can be much stronger than emotions people, and if introverts are having more aggressive dreams, they may be keeping their feelings bottled up which can never be a good thing to do.
Isn’t it interesting to know that personality influences one’s eating habit? Because of their outgoing and high level of social interaction, extroverts eat more than the introverts, and this often leads to obesity if done always. A team of researchers at the Cornell Food and Brand Lab buttressed this claim, they went on serving elementary school children breakfast in a bowl, and later gave the children chance to treat themselves to buffet service.
When serving themselves, extroverted children (according to the attending teachers and counsellors) served themselves 33 percent more breakfast in the large bowl compared to their introverted classmates. This is justified to some extent to conclude that as Introverts are the most likely ones to suffer more depression and aggression, so can be said of extroverts and obesity that comes with the risks of some cancers, cardiovascular disease and few others.
What about stable mental health? Introverts are prone to depression as confirmed in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. Since they spend more time with themselves and would rather be isolated, they have a lot going on in them which can cause them to be aggressive and depressed as a result of reduced psychological well-being they experience almost every day, extroverts are prone to be happier no matter the cultural setting because of their characteristics.
Now let’s have a say on their Overall well-being:
Extroverts have an enviable advantage to have a better immune system than the introverts, researchers from the University of Nottingham tested 121 healthy adults to determine the five basic aspects of personality, including openness, agreeableness and neuroticism. Then, they used microarray technology to examine the connection of reported traits and performance of white blood cells; which play a vital role in protecting the body against infectious disease. The results showed that extroverts have better white cells (immune system) than the introverts which at least, give them edge medically.
REMEMBER: There is no right or wrong personality type, your introversion and extroversion is a gift. Only ensure to leverage your uniqueness.