Introversion, Extroversion & the Highly Sensitive Person: How the definitions are blurred.

Clarifying:
Introversion, Extroversion & the HSP

There is so much being written these days on the vast subject of introversion and extroversion with just as many varied definitions of the terms.   In my Myers Briggs/HSP Overlay online classes I am quick to point out it is necessary to think about five different personality temperaments:
1)  the Introvert
2)  the HSP introvert
3)  the Extrovert
4)  the HSP Extrovert
5)  the fairly new term-the Ambivert

The sensitive Extrovert

As a sensitive extrovert, one of 420 million in the world, I grew tired of being lumped into the generalized definition of extroversion, without any reference to the 1.4 billion highly sensitive people in the world – 30% of whom are extroverts.
Thus,I  conducted my own interviews with 37 self-identified sensitive extroverts between the ages of 30 and 70.
You will find my findings here, published as a   guest blog on  Dr.Elaine Aron’s website:
https://hsperson.com/introversion-extroversion-and-the-highly-sensitive-person/

I’ve chosen to share this particular publication of the article because of the 105 comments
from sensitive extroverts who were grateful for the information which helped them clarify their own misunderstandings about what being a sensitive extrovert meant to them .

According to the documentary, Sensitive: The Untold Story, there are 1.4 billion highly sensitive people in the world, or 15-20% of the total population.  We also know that 30% of the HSP population are sensitive extroverts, or roughly 420 million sensitive extroverts around the world.  * D.O.E.S. acronym comes from Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person by Dr. Elaine Aron and published in 2010.

E- Extroversion, I- Introversion

Total

Males

Females

E ~49.3%     I ~ 50.7%

E ~45.9%     I ~ 54.1%

E ~ 52.5%     I ~ 47.5%

Source:  Consulting Psychological Press   1998 National Representative Sample

Myers, I. B., McCaulley, M. H., Quenk, N. L., & Hammer, A. L. (1998). MBTI Manual: A guide to the development and use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (3rd ed.). Palo Alto, CA: Consulting Psychologists Press.

Myers, I. B., McCaulley, M. H., Quenk, N. L., & Hammer, A. L. (1998). MBTI Manual: A guide to the development and use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (3rd ed.). Palo Alto, CA: Consulting Psychologists Press.

HSP Introvert ?  HSP Extrovert?  OR Non-HSP introvert? Non-HSP extrovert?
There IS a difference.

 

 

 

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