Not so long ago we told you about the difference between introverts and extroverts. Today for anybody not a secret that the brain of introverts and extroverts brain works differently due to differences in the functioning of the reward system. In simple words — introverts get tired from chatting and excessive activity from the outside, while the extrovert communication is necessary to improve well-being. However, this difference does not end there. A study published in the journal Journal of Research in Personality, revealed that introverts and extroverts feel comfortable in a different geographical setting.
Why the hermits went into the mountains?
In many cultures there is the image of a solitary man who lives alone in the woods or in the mountains and does not communicate with other people. The fact is that the forest and mountains attract certain people — for example, those who share the qualities of a hermit. Most define a hermit as a person who wants to live away from society, or spends a lot of time in solitude. Thus, introversion describes a personality of a hermit most succinctly — that is, introverts like to be in the mountains alone. And one of the main aspects of extraversion is sociability, or the degree to which people are willing to interact with others. Not surprisingly, a number of previous issledovanij showed that extroverts need a sense of belonging — to be close, to live, to cooperate and communicate with other people, as well as the need to attract attention to themselves. In turn, introverts in frequent contact with others and demonstrate their qualities do not need. Researchers have noted that extroverts and introverts tend to be in an environment that can meet their needs.
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Previously, experts suggested the presence of a potential link between personality and geography. In this study, scientists focused on the mountainous terrain (including forests), the oceans and plains. Lakes, deserts and rivers were not considered in the work, because basically, when people talked about the places in which I would like to live, they often mentioned the oceans and the mountains. And really, when it comes to vacation, many dream of a beach holiday and the journey to the mountains. Thus, the paper explored the link between personality and geography, and as a geographical area was selected as mountains and oceans.
Where to go for a vacation if you an extrovert?
The article entitled “Identity and geography: introverts prefer mountains” contains a fascinating graph that connects geographical preferences, and personal data of the subjects surveyed in all 50 States and the district of Columbia (USA). In the course of work, researchers interviewed groups of students to test the link between personality and geography. It was discovered that those who prefer the mountains, are more closed than ocean lovers. Subjects preferred the ocean, not the mountains when it was about communicating with others, but equally preferred to spend time in the mountains and by the ocean when he wanted to be alone with him. The researchers then replicated the differences between introversion and extraversion showing the subjects images of mountains and oceans. Extroverts noted that in order to have fun in the mountains need more work than on the ocean. Inviting the other subjects who were not students, the researchers found that the inhabitants of the mountain States of the United States was more closed than the inhabitants of the plains.
Researchers experimentally tested the relationship between introversion and mountains, sending subjects into plain, open area or a secluded wooded area. The country had not made people more introverted but introverts feel happy in a closed area, not on the plains and open countryside. This curious relationship was observed by scientists in the course of their work. Where are you more comfortable spending time and whether the terrain with your personality type? Share your stories in the comments and with members of our Telegram chat.
The results of the research contribute to the literature about the types of personality and the differences between them. Extroverts and introverts have different needs and require a suitable environment. The researchers note that despite the somewhat vague geographical boundaries, geography still affects different aspects of our lives. Decisions about where to live, are one of the most important decisions in life. The knowledge gained as a result of this and other studies can help in making these decisions. So, extrovert is better to go to the ocean, while introverts are recommended to relax in the mountains in order to feel happy.