introverts versus extroverts

Today’s Ask Yahoo question asked what the ratio was between introverts and extroverts, and they answer was 60% to 75% of the world population are extroverts. They did point out that 60% of gifted children are on the introvert team.

I wouldn’t have guessed there were that many extroverts.

What are you? (You can take a test to find out.)


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  1. Wow! Those figures imply that the incidence of being gifted in an introvert is 2.8 times as likely as it is in an extrovert. That is a huge disparity! So then why do we vote for extroverts for office?

    Comment by Stephen the Hermit on September 10, 2004 @ 12:27 pm
  2. Stephen, that is a good question. Perhaps if we want charisma of extroverts we need to seek out that small percentage that are also gifted.

    Dan, I came out ENFJ, which translates as a Teacher Idealist. Boy howdy, everything that was stated was right on target. A slight extrovert that is mostly concerned with the personal growth and well being of mankind, yet comfortable in isolated activities.

    Oops, got a little excited there: more information than you wanted!

    Comment by Babs on September 11, 2004 @ 4:43 pm
  3. I am the Protector (iSfJ)and most definitely introverted.

    Comment by Renee on September 12, 2004 @ 12:54 pm
  4. Scored as an extrovert. No surprise in that.

    Comment by Mel on September 13, 2004 @ 9:51 am
  5. I took this test a long time ago and came out as a teacher-idealist as well (ENFJ).

    Comment by danithew on September 13, 2004 @ 10:35 am
  6. I should probably put my own results here. I took this test several years ago and scored ISTJ.

    Comment by dan on September 14, 2004 @ 8:55 am
  7. Stephen, people vote charisma, not skills. Think about who was popular in high school. They were rarely the smarted but usually attractive and charming.

    Comment by Renee on September 14, 2004 @ 8:49 pm
  8. I am the Mastermind, an INTJ. Yeah, I knew I was introverted. I just didn’t think that I’d score so high in that area. Sheesh.

    Comment by Jan on September 15, 2004 @ 5:32 pm
  9. hello. I’m INTJ, strong I, strong N. introverts are rarely popular, although i think we kind of gain really loyal friends, if we have any… it’s mainly a disadvantage in a world of extraverts, who expect extraversion from everyone.

    Comment by Kirana on January 14, 2005 @ 10:06 am
  10. This ratio is wrong. A ‘real’ study, not just a guess’ was done and the proper ration is right at 50/50. A little more introverted for guys and a little more extroverted for ladies. The study was using the Myers Briggs test to determine the ratio.

    Comment by Jim on August 22, 2011 @ 8:12 am

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