Talk:Introversion and extroversion
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Initial 'talk page' Introversion and Extroversion
A subset of models of personality characterisation
Psychological theory attempts to gauge both a person's innate tendencies in interacting with people and things; and attempts to provide useable measurements of criteria defined by various personality models ( amongst many other things ).
Many models of how humans interact, or act in independence, exist : - intelligence tests - personality assessments - behavioural observation tests - personal values - societal values - laws and others
The 'self-help' concept of 'self-improvement' can tend to appeal more to the introverted person; this idea developed in the later 19th Century in the United Kingdom as part of the Industrial Revolution, at which time human labour became more organised in more complex large groups than earlier in human civilisation. In human life there are many more subtle complexities than simply a label just as 'introvert' or extrovert', and yet simplification for the purposes of general understanding is often what many people want ( e.g. Courts, employers ). It is a Professional Psychologist who usually assesses both intelligence, and also personality characteristics;
predicting human behaviour is fraught with many limitations even though past behaviour often can do;
because humans have consciousness, and for good or not, they can think for themselves, and so past behaviour may not suit any particular situation that arises for the individual;
personality assessment arises from the development of models of treatment of psychological 'problems' and thus may be a step along the line toward greater indiviualism in some societies compared with others where group identity may or may not, be more highly valued.
new neurological research indicates that the human brain has ways of making new interconnections even in advanced age that were not earlier thought to be possible;
very accurate behavioural prediction is therefore not truly possible because humans can, and do, think of new things; and 'innate' characteristics may also change over long time periods for any individual as life experience affects that person.