Extraversion and Introversion: Who is Happier?

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Extraversion and Introversion:
Who is Happier? I like spending time alone in my room just watching a good show or having one friend join me; I have never enjoyed going out and doing gregarious activity. I have so many friends that accuse me of being depressed and no fun because my answer is eternally a no when they ask me to join them at a party. I knew I was not depressed and I was not trying to be rude, but I am so much happier when I am able to relax and be comfortable. I want to educate people on personalities being related to subjective wellbeing. Everyone finds their happiness in their own, unique ways and that is very interesting to me. Each person should know their acquaintances personality traits because it will strengthen
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Extroverts just have more positive emotions, but they can have as much negative emotions as any other person. I really enjoyed Nettle’s book and even the fact that he believes there should be more research in the personality and happiness field. He makes a great argument that even though extroverts are more likely to experience better changes in life and are the slightly happier personality trait, it is not one to be envious of because of the many downsides to being an extrovert, for example, “[e]xtroverts…like more sex partners and sexual experimentation, have more of a sweet tooth, and are in danger of drinking too much or getting addicted to drugs. …also more likely to be unfaithful than their more introverted peers.” (Nettle 96-7). Extroverts experience many unfortunate, life-threatening moments because of their social ability, however they “are more likely to experience changes for the better in many life domains.” (Nettle 107). There is a mechanism in our brain that is different in extroverts than in introverts, causing the two personalities to act oppositely, “[t]his explains why extroverts tend to behave differently from introverts not just in any one domain, but across several.” (Nettle 99). Nettle is a remarkable author and I have many viewpoints similar to his. By reading his book I learned that both personalities have disadvantages which made me question