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Discipline to Success:
The Social Attribute
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
continuation from BLOG posting: social development
We have reviewed the first definition of the social attribute. We identified 4 key points.
1) A socially developed person has inner qualities that are attractive to other people.
2) Socially developed people force others upon themselves rather than forcing themselves upon others.
3) A socially developed person possess both leadership and follower qualities.
4) Socially developed people like and enjoy themselves.
We will now turn our attention to the second definition of the social attribute.
Developing the First Definition of the Social Attribute
The second definition of sociality is a person who maintains a balance between introversion and extroversion tendencies and activities. Introversion in this discussion characterizes people whose social satisfaction comes from within themselves. Extroversion characterizes people whose social satisfaction comes from outside of themselves.
The terminology for introversion and extroversion has changed recently in behavioral discussion. In the old days of psychology, we used to use the word introvert to describe someone who is shy, reserved and quiet. Introverts lacked the basic social skills to interact with other people. On the other side of the behavioral scale, we used the word extrovert to characterize someone who is bold, opened and confident. Extroverts could interact comfortably with other people and carry a sense of pride. These characterizations are being refuted in modern-day behavioral science. Introvert can be associated with a person who is bold and self-confident. Likewise, extrovert can be used to describe someone who is shy and timid.
In today’s psychology, the term introversion characterizes people whose social satisfaction or needs come from within themselves — in other words, from social activities that involve very few people. Introverts are more likely to enjoy a good book or piece of music. They incline to be solitude, and they generally participate in activities and sports that are single-oriented such as cycling, jogging or walking in the woods. Introverts enjoy being with themselves, but not always. They can and do interact with many people. But on average, depending on the situation, they spend more time with themselves, or with someone close to them, rather than interacting with large groups.
Extroverts are the exact opposite. Extroversion characterizes people whose social satisfaction or needs come from outside of themselves — or in other words, from social activities that involve many people. Extroverts are more likely to enjoy carnivals, ball games and parties involving large groups. Extroverts are happy when in the company of others. They can on occasion engage in solitary activities. But on average, they will spend more time interacting with many people.
If we were to scale the two -troversions, we could develop an arbitrary measurement scale that resembles the scale below. (These measurements are for illustrative purposes only and do not measure any scientific analysis). Introversion can range from the extreme introversion — scale mark “-5” — to minimal introversion — scale mark “0”. Extreme introverts are individuals who prefer not to be around people. They isolate themselves from all social activities.
On the opposite end of the scale, extroversion can range from extreme extroversion — scale mark “+5” — to minimal extroversion — scale mark “0”. Extreme extroverts are individuals who prefer to be around people constantly. They may turn on their television sets just to hear the sounds of people, for example, even though they are not watching any particular program.
You won’t find many people who are extreme introverts or extreme extroverts. Most of us fall somewhere on the scale between -2.5 to 2.5. Introverts who are within this range will enjoy a party or loud activity once in awhile, but generally, they flow to activities that interact with fewer people. Extroverts who are around “+2.5” on the scale will sometimes enjoy a quiet evening at home with a book or video, but generally, they flow to activities that place them in the company with many people.
Next Week: we will continue the discussion on balance introverism with extroverism.
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