We don’t trust extraverts more than introverts

When you think of an extravert, what personality traits come to mind? Sociability? Fun? We often make positive judgments about extraversion — but the picture is more complex, with negative traits also projected onto extraverts. Some research suggests that extraverts are seen as poorer listeners, for example.

A new study, published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, looks specifically at how much people trust those who are extraverted. The team finds that agreeableness, not extraversion, is the key to gaining trust in social situations. Continue reading →

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