5 Ways To Be More Introverted (So We Can Defeat COVID19 Sooner)

Of Antarctica & Mars

- Introversion is associated with successfully adapting to living in Antarctica (Rosnet et al., 2000) & introverts are considered better able to adapt to future deep space missions such as going to Mars (Bartone et al., 2019)… which shouldn’t surprise anyone who understands introversion & extraversion. Thus, what we may need to help America get through this marshmallow test we keep failing is for extraverts to do their best introvert impression over the holiday season. Here are some considerations…

Delay Gratification (Halloween, New Years Eve, Valentines, Lent, Spring Break, Coachella)

- Extroverts favor immediate gratification whereas introverts are fine delaying immediate rewards to invest in something greater (Hirsh et al., 2008, 2010, 2012). For example, introverts are fine skipping in-person holidays this year if it means we’ll overcome the virus sooner & we can go watch iMAX movies in crowded theaters again.
- Extraverts tend to be more impulsive (Ostaszewski, 1996; 1997)
- Extraverts’ desire/ preference for immediate gratification is associated with more impulsive spending behaviors (Verplanken & Herabadi, 2001).
- Extraverted households tend to save less over time compared to introverted households (Nyhus & Webley, 2001).
- Introverts generally make more deliberative financial decisions.

Dispositional Autonomy & Social Distancing

- Introverts have a strong preference for solitude because they do not perceive as much benefit out of social interactions (Thomas & Azmitia, 2018; Zelenski & Sobocko, 2013; Zelenski, Sobocko & Whelan, 2014)
- Introverts tend to be more reserved & quiet. Living alone afford introverts restorative solitude as well as the freedom (Klinenberg, 2016)
- Extroverts tend to be more social & talkative

Pets, Robot Pets, & Ai Apps

Introverts tend to connect more indirectly through technology (Fisher, 2015; McIntyre et al., 2015) & research already shows that our need for belongingness can be fulfilled by a soulless, robot companionship (Eyssel et al., 2013; Hoorn et al., 2015).

Soulless Robot Dog vs. Soulborn Dog

A randomized clinical trial in New Zealand by Robinson et al. (2013) found that “in comparison with the resident dog, residents touched and talked to the robot, and talked to each other more about the robot, showing how the robot is just as easy to interact with as a live animal and in some instances had an advantage over the dog.” To be clear

the robot has benefits over and above a live dog

by impacting the social environment and providing a conversation topic.”


(One unique reason is that the corporeal dog would get distracted by people walking in the hallway, whereas the robot dog would stay with the patients)

Not to worry — machines will replace doggo jobs before they replace human jobs. #EmotionalSupportRobot

COVID Studies

A couple of studies have supported the conventional wisdom that introverts have been doing their part this year when it comes to social distancing (Carvalho et al., 2020; 23andMe, 2020).

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Sidenotes to self: Sex & Memory

The Hippocampus (memory) is roommates with the amygdala (emotion) & women tend to be socialized to be in touch with their emotions whereas men are socialized to put all the emotions in the “man box” & never allow themselves to look inside or express or really feel anything.

Introverts & Extraverts

¨Funder and Sneed (1993) found that extroverts were talkative, loud, and enjoyed interactions. In contrast, introverts were reserved, inexpressive, and volunteered little personal information. In conversations with strangers, extroverts took the lead and were evaluated by their partners as saying “interesting” things.

Example of GPT3 from Andrew Mayne



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Dr. Jarryd Willis PhD

Dr. Jarryd Willis PhD

I'm passionate about making a tangible difference in the lives of others, & that's something I have the opportunity to do a professor & researcher.