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How To Decide If You’re An Introvert Or Extrovert With A Lemon

How To Decide If You’re An Introvert Or Extrovert With A Lemon

At some point in your adult life you may have been asked the question: Are you an introvert or an extrovert? You may have answered immediately based on your past experience or habits. Or you’d ask someone how they view you. Or you’d take a personality quiz to get the answer. What if I tod you that a lemon and your reaction to lemon juice can be a good indicator as to whether you are an introvert or extrovert?

A Test To Try At Home To Determine If You’re An Introvert Or Extrovert:

What you will need:

  • A lemon or concentrated lemon juice
  • Cotton swab/Q-tip with a short piece of thread tied exactly in the middle of it

The Lemon Experiment:

  • Place one end of the cotton swab on your tongue and hold for 20 seconds.
  • Next, put five drops of lemon juice onto your tongue and swallow the lemon juice. (Do not swallow the cotton swab!)
  • Next, take the cotton swab out of your mouth and place the other end (the dry end) on your tongue and hold for 20 seconds.

How to examine the results:

The results are analyzed by determining whether or not the cotton swab hangs horizontally or if the end that you used after swallowing the lemon juice hangs lower because it is heavier.

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If the cotton swab hangs heavier on the side which was exposed to the lemon juice this suggest you are an introvert. Why? The lemon juice caused you to produce more saliva, which on a physiological level is a signal that you’re an introvert.

If the cotton swab hangs horizontally, this likely suggests you did not have a strong reaction to the lemon juice and in most likely of cases, you’re an extrovert.

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The Scientific Reasoning

In the 1960s Hans Eysenck, a pioneer of personality psychology wanted to test “cortical arousal” – the theory of extroverts and introverts. Eysenck asserted that aspects of one’s personality has physiological indicators which would determine if you were an introvert or an extrovert.

Eysenck found those with higher baseline cortical arousal, meaning, they react strongly to stimulation, tended to be introverts. Introverts tend to feel things more intensely, which might be the reason they tend to shy away from particular situations filled with strong stimulation.

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However, Eysenck’s study isn’t always true. The study is interesting in the mere fact that it allows the test subject to analyze their biological responses to strong stimuli – for example, citric acid!

If you find it too troublesome…

If you find this too troublesome while you still want to know if you’re an introvert or extrovert, check out this personality quiz which will only take you around 10 minutes.

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Featured photo credit: The Lemon Taster- Riley I/Lara Kerby Spencer via flickr.com

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

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No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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