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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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Last Updated on February 13, 2019

10 Things Happy People Do Differently

10 Things Happy People Do Differently

Think being happy is something that happens as a result of luck, circumstance, having money, etc.? Think again.

Happiness is a mindset. And if you’re looking to improve your ability to find happiness, then check out these 10 things happy people do differently.

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. -Dalai Lama

1. Happy people find balance in their lives.

Folks who are happy have this in common: they’re content with what they have, and don’t waste a whole lot of time worrying and stressing over things they don’t. Unhappy people do the opposite: they spend too much time thinking about what they don’t have. Happy people lead balanced lives. This means they make time for all the things that are important to them, whether it’s family, friends, career, health, religion, etc.

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2. Happy people abide by the golden rule.

You know that saying you heard when you were a kid, “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” Well, happy people truly embody this principle. They treat others with respect. They’re sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of other people. They’re compassionate. And they get treated this way (most of the time) in return.

3. Happy people don’t sweat the small stuff.

One of the biggest things happy people do differently compared to unhappy people is they let stuff go. Bad things happen to good people sometimes. Happy people realize this, are able to take things in stride, and move on. Unhappy people tend to dwell on minor inconveniences and issues, which can perpetuate feelings of sadness, guilt, resentment, greed, and anger.

4. Happy people take responsibility for their actions.

Happy people aren’t perfect, and they’re well aware of that. When they screw up, they admit it. They recognize their faults and work to improve on them. Unhappy people tend to blame others and always find an excuse why things aren’t going their way. Happy people, on the other hand, live by the mantra:

“There are two types of people in the world: those that do and those that make excuses why they don’t.”

5. Happy people surround themselves with other happy people.

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    One defining characteristic of happy people is they tend to hang out with other happy people. Misery loves company, and unhappy people gravitate toward others who share their negative sentiments. If you’re struggling with a bout of sadness, depression, worry, or anger, spend more time with your happiest friends or family members. Chances are, you’ll find that their positive attitude rubs off on you.

    6. Happy people are honest with themselves and others.

    People who are happy often exhibit the virtues of honesty and trustworthiness. They would rather give you candid feedback, even when the truth hurts, and they expect the same in return. Happy people respect people who give them an honest opinion.

    7. Happy people show signs of happiness.

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      This one may sound obvious but it’s a key differentiator between happy and unhappy people. Think about your happiest friends. Chances are, the mental image you form is of them smiling, laughing, and appearing genuinely happy. On the flip side, those who aren’t happy tend to look the part. Their posture may be slouched and you may perceive a lack of confidence.

      8. Happy people are passionate.

      Another thing happy people have in common is their ability to find their passions in life and pursue those passions to the fullest. Happy people have found what they’re looking for, and they spend their time doing what they love.

      9. Happy people see challenges as opportunities.

      Folks who are happy accept challenges and use them as opportunities to learn and grow. They turn negatives into positives and make the best out of seemingly bad situations. They don’t dwell on things that are out of their control; rather, they seek solutions and creative ways of overcoming obstacles.

      10. Happy people live in the present.

      While unhappy people tend to dwell on the past and worry about the future, happy people live in the moment. They are grateful for “the now” and focus their efforts on living life to the fullest in the present. Their philosophy is:

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      There’s a reason it’s called “the present.” Because life is a gift.

      So if you’d like to bring a little more happiness into your life, think about the 10 principles above and how you can use them to make yourself better.

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