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Extraversion

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Extraversion is one of the most studied traits in personality psychology. Some form of the trait has been included in almost every comprehensive model of personality. At the broadest level of description, extraversion reflects the extent to which a person is interested in and enjoys social interaction. However, this broad trait also encompasses a number of more specific facets. For instance, each of the following facets has been included in at least one major model of extraversion: impulsivity, assertiveness, activity level, the tendency to engage in excitement-seeking behaviors, the experience of positive emotions, and feelings of warmth toward others. Given the relative diversity of these characteristics, it should be no surprise that psychologists disagree about which of these narrower facets is the defining feature of ...

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