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Understanding our Sociability trait, one of our 16 traits

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Sociability is a fundamental trait in personality psychology that reflects an individual’s inclination and comfort level when it comes to interacting with others and engaging in social activities. It is a dimension within the broader personality trait of extraversion. 

Extraversion, as one of the Big Five personality traits, encompasses various aspects of social behavior and interpersonal interactions, with sociability being a prominent facet of this trait. Click to find out more.

Individuals who score high in the Sociability score are known as an ‘Extrovert’. You tend to thrive in social situations. You feel energized and revitalized by being around people and engaging in various social activities. You are an individual enjoy initiating conversations, participating in group activities, and building and maintaining a wide range of relationships. 

People with high scores are often outgoing, friendly, and approachable, which makes it relatively easy for them to form connections and create bonds with others. They enjoy the company of others and are likely to have a broad circle of friends and acquaintances.

On the other hand, individuals who score low in the Sociability score are known as ‘Introverts’. You tend to find social interactions draining and overwhelming. You prefer spending time in more solitary or low-stimulation environments, where you can focus on your thoughts and engage in activities that do not involve large groups or constant social engagement.

As an introverts, you are often reflective and may feel more comfortable in one-on-one interactions or with a small group of close friends. While you may not seek out social situations as eagerly as extroverts, this doesn’t mean you are unable to interact socially or form relationships; rather, you may be more selective about the company you keep and the social events you attend.

When you have a middle score, you are likely to fluctuate in your behaviors. In recent years, a new terminology has emerge to describe this behavior – Ambiverts. 

Ambiverts are people who fall somewhere in the middle of the introvert-extrovert personality spectrum, and they are people who have qualities of both extremes. As such, ambiverts are flexible individuals who thrive both in solitude and company, and they make great communicators and listeners.

Omniverts are people who experience extremes in introversion and extraversion. And yes, this terminology is also a recent invention. Unlike ambiverts, omniverts have trouble balancing outgoingness and shyness. As a result, they can seem like they have a dual personality depending on the situation they’re in.

Nevertheless, IDENTI3 opts to elucidate how a deficiency in self-awareness, the practice of masking, and altering one’s conduct can result in contrasting behaviors, such as adopting Omnivert traits. Experiencing Omnivore-like behaviors is undesirable, akin to grappling with imposter syndrome. Individuals often find themselves weary and perplexed by their own actions, leading to potential unhappiness.

A person with high Exposition may appear extroverted due to their loudness, masking their actual introverted nature. Conversely, someone high in Sociability might be mistakenly perceived as introverted, as their quiet demeanor stems from low Exposition rather than a lack of social inclination. 

It’s crucial to distinguish between these traits, recognizing that a reserved individual with high Sociability may cherish social interactions, while a boisterous person with high Exposition might still lean towards introversion. Understanding the nuances helps avoid misjudgments based solely on observable behaviors.

What is your score for Sociability? How does it impact you, your work and your relations with people? Find out more.

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