The Effect of Introversion and Extraversion on the Fear of Negative Evaluation

Melissa Keighin, Kelsey Butcher, Michael Darnell
Huntington University

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Abstract The present study examined the relationship between introversion and extroversion personality types and the fear of negative evaluation. Students attending a small Christian-affiliated liberal arts university were selected through convenience sampling to complete the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Fear of Negative Evaluation Scale. It was hypothesized that individuals who were classified as introverted would have a greater fear of negative evaluation than individuals who were classified as extraverted. The results were measured using a two-tailed independent t-test with a significance level of 0.05. The null hypothesis was rejected and a statistically significant relationship was found between introverted individuals and fear of negative evaluation. The hypothesis was supported, affirming that individuals who are assessed to be extroverted will tend to have a lower fear of negative evaluation score than those who are introverted.

Introduction Affect, behavior, and cognition are all linked together and contribute to an individual’s perception of him or herself. Wells (2000) found that what individuals believe about themselves has a profound effect on their social interactions. People who have social anxiety generally assert more negative thoughts than positive thoughts about themselves. These negative thoughts may cause one to avoid social interaction, therefore turning oneself toward introversion, and positive thoughts may turn a person toward extraversion (Leary & Kowalski, 1995).

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