Perspectives on Conceptualisation and Lived Experience of Introversion

PhD Thesis

Gerlach, N.. (2023). Perspectives on Conceptualisation and Lived Experience of Introversion [PhD Thesis]. Australian Catholic University School of Behavioural and Health Sciences
AuthorsGerlach, N.
TypePhD Thesis
Qualification nameDoctor of Philosophy

Variation exists regarding understandings of the personality trait introversion. This thesis aimed to explore how ordinary people define and experience introversion. Three studies were conducted which explored: 1) participants’ understandings of introversion; 2) differences in how people who identified as introverted, ambiverted (a bit of both), or extraverted described introverts; and 3) self-identified introverts’ descriptions of a broad range of experiences in their own lives. The findings of this research indicated that further efforts are needed to develop additional clarity and agreement across both scientific and common-sense views as to what introversion represents.

Keywordsintroversion; conceptualisation; lived experience
PublisherAustralian Catholic University
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Page range1-293
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PrintJul 2023
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Completed01 Feb 2024
Deposited01 Feb 2024
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This work © 2023, Nanette Gerlach, is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International.

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