Whisper it loud: I'm an introvert and I love the mountains
Introverts prefer mountains, according to a new study that says where you like to be -- geographically speaking -- could depend on how much you like to socialize.sex and relationships Updated: Mar 03, 2015 14:23 IST
Introverts prefer mountains, according to a new study that says where you like to be -- geographically speaking -- could depend on how much you like to socialize.
Sociability was the only aspect of personality that predicted terrain preference, says lead researcher Shige Oishi.
Reserved introverts preferred mountainous regions while outgoing, often talkative extroverts tend to live in open and flat regions, according to the study.
It's not the mountains that make you an introvert, say the researchers, but rather it's the other way around -- the introverts choose the mountains.
Oishi cautions individuals to take their personalities into consideration when choosing a place to live.
"Some cities and towns have geography that is more accommodating for some people than for others...if you know you're introverted, then you may be rejuvenated by being in a secluded place, while an extrovert may be rejuvenated more in an open space," he says.
The study was part of a symposium at the Society for Personality and Social Psychology's 16th Annual Convention in Long Beach, California, which wrapped up this weekend.
A 2013 study of the geographic layout of personality types across the US found that the state of Wisconsin -- that's considerably lacking in mountains -- has the highest number of extroverts.
The mountainous states of Washington and Vermont, however, had the highest numbers of introverts.