Canadian Positive Psychology Association

What we know about introversion-extraversion as a trait and in momentary behaviour: Implications for well-being

  • 26 Mar 2014
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • University of Ottawa downtown campus, Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) building, Room 4004


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What we know about introversion-extroversion as a trait and in momentary behaviour: Implications for well-being with John Zelenski, PhD. 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

6:00 - 8:30 pm EST



As a trait, introversion-extraversion is ubiquitous in personality descriptions. We have learned much about its probable causes and the outcomes it predicts, with positive emotions being important to both. More recently, we have also begun to study personality ‘in the moment’, noting that most people display behaviours across the entire introversion-extraversion spectrum over time, regardless of their characteristic levels. I will review what we have learned across these levels of analysis (trait and state), and discuss how we might use such findings to better understand and promote well-being.

John Zelenski is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Previously he completed psychology degrees at Northwestern University (B.A.), the University of Michigan (M.A.), and Washington University in St. Louis (Ph.D.).  As a researcher and director of the Carleton University Happiness Laboratory, he studies individual differences in happiness and how personality manifests itself 'in the moment' as emotional and cognitive processes. Recent work has focused on the causes and consequences of social behaviour (e.g., in relation to the personality trait of introversion-extraversion) and the links among nature, people’s sense of connection to nature, happiness, and sustainable behaviour. More information available at his web page:

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