Why Does It Feel Good To Act Like an Extravert?
Article first published online: 2 DEC 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Social and Personality Psychology Compass
Volume 7, Issue 12, pages 878–887, December 2013
How to Cite
Smillie, L. D. (2013), Why Does It Feel Good To Act Like an Extravert?. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 7: 878–887. doi: 10.1111/spc3.12077
- Issue published online: 2 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 2 DEC 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 25 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Received: 7 MAR 2013
Research into enacted personality provides a novel perspective on the tendency for extraverted individuals to experience high levels of positive affect. Several studies now show that behaving in an extraverted way – thereby enacting an extraverted ‘personality state’ – is sufficient for elevating levels of positive affect. A question that remains, however, is why extraverted behavior has this robust impact on affective experience. In this paper, I consider several potential explanatory mechanisms for this phenomenon, including reward- and goal-related processes, as well as physical/bodily processes underpinning affective experience. Future research addressing these explanations may facilitate greater understanding of this intriguing phenomenon, along with its potential theoretical and practical implications.