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Introverts, Unhappiness & Low ‘Reward Dependence’

When I found out I have genes associated with the "low reward dependence" personality trait, I wasn't the least surprised because I'm like a lot of introverts  -- rarely motivated to do something based on the archetypal dangling carrot.

What's most interesting is the fact that researchers believe people who are more responsive to rewards are also happier. Gosh dang you for being happier, Marsha. It's always, Marsha, Marsha, Marsha.

(Marsha is the extroverted older sister from the 'Brady Bunch' for those who need missed that bellbottom '70s era).

As far as the 16 personalities defined by the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the extroverted versions of any type are most responsive to rewards whether it's a new outfit or a chocolate Hershey kiss. Tell him what he's won, Bob. OMG. It's a new car. And, a trip to Vegas.

Gee thanks, Bob. Can I get off the stage now? I just came here because I fell asleep during The Price is Right and this is a time-travelling dream from the day I stayed home from school pretending to be sick because I couldn't take the florescent lights. (Again, that '70s era)

Experts say people with high reward dependence seek out social and emotional rewards. But I also see it play out with regard to my attitude toward financial and weight-loss goals.

With stock market, real estate or cryptocurrency investing, it always feels like I'm playing a board game such as Monopoly.  With my career, it's like playing the board game, Life. Random. Sometimes fun. Often meaningless. And ultimately, still a game that I don't really care if I win.

I remember an editor/supervisor once told me he planned to give me a big pay raise, but doing so meant a few other people would get very low pay raises. I let him know how much I appreciated him letting me know I was his "favorite," but that the money would mean more to the others. So, I gave him my blessing to give me the lower percentage pay increase. […]

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