Science suggests there’s one personality type that’s more likely to leave the workforce and stay home with their kids once they become parents.
INFPs (people with a preference for Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, and Perceiving) were the most likely of all 16 personality types to report being a stay-at-home parent. And INFPs, ISFJs, and INFJs were all more likely than average to report they were currently staying at home to take care of their children, according to the report.
“One of the biggest challenges that stay-at-home parents can face is the isolation that comes with being home all day with the kids,” Owens tells Business Insider. “But for introverts, this can actually be a plus.”
She says introverts tend to be more comfortable in quieter, less stimulating environments, and they usually prefer to be alone or in small groups of people they know well.
“While jobs in busy offices can tax the reserves of introverts, taking on the role of full-time parent generally means that they get to be more choosy about who enters their space during the day. That can be a real bonus for introverts who just don’t love being around hordes of people all the time,” she explains.
On the other hand, extroverts tend to thrive more on the buzz and stimulation of an office, and therefore may be more reluctant to stay home, Owens says.
“When extroverts do choose to stay home with their kids, they will be more likely to chafe at feelings of isolation, and will thrive on social activities like parents’ associations and playgroups.”
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