The Psychology of Engineers: a Talk on Introversion/Extroversion and Flow

As an engineer, I have always been curious about why people, and especially other engineers, behave the way they do. How do engineers get “in the zone” when coding and why do they like it so much? Why are so many engineers (including myself) so averse to holding meetings?

This curiosity led me to research two topics, Introversion/Extroversion and Flow. I presented them at an internal tech talk at Shutterstock called “The Psychology of Engineers.” The talk generated enough interest and discussion that I recorded a version to share it more widely.  It is embedded below and runs for 19 minutes.

The slides are available on SpeakerDeck.  Please share your thoughts and feedback on the talk in the comments or on Twitter via @shuttertech.

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8 Responses to The Psychology of Engineers: a Talk on Introversion/Extroversion and Flow

  1. hhohwald says:

    Great talk, very interesting. I feel even more introverted now than before I heard this.

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  6. Joey DeFrancesco says:

    This talk was a very good overview of introversion and extroversion. I like that the video pointed out that most people don’t fit cleanly into one box or definition. That is, most people are somewhat of a mix of introverts and extroverts.

  7. Miguel Ríos says:

    Hello,

    I would very much like to have a copy of this article. Unfortunately, the web configuration I have at work won’t allow me to see it!

    By the way, I am a psychologist working amidst engineers :)

    Thanks in advance,

    Miguel Ríos

  8. kris says:

    @Miguel: there is no article, just a video of the talk. Feel free to watch it on YouTube if the video is not working for you here.