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Why Introverts Like to Be Alone

Introverts are re-engerized from spending time alone while extroverts derive it from spending time with others. While science knows the two personalities are hardwired differently, it's come up short on the why in the past. Now a new study found introverts and extroverts respond differently to human faces.

When extroverts look at a human face, there's an increase in a specific type of electrical activity in the brain, but there's no change when they look at an inanimate object, even something as pretty as flowers. However, there's an equal rise in introverts' electrical activity when they look at flowers and human faces, showing their brains do not distinguish between inanimate objects and people.

So while extroverts get a physiological lift from being around people, an introvert can have the same experience looking out a window. Score for introverts?

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arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 5 years
i'm crazy introverted and my friends + family think i'm just antisocial. :/ it's just i would rather be by myself than with a group. i get super anxious as well in noisy, large gatherings. it's almost amplified after a traumatic family event happened, too.
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 5 years
My understanding from grad work in management is that the difference between introverts and extroverts is in how we recharge --- an extrovert will go out to a club or want to be with a large group of people to recharge/relax after a hard day, while an introvert will want to be with a few friends or by themselves.
Lenay Lenay 5 years
This article definitely hit the nail on the head. I am without a doubt an introvert. Nothing makes me more content than to sit for hours doing quiet things like writing in my journal or writing fiction. (I'm currently attempting to write something for publication.) The job that pays my rent for the time being forces me to be surrounded by a sea of chattering people first thing in the morning; and sometimes it's almost too much for me to handle.
juicebox07 juicebox07 5 years
I am an introvert, and I can agree with this. I love looking at my surroundings and enjoying time by myself. Being around people is very overwhelming and tiring for me. (Something my extroverted bf doesn't quite understand).
amandachalynn amandachalynn 5 years
My hubby and I are the same way Miss Sushi. He just can't understand why I want to get up at 5:30 to have my tea on the patio while the world is asleep, rather than stay up and party. I'm aways the first to leave, because I feel so overwhelmed and drained after a few hours!
nikqui nikqui 5 years
This is quite interesting....and I just got some incite about myself.
MissSushi MissSushi 5 years
This is true for me, and something my extrovert husband has never been able to really fathom. I have a very limited amount of energy I like spent in social situations. Some of the things that make me the absolute most happy and peaceful are so inane to him, something he has to focus on to even pay attention to. Sunlight shining through a window into a perfectly organized/clean room literally makes my entire day, it makes me feel so freaking good.
KadBunny KadBunny 5 years
I LOVE one of the comments from that article:"Wow, so my conscious thoughts of not giving a rats ass about someone might also be reflected subconsciously by my brain simply not focusing on their face any more than an actual rats ass? Cool." LMAO. Anyway. This is very true for me. :) I adore my friends but spending too much time with them (and people in general) drains me as well. I need to hibernate for a day or two afterward. Nothing replenishes me more than sketching in my room or hanging out our back garden. :)
KadBunny KadBunny 5 years
I LOVE one of the comments from that article: "Wow, so my conscious thoughts of not giving a rats ass about someone might also be reflected subconsciously by my brain simply not focusing on their face any more than an actual rats ass? Cool." LMAO. Anyway. This is very true for me. :) I adore my friends but spending too much time with them (and people in general) drains me as well. I need to hibernate for a day or two afterward. Nothing replenishes me more than sketching in my room or hanging out our back garden. :)
robinlh912 robinlh912 5 years
This is true! Actually, sometimes I get annoyed by people when I want to be alone.
vanilla19 vanilla19 5 years
This is so true for me!Happy: Out with my friendsHappy: On a hike with a great viewVery happy: On a hike with a great view WITH my friends :)
vanilla19 vanilla19 5 years
This is so true for me! Happy: Out with my friends Happy: On a hike with a great view Very happy: On a hike with a great view WITH my friends :)
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 5 years
Yay! Thank you for correctly defining the word introvert instead of attributing it to shyness (which some introverts are, but that's unrelated). My brother, a very introverted guy, says he has a limited amount of social energy that is expended when he spends time with people, and recharged when he is alone: "Dude, I went to class, had coffee with Sue, then went climbing with the guys. I am all out of social energy, I need to sit in my room and be quiet for a few hours."
Pistil Pistil 5 years
Interesting. I've always gushed over flowers and trees, etc, and it's hard to find anyone with quite the same sentiment. I don't mind being around people, but it's a different kind of energy.
MeiGaku MeiGaku 5 years
i'm very extroverted--but of course, i do have to have random days once in a blue moon to myself, but i love people. that connection with another person and the laughing and smiling just makes me happy! =)
amber512 amber512 5 years
As an extreme introvert I can totally see this. Being with other people can be really draining. I find that I need more time alone than most people need to recouperate.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 5 years
As an introvert myself, I can vouch for this article. In fact, I had a wonderful morning in my garden, gazing at my blooming flowers. The blooms were so healthy, and gorgeous, I swear they were smiling at me. ;)
vabeachbum vabeachbum 5 years
Yeah, I am a severe introvert. This explains a lot about why I just can't stand most people lol!
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