Tuesday, January 4, 2011

"Caring for Your Introvert" - The Atlantic

I don't just play one on TV.

"Extroverts are energized by people, and wilt or fade when alone. They often seem bored by themselves, in both senses of the expression. Leave an extrovert alone for two minutes and he will reach for his cell phone. In contrast, after an hour or two of being socially 'on,' we introverts need to turn off and recharge. My own formula is roughly two hours alone for every hour of socializing. This isn't antisocial. It isn't a sign of depression. It does not call for medication. For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating. Our motto: 'I'm okay, you're okay—in small doses.'"

h/t Prof. O'H on FB

1 comment:

Jill said...


Thanks, Fr. Tim, and a happy new year to you and yours! :)