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Why do introverts find socialising tiring?

Leave me alone! Social situations can be more exhausting for introverts than extroverts.

Asked by: Kate Ward, Canterbury

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Apart from the simple fact that introverts prefer to have plenty of time to themselves, and that being denied this can be draining, there’s also evidence that, at a physiological level, introverts respond more strongly to stimulation, such as loud noises, than extroverts do. This means socialising is more likely to leave them exhausted and needing a rest afterwards.

On the Introvert, Dear blog, contributor Shawna Courter even argues that there’s such a thing as an “introvert hangover”, which she describes as “an actual physical reaction to [social] overstimulation. Your ears might ring, your eyes start to blur, and you feel like you’re going to hyperventilate”.


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