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What People Get Wrong About Introverts-and How it Might Help Your Recovery

What People Get Wrong About Introverts-and How it Might Help Your Recovery

The term ‘introvert’ sparks people’s imaginations to think of a loner who is quiet and prefers the company of mainly themselves, choosing to avoid social settings. An introvert is not really a person who just spends time alone, in fact, a person who is introverted may just be one of the best friends you ever had. Some of the most deeply thoughtful and committed people in a relationship are introverts, who are inward thinking and complex. Find out why you might just be wrong about introverts and how it can help your recovery to learn about them.

Brain Chemistry

The brain chemistry of a person with highly introverted characteristics shows they have a lower threshold of dopamine sensitivity than extroverts. Dopamine is a reward system in the brain which makes people feel good. Essentially, the lower your dopamine, the more easily stimulated you are. As an introvert, you are more energized by:

  • Spending time on your own
  • Being in a close group of friends
  • Seeking out a few people to trust

Sometimes being in a group of people can be an introvert’s cup of tea, but then they usually pull inward once they are alone to recalibrate and focus on rebuilding their energy stores. The pathway of an introvert’s brain is called the Long Acetylcholine Pathway, which means stimulus goes through many different parts of the brain. Introverts notice lots of details, which makes them self-conscious about mistakes they make. An event is never an event for an introvert, there is too much going on in their head to sort it out so they get overstimulated and need to pull inward to focus.

Embrace Your Introvert Side

Introverts crave time alone to withdraw and recharge. This activates the brain’s parasympathetic nervous system to rest and digest. Introverts love this pathway because it helps them unwind. To tap into your inner introvert, you might want to try the following:

  • Embracing stillness and quiet at home
  • Take rest breaks during the week where you are not out doing things but at home recharging
  • Find what recharges you and do that as often as possible
  • Explore hobbies like art and creative expression to tap into your innermost thoughts and feelings
  • Embrace how you are designed and honor that

Some people are a mix of introverted and extroverted, meaning they can go into social settings and recharge, but also need down time to reset their brains and bodies. What people get wrong about introverts is automatically assuming they have social anxiety or depression because they like to be alone. Introverts can teach people a lot about how to spend time thinking more about experiences, processing, and connecting with that part of life that seeks a need for rest from craziness and expectation.

Introverts are a unique group of people, who are hardwired for connection and feeling. Sometimes that brings with it challenges like mental health issues from being too inward focused. Extroverts can struggle as well with issues like addiction and mental health. If you find yourself struggling to cope with life and are turning to drugs or alcohol to cope, there is help. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401