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View Poll Results: Are you an Introvert or an Extrovert?
Introvert? 45 75.00%
Extrovert? 2 3.33%
Depends on the situation. 13 21.67%
None of the above. 0 0%
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Old 01-24-21, 12:38 PM  
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Are you an Introvert or an Extrovert?

I noted in another thread that being an introvert has finally become an advantage in my life (as opposed to it causing the usual awkward disasters).

The stay-at-home mandate is hard on everyone, but much harder, IMHO, on extroverts. I've never had a gym membership. I've taken group classes on and off over the years, but my choice is to work out at home.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
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Old 01-24-21, 12:49 PM  
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I'm more of an introvert than I thought. I love being stuck at home all the time and not seeing people and having an excuse to have people over and meet with them. In fact, I don't know how I'll adjust when things go back to normal.

My dd is an introvert who just started college and all of the covid restrictions have really helped with her transition to college. I think it would have been overwhelming for her to have the traditional college experience, but she loves it the way it is now.

One of my sons is an introvert who is single and working remotely. He does get lonely so he has been staying with us quite a bit since this all started.

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Old 01-24-21, 12:51 PM  
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Oh, and I agree that the restrictions have been very difficult for extroverts and also singles. It's definitely a big problem for some and they are suffering.

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Old 01-24-21, 01:17 PM  
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I am somewhat of an introvert. I donít like large crowds or big social gatherings. I need a certain amount of solitude and donít do well with houseguests for more than a week. Iím surviving the restrictions, but I really miss my family. Thatís the hardest part for me. I also miss our circle of friends, we did a lot of informal dinner parties where everyone contributed. I enjoyed group yoga & barre classes in the city occasionally, but those I can live without. Iím teaching my Essentrics classes on zoom, but miss seeing my students. My students are a small group, I donít have any desire to increase numbers & turn it into a business. I also miss traveling, we did a lot of that and look forward to cautiously returning to it at some point.

We do lots of zoom visits & are able to meet friends & family for outdoor visits & walks. We are fortunate that cases in our area remain very low, hoping it stays that way.
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Old 01-24-21, 02:06 PM  
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I'm a total introvert so life during the time of COVID is not much different for me as I tend to stay at home and not socialize much anyways. But I feel terrible for the family/friends I know that thrive on being around others and those who are used to having at least some amount of social activity planned into their calendars, e.g. eating out with friends, going to the theatre (musicals and films), playing bridge, volunteer activities, group fitness classes, etc.

As an aside, I loved the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.

https://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Power-I...dp/0307352153/

I read a physical copy of the book from my local library back five years ago at least but now my library has it available to download/checkout for free to your kindle via Overdrive or you can check it out as an e-book (again for free) via cloudLibrary (at least through my library).
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Old 01-24-21, 02:18 PM  
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I'm an introvert, a homebody and very shy. I agree that the stay-at-home mandate is harder on extroverts. Like Pam, I also miss my family terribly since the pandemic started. I can't wait for the day when I can hug my 2 sons, my sister and my nephew and have them inside my house for a meal.
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Old 01-25-21, 05:49 AM  
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I'm a definite introvert, though not an "extreme" one. (For example, I'd describe myself as socially flexible, and I've never felt what some people call an "introvert hangover," but ultimately being with other people tends to drain my energy, and I'd probably adjust very well to being physically alone.)

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I've never had a gym membership. I've taken group classes on and off over the years, but my choice is to work out at home.
I've never taken group classes, though not because of introversion.

I've had a gym membership for years (and may at some point consider other settings, such as a studio for something more specialized). I like using the gym mainly because it has equipment and other facilities; a home gym setup that would satisfy me has yet to be practical for me. I've never chatted with anyone at the gym and have never wanted to socialize there --nothing is "wrong" with the people there, but socializing is not at all a reason for me to use a gym.

My interest in home fitness (I really tend more toward "both-and" than "either-or") comes from versatility and other practical considerations--each setting has different advantages and disadvantages for me. My interest doesn't come from introversion as such.

If anything, my personality-based preferences even dampen my interest in exercising at home. I'm also "private" in some ways, and although I don't want to conflate this sort of preference with introversion, I can also see an overlap. I may get more of what I'll call "absolute privacy" at home, as fewer overall people would see me at home, but I get more of what I'll call "effective privacy" at a gym or other outside setting, as fewer people who "know me" in certain ways would see me at the gym. (In a similar way, I'm also not embarrassed about singing, but I'm much more comfortable singing, even by myself or as part of a small harmonizing group, in front of a large group of strangers than in front of a small group of family. My family isn't even especially dysfunctional. )
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Old 01-25-21, 06:04 AM  
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I am an extrovert. I get energy from people. I don't need it 24/7. I like listening to others stories and life experiences.

I hate Zoom meetings. I feel drained mentally and physically after one. Truly they hurt my head.
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I am an extrovert. I get energy from people. I don't need it 24/7. I like listening to others stories and life experiences.

I hate Zoom meetings. I feel drained mentally and physically after one. Truly they hurt my head.
That's exactly how I feel after the zoom meetings!
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Old 01-25-21, 10:12 AM  
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I am an introvert. When all of this first started a lot of stuff was shut down here. I felt wonderful and was even able to lose 10 pounds easily. Once things started opening back up and we got back to more of a normal routine my anxiety started flaring up again. Of course I gained back the weight I lost. I do well on my own with my DH and some contact with certain friends. Too much outside stimulation with others causes anxiety for me.
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