Starting in Wuhan China, the Coronovirus has affected the entire world. We are aware that social distancing, staying at home, and avoiding public places significantly decreases the spread of the COVID-19 virus according to Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
The World Health Organization is giving up-to-date information on the spread of the virus, and how to stay safe. Our healthcare system, and the world, is undoubtedly impacted by the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). After this will emerge a New Normal.
Many people are struggling to stay active, find themselves getting bored, are missing socializing with their friends…but perhaps there is one group of people who are thriving…introverts.
Of course, it is safe to say that no one is particularly pleased with the health scare at hand. Most of us are ready to resume life as usual very soon. However, those who are introverted may be coping with these social distancing norms and public shutdowns easier than others.
What makes someone an Introvert?
There is thought that there are two personality types: Introverts and extroverts.
Introverts are more energized by “alone time” and many would rather avoid large social engagements, if possible. However, there is somewhat of a myth that introverts don’t like people, and don’t like going out and about. They are not antisocial. They just need fewer people to interact with than extroverts in order to feel comfortable.
How do you know if you’re an introvert?
Here are some key signs of an introverted personality trait:
- Downtime/alone time is the key way you “recharge.” You feel energized by days off, time to yourself, or other forms of relaxation.
- Small talk, meeting strangers, or large gatherings can feel overwhelming.
- This does not mean you don’t like people- it just requires lots of energy from you!
- You like to work independently rather than in groups.
- Talking to strangers is very difficult.
- You tend to listen far more than speaking when in groups.
So what makes a person extroverted?
Here are some key signs of an extrovert personality trait:
- Social settings, crowds, interaction with people, etc is what energizes you and motivates you, it’s how you gain energy.
- You may like to talk out your thoughts, enjoy small talk with strangers, and are often leaders of crowds and groups.
- You may prefer to work in groups or do work that involves interacting with other people than work you do independently.
- Talking to strangers gives you high levels of joy.
- You talk more than you listen when in groups.
Whichever category you fall into is completely normal! It is neither better to be extroverted or introverted- simply just part of what makes you..you! Knowing how you recharge, find motivation, and interact with the world around you can be a huge help to navigating choices you make in your life.
Introversion and Depression (and other mental health issues).
So while many introverts may be rejoicing in their newfound increased alone time, we do want to make sure that people are not falling into symptoms of depression. Social isolation is a risk factor for depression according to the American Psychological Association. So wha