Introversion: A Comic About People and Silence

is a fantastic comic by Luchie that really captures what it feels like to be an introvert. I’m not sure if I was an introverted kid or not – growing up, I remember parties and large groups, and hanging out with a select set of friends.

I can say that I noticed stronger introverted tendencies when I was in college and grad school, with me preferring solitude over parties at times. And the older I get, the hard the pull/push between social events versus personal time.

I’m not sure if it was Glenn Gould who came up with this, or if it was just a theory mentioned in Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould – something where for each hour spent around other people, an equal or greater amount of time is needed in solitude to kind of “balance” things out.

Extroverts get their energy from being around other people, and introverts feel drained by the social experience. I think I still find parties and the like very fun and entertaining, but it comes at a cost that doesn’t seem to impact non-introverts as much.

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