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Introvert Problems: I’m Addicted To Solitude

November 16, 2018

I could probably hang out here for a few days without seeing too many people. (image via wikimedia)

As an introvert, sometimes my actions are misinterpreted.  When I’m staring blankly, people think I’m zoning out but I’m really processing information.  I mean, sometimes I’m zoning out.  Interactions make me tired, so I need some zone-out time to get my interaction energy back if I’m working with people all day.

Sometimes people misinterpret my addiction to isolation as being anti-social, but that’s not what’s going on.  When I’m by myself, I don’t get as tired.  That’s part of why I’m so comfortable being by myself for long periods of time.

It’s not that I don’t like people.  I like people, and I can work with people, but it makes me more tired than physical labor.  That’s why I like working by myself instead of on a team (when it’s possible).

Being isolated too much can be unhealthy.  I know that, but I still like it.  Maybe I like being alone too much.  I talk about that in the video below, but a lot of my words are imprecise.  That’s why I like writing better than speaking out loud without a script.  Writing by itself, however, doesn’t always have the appeal or impact of the spoken word.

Anyway, I hope what I talk about makes sense, but what do you think?  How unhealthy is it to like being by yourself for long periods of time?  Or is it just AWESOME!!???

From → Dysfunctileaks

14 Comments
  1. Life is short – if being alone makes you happy then I say have at it :O) x

  2. It is awesome but sometimes , for our well-being,we should mingle with others, talk to them, listen.

    • Thanks! The solitude was nice while it lasted, but I’m back in my normal routine with plenty of interactions… for now!

    • Yes Lekha, we definitely need both solitude anf interaction. I lived alone for a while, and I was terribly lonely. Now I live together with others, but spend most of my time alone. I suppose it varies how much we need of each.

  3. Sometimes I only sit there. I can be looking straight at someone and not see them. My thinking cancels out everything else. We need battery recharge downtime. That’s why we sleep. Our subconscious needs time to work uninterupted.
    That’s my feeble understanding of the matter. I hope it made some sense…

  4. Remember Faulkner who said (paraphrased): The reason I divorced my third wife was, she never understood I was working when I was looking out the window.

    • Einstein sat in his comfy chair simply thinking and discovering. Dr House – fictional – lay on the floor and threw a ball at the wall. Doing nuth’n one can be oh so productive…

  5. Madam Mim permalink

    I totally relate to this. My colleagues all want to go have lunch together, hang out after work, and I’m sure they think I’m being anti-social… but I need that time to myself. I get suuuper tired from all the interacting all day…

  6. I enjoy being alone. I, too, am an introvert and feel drained after interacting with people, especially energy vampires. Currently, I’m looking forward to decompressing over the next few days from spending a week visiting family.

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