While many of us admittedly dread doing things solo, the polar opposites at the other end of the spectrum thrive while hibernating alone without having to interact with other human beings. It may seem like these introverts’ need for solitude is putting a damper on your friendship, but psychologists have made it clear that it’s in fact the opposite.
Dr. Jennifer McCarroll, PhD, clarifies that introverts gain energy from being alone, so it’s crucial for them to stay away from social engagements every once in a while. She also points out that we should listen to our bodies more intently, whether you’re an introvert or extrovert – if you feel like you need time alone, take it wholeheartedly.
She continued, “The introvert/extrovert profiles are complicated by the fact that most people are not 100% introvert or extrovert, they lie somewhere on a spectrum, so at times an extrovert may feel grounded by alone time to process something, and most introverts are susceptible to loneliness and need the right kind of social connection to feel satisfied and balanced.”
Everyone needs the time alone to connect with themselves. McCarroll added, “When we’re solitary, we have a much better sense of ourselves. We must schedule solo experiences to stay grounded and in-tune with ourselves.” Thus, forget FOMO and remember – there is no need to feel guilty for wanting to take care of yourself!
Not only does it give you the right environment for clear thinking, it also boosts focus, memory and creativity, besides allowing you to reflect on how much influence other people have over you and your decisions, whether you realise it or not. You are your own person and will eventually learn to form opinions that are 100% you.