He explained that one of the reasons introverts love alone time has to do with how we respond to rewards. But researchers believe that introverts are wired to respond differently than extroverts to rewards. Compared to the more outgoing among us, we “quiet ones” are simply less motivated and energized by rewards.
Why is alone time important for introverts?
We all need a little space to mentally process life and recharge so we can function at our best and enjoy time with others. Its just that introverts may need more of it. For introverts, time alone is as essential as sleeping or eating. Not getting enough can cause frustration, resentment, and fatigue to set in.
What happens if introverts dont get alone time?
If an introvert doesnt get that, their energy levels deteriorate, leading to mental and emotional (as well as physical) exhaustion. This can lead to feelings of numbness, irritability, or depression. Too much socializing and insufficient alone time is similar to too much work and too little self-care and playtime.
Can introverts have too much alone time?
For those of you who work from home or who live alone (and particularly for those of you for whom both are true!), I want to make it very clear that it is definitely possible for an introvert to get too much alone time. All humans need significant social interactions, including introverts.
How much alone time does an introvert need?
According to The Rest Test, a full 68 percent of people (both introverts and extroverts) say they want more rest. The average amount people said theyd gotten the previous day was 3 hours, yet the amount linked to a high sense of well-being is 5-6 hours.