Coronavirus for introverts: Quarantine can be a liberation

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I'm an introvert, although I enjoy being social. A common misconception about introverts, is that they dislike being social, but really we simply don't ''recharge'' by being social. We prefer our quiet space and alone time, when it comes to destressing, recharging, and reflecting. Most of my friends are extroverts, and self-isolating has been a bit of a challenge for them. But, it ain't no thang for us introverts.  Wink


https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articl...liberation
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(Mar 28, 2020 07:13 PM)Leigha Wrote: I'm an introvert, although I enjoy being social. A common misconception about introverts, is that they dislike being social, but really we simply don't ''recharge'' by being social. We prefer our quiet space and alone time, when it comes to destressing, recharging, and reflecting. Most of my friends are extroverts, and self-isolating has been a bit of a challenge for them. But, it ain't no thang for us introverts.  Wink


https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articl...liberation

My son is definitely an extrovert. He said to me the other day, "Hey, where are you going? We’re having some great mother-son time. Don’t leave." It was really out of character. He’s actually starting to enjoy the company of his parents, believe it or not.

Like the article said, we still like to maintain our close relationships, though. I’m guilty of this. I’m still spending time with my best friend. We’ve been sneaking off on hiking adventures. There are lots of really remote areas near here. Next week, it’s supposed to warm up and we’re planning to hike to a secret waterfall that I stumbled on. We’re miles away from other people but we are still spending time together. I’d lose my mind otherwise.
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Question: If the USA goes thru this pandemic 10X worse or more than any other nation, will their surviving citizens be of stronger/healthier stock than anywhere else? Will they be healthier before the nations who slowed down the virus get passed it? Will they remain healthier than other nations long after its over and other nations still recovering?
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Comparing the US to other nations, like EU nations, is not a good comparison. EU countries are comparable to US states, in both size and populations. So just like some European countries are faring especially poorly, some US states are as well. That does not reflect on the whole US any more than a handful of EU nations reflect on the whole EU.

Not to mention the death rate per million of population is much lower in the US.
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(Mar 28, 2020 07:13 PM)Leigha Wrote: I'm an introvert, although I enjoy being social. A common misconception about introverts, is that they dislike being social, but really we simply don't ''recharge'' by being social. We prefer our quiet space and alone time, when it comes to destressing, recharging, and reflecting. Most of my friends are extroverts, and self-isolating has been a bit of a challenge for them. But, it ain't no thang for us introverts.  Wink


https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articl...liberation

Blaise Pascal: "All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone."

(Arguably one of those many modified quotations down through the generations. Not the actual version or the most precise translation.)
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One thing I’ve noticed since self imposed isolation began is that I’m not getting any spam emails. Haven’t had any in over a week. What gives?
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(Mar 28, 2020 07:51 PM)Secular Sanity Wrote:
(Mar 28, 2020 07:13 PM)Leigha Wrote: I'm an introvert, although I enjoy being social. A common misconception about introverts, is that they dislike being social, but really we simply don't ''recharge'' by being social. We prefer our quiet space and alone time, when it comes to destressing, recharging, and reflecting. Most of my friends are extroverts, and self-isolating has been a bit of a challenge for them. But, it ain't no thang for us introverts.  Wink


https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articl...liberation

My son is definitely an extrovert. He said to me the other day, "Hey, where are you going? We’re having some great mother-son time. Don’t leave." It was really out of character. He’s actually starting to enjoy the company of his parents, believe it or not.

Like the article said, we still like to maintain our close relationships, though. I’m guilty of this. I’m still spending time with my best friend. We’ve been sneaking off on hiking adventures. There are lots of really remote areas near here. Next week, it’s supposed to warm up and we’re planning to hike to a secret waterfall that I stumbled on. We’re miles away from other people but we are still spending time together. I’d lose my mind otherwise.

I agree with you, definitely miss barbeques and get togethers with friends. I don't think there's anything wrong if you ''know'' that a friend you might meet up with has been self-isolating the majority of the time, except running to the store perhaps for groceries, etc. We are creatures in need of companionship, but I don't personally ''recharge'' in that way. However, I'm pretty well recharged now and could use a party or two, when the time comes.  Big Grin I hope you enjoy your hikes! 
(Mar 28, 2020 09:38 PM)Zinjanthropos Wrote: Question: If the USA goes thru this pandemic 10X worse or more than any other nation, will their surviving citizens be of stronger/healthier stock than anywhere else? Will they be healthier before the nations who slowed down the virus get passed it? Will they remain healthier than other nations long after its over and other nations still recovering?
Well, hard to say...I've read that there are people in China who had the virus, and are now ''getting it again.'' I don't know where the world as a whole will be, if this virus goes for a round two.
(Mar 29, 2020 03:26 AM)C C Wrote:
(Mar 28, 2020 07:13 PM)Leigha Wrote: I'm an introvert, although I enjoy being social. A common misconception about introverts, is that they dislike being social, but really we simply don't ''recharge'' by being social. We prefer our quiet space and alone time, when it comes to destressing, recharging, and reflecting. Most of my friends are extroverts, and self-isolating has been a bit of a challenge for them. But, it ain't no thang for us introverts.  Wink


https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articl...liberation

Blaise Pascal: "All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone."

(Arguably one of those many modified quotations down through the generations. Not the actual version or the most precise translation.)
I really like that quote, and wholeheartedly agree. I think the busy-ness that we find ourselves enslaved to on a daily basis, doesn't allow for enough self-reflection. Or maybe people purposely over-schedule themselves so they have excuses as to why they have ''no time to themselves.'' And then when they do find time, or time finds them...they struggle with the quiet. I used to be this way, actually. But, now I enjoy journaling, and spending time with my own thoughts, going over the events of the day in gratitude, and prayer. This works for me, and while others may not pray, it's important to find time to reset. I guess if one is an extrovert though, he/she resets through interacting with others.
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