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Is being an introvert or an extrovert influencing how you are handling this pandemic?
Introverts tend to be energized by time alone, while extroverts draw their energy from the outside world: the people, places and things around them.
At the start of the pandemic and subsequent stay-at-home order, many believed introverts would fare better than their extroverted friends who thrive on social interaction. “Introverts, check on your extroverted friends. They are not OK,” quickly became a popular social media meme at the start of the pandemic.
But a 2020 study suggests the opposite, according to a Forbes article. The study, conducted by Virginia-based research consultancy, Greater Divide, surveyed 1,000 American adults and found that those who scored higher on the measure of extroversion were less likely to be experiencing mental health issues due to stay-at-home or quarantine measures.
Some experts contribute the surprising results to extroversion being associated with more positive emotions, optimism and resiliency, while introversion has been linked to more nervousness and fear. The uncertainty of this pandemic may be more difficult for introverts.
While the study suggests that extroverts may be handling the pandemic better than expected, it does not mean they are immune to anxiety or stress from the stay-at-home order. Both personality traits have faced mental health challenges during the quarantine and are stressed in their own ways.
Here are a few ways for both personality traits to better cope during COVID-19:
Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, social distancing from friends and family has likely presented some mental health challenges. Finding ways to connect with others can help with stress, depression and anxiety during the pandemic. Make sure you check in with yourself regularly and reach out for help if you need it.
If you or a member of your family would benefit from working with a therapist, please contact Linden Oaks Behavioral Health at 630-305-5027 for a free behavioral health assessment.
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