They’ll actually feel energized when they leave and won’t need any recovery time.
So, why do I react so differently than my extroverted friends to the same situation?
I’m standing in the crowd in front of the stage at the small gritty music club.
My two friends—both extroverts—are on either side of me, swaying along with the crooning Indie singer and smiling.
This side mobilizes us to discover new things and makes us active, daring, and inquisitive.
The difference is in the activity of the dopamine reward network.
For my extroverted friends, the noise and the crowd at the concert were simply all part of the fun.
In fact, this intensity of stimulation acted as a cue to them that they were achieving their goal (the reward of socializing and a fun night out).
It’s just too much, for too long, for an introvert like me.
I’d rather be in the peaceful solitude of my apartment.