I am Bipolar.
I am an introvert.
I have been wondering how many other people who are Bipolar are introverts as well. As I have looked around the internet world, I notice that there are quite a few others who claim to be the same. I wonder if there is any sort of connection.
For myself, I have realized that there is so much stimulation in my brain ..racing, crowded thoughts, enhanced senses, commotion, energy, etc. when I am dealing with my hypo/mania bipolar symptoms, that when I am well I just want a calm environment around me. Maybe I have equated a lot of simulation with my illness and calmness with being well… so I gravitate to calmness as much as I can. I don’t know, just a theory.
Even as a little girl , I was always talked about as the “shy” girl. And I loathed when I heard my teachers, even my parents describe me as such. Because I wasn’t really shy. I was quiet, and I believe there is a real difference. I watched and observed everyone and everything. More quizzical, less vocal. Did I hate standing up in from the class, yes. Was I uncomfortable in big groups of people, yes.. but I wouldn’t call me shy. Just like now, I am more quiet in unfamiliar situations and rarely found in large groups. But if by chance I am at a party or with a big group of friends I would be the one in the back, just watching and listening to what everyone else is saying… drinking a Diet Coke. It takes a lot of energy from me in order to spend time in that type of scene. But spend some time with me one on one and you may be surprised at the person who comes out.
I thought this was pretty well written, and I loved the graphics then went along with it. Worth a read:
- According to The Introvert Advantage by Marti Olsen Laney, introverts have a longer neural pathway for processing stimuli. Information runs through a pathway that is associated with long term memory and planning. In other words, it’s more complicatedfor introverts to process interactions and events. As they process information, introverts are carefully attending to their internal thoughts and feelings at the same time.
- According to studies by psychologist Hans Eysenck, introverts require less stimulation from the world in order to be awake and alert than extroverts do. This means introverts are more easily over-stimulated.
- The flip side of introverts’ sensitivity to dopamine is that they need less of it to feel happy. Extroverts’ brains run on an energy-spending nervous system, whereas introverts’ brains run on an energy-conserving nervous system. This is why introverts feel content and energized when reading a book, thinking deeply, or diving into their rich inner world of ideas.
- Introverts’ brains aren’t as strongly rewarded for gambling or taking risks as extroverts’ brains are. The brain’s reward and pleasure system is activated by dopamine neurotransmitters. Scientists found that extroverts’ brains responded with more pleasure to positive gambling results. In other words, introverts feel less excitementfrom surprise or risk.
- The introvert’s brain treats interactions with people at the same intensity level that it treats encounters with inanimate objects. Introverts process everything in their surroundings and pay attention to all the sensory details in the environment, not just the people.
- As introverts are thinking, they reach back into long-term memory to locate information. An introvert will often compare old and new experiences when making a decision, which slows the processing down but leads to carefully thought-out decisions.This means that introverts have an active dialogue with themselves and usually walk around with many thoughts in their minds.
Just thought these were funny: