Introverts are often misunderstood
and get a bad rep for being standoffish, snobby and disinterested.
The list can go on for miles.
It’s funny how much silence can stand out
like a sore thumb and be interpreted.
But that’s all these are:
wild theories people concoct in their heads to fill up the gaps
because they’re hungry for answers.
Let’s get one thing straight though:
depression and introversion are not the same thing.
And depression certainly doesn’t discriminate upon personality types.
各种年龄 性别 体型 肤色的
A fair share of extroverts and ambiverts of
all ages, genders, shapes, sizes and color
struggle or have struggled with this mood disorder.
It doesn’t just choose one kind of prey to feed on.
As long as we’re all living and breathing,
we are all susceptible to it,
whether it’s situational or lifelong.
但是例如基因 创伤 不幸和季节改变等因素
But factors such as genetics, trauma, grief and seasonal changes
make it easier for one to develop depression.
But interestingly enough,
although introversion is often mislabeled for depression,
some research supports the idea that
introverts are more likely to develop depression and anxiety than extroverts.
Why is this?
Well, according to research director Robert McPeak,
he believes that introverts are
more self-critical about their performances than extroverts are.
Jennifer Granneman, founder of the online community, “Introvert Dear”
also believes that living in a world that
overstimulates and demands a lot from introverts to conform to extraversion
would only promote more negative self-talk.
Instead of adding more pressure on introverts,
let’s try to promote self-acceptance, shall we?
We can do that first by understanding them better.
Although introverts may be quiet and prefer solitude,
their minds are quite the opposite: loud, sharp and chaotic.
They often have rich inner worlds.
This is where they may harbor dark thoughts and conflicting emotions
since they have a habit of working their problems out independently.
Since overthinking can trigger feelings of low self-esteem and guilt,
this can cause them to isolate themselves further
when they believe they don’t deserve to be loved.
When introverts start disconnecting,
it makes it hard to receive positive affirmations from others.
Thus, they become more susceptible to depression
while extroverts prefer to seek company when they’re troubled.
But, here’s something else to consider:
do introverts need to be as happy as extroverts often strive to be?
Boston College psychologist Maya Tamir did a series of studies
that proved introverts would rather maintain a neutral emotional state
when they were presented tasks,
such as giving a speech or taking a test that involved rational thinking.
Meanwhile, extroverts preferred to be stimulated by happy thoughts
in order to complete the same tasks.
This concludes that introverts simply don’t need the same kind of entertainment extroverts crave.
But, that doesn’t mean they don’t need social interactions.
They just prefer not to go out of their way for small talk
and would rather stick around for more depth and meaning.
What do you think?
Are you an introvert?
Have you struggled with depression?
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