What Is It Like to Be an Introvert During Lockdown

Several countries in the world have been going through multiple lockdowns this year due to the pandemic, taking away people’s freedom by limiting social gatherings (among other things). When I discuss the situation with people around me, it becomes quite clear not everyone copes the same way. How come? I think we find isolation more or less difficult depending on if we are an introvert or an extrovert by nature, this key aspect of our personality is now standing out more than it ever did.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

What’s the difference between the two and how do you know if you are an introvert or an extrovert? Well, it’s quite simple. Introverts don’t mind spending time alone, they need to retreat to their cave to recharge their batteries. Extroverts are quite the opposite: they love being surrounded by people, that’s what really fills them up. It’s a pretty basic explanation but if you want to dig deeper, the most famous personality test uses the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. There are 16 personality types and you can find out which one you are by answering several questions, it’s free and it takes roughly 10 minutes. According to this test, I’m an “Advocate” (INFJ profile) and 76% introverted.

What is it like to be an introvert

I’ve always known I was an introvert, I never found it hard to be on my own and I’m pretty much always among the first ones to leave a party when I’ve had enough. I would then need to reenergize with very little interaction with the world. So when the first lockdown happened in the UK 8 months ago, I found it quite peaceful and relaxing. Especially after being abroad for several months prior to that. Of course I miss not being able to go wherever I want, whenever I want, but I wouldn’t say I miss social events so much. I even dread video calls as I find them exhausting, they drain my energy.

Boundaries are important

Before I quit my job last year to go travelling, I was working in a company full of extroverts. It’s difficult to adapt when the majority of your colleagues, as well as the management team, are outspoken and loud. They don’t always let you speak even if you have (more interesting) things to say. Then it hits your self-confidence and your self-worth, to a point you start doubting yourself on the quality of your contribution. Boundaries are very important because they protect you from being abused. People with poor boundaries confuse the feelings of others with their own feelings and it’s not healthy. So in a way, I sometimes feel like this lockdown has allowed me to take the time to centre myself a bit more, which was much needed. Is it selfish to say that?

Lockdown can be a blessing for some

Today, the British Government has announced the national lockdown in England will end next week and we will be back to a tougher tier system. London will be back in tier 2, which means we’re not allowed to mix with any other household indoors except for only 5 days during Christmas. It seems likely to last until March/April 2021 (with better weather and hopefully a new vaccine). Personally, I see the next 4 months as an opportunity to focus on some things that are easily neglected when too busy: eat healthy, sleep more, go out for a wander, phone or text family & friends who live far away.

What’s your personality type and how do you cope with the current situation?

Big Girl x

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  1. It took the pandemic to show me that I too am an introvert. Here in the US we are not going under another lockdown, as we need to, because no one will step up to the plate and do it. It is very maddening to see the numbers where they are and steadily climbing. Folks were asked to stay home for Thanksgiving, and instead we had record travel numbers. The US is currently an infuriating place to live…

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    1. A lot of people here are against lockdown but I think it’s necessary, even if it hurts the economy. But clearly we don’t all cope with it the same way and “socialites” must have a hard time with it. It seems very scary to live in the US right now! I hope you stay safe…

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  2. I’m an INT-J πŸ™‚ and when I was laid off for 3 months I LOVED it. I’m so happy in my own company I could go for days without talking to anyone. It sounds kinda sad doesn’t it?

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    1. Yes I’m sure it sounds sad for most people to not talk to anyone for days… Not to me though, I’ve always been fine with my own company so I understand! I’m the perfect stereotype of a crazy cat lady with my 2 cats haha. Thankfully my partner is also an introvert and we’re finding isolation quite “easy” indeed!

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  3. I think I’m likely an extrovert, I love company and chatting with friends and making information connections at work. But, honestly, I’ve loved lockdown too. It’s just been so unpressured, almost relaxed, and I’ve enjoyed not having to go places or see people. No worrying about what to wear or afterward, whether I said the wrong thing or didn’t say the right thing, if I shared too much or didn’t sympathise. Yeah, don’t know what my point is except to say, me too.

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    1. Are you sure, you sound like an introvert to me… You can be introvert and very sociable πŸ™‚ Maybe take the personality test to be sure, it’s quite interesting! I’m glad you’re not suffering from the lockdown either, it’s good to hear a lot of positive things have emerged from a pretty bad situation!

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        1. I completely agree… Sometimes you subconsciously answer what you want to be, rather than what you really are, because it’s more flattering. But if you really pause and reflect on each question you should be able to be honest πŸ™‚ It’s worth doing because then they give you so much information about yourself, I find it fascinating. Knowing yourself well is so important in my opinion. If you do it then I’m curious to know if the results surprise you or not.

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  4. A lot of people here are against lockdown but I think it’s necessary, even if it hurts the economy. But clearly we don’t all cope with it the same way and “socialites” must have a hard time with it. It seems very scary to live in the US right now! I hope you stay safe…

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  5. Yes I’m sure it sounds sad for most people to not talk to anyone for days… Not to me though, I’ve always been fine with my own company so I understand! I’m the perfect stereotype of a crazy cat lady with my 2 cats haha. Thankfully my partner is also an introvert and we’re finding isolation quite “easy” indeed!

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  6. Are you sure, you sound like an introvert to me… You can be introvert and very sociable πŸ™‚ Maybe take the personality test to be sure, it’s quite interesting! I’m glad you’re not suffering from the lockdown either, it’s good to hear a lot of positive things have emerged from a pretty bad situation!

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