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January 2011



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Party Survival Tactics for Introverts

How to live a quiet life in a noisy world

It’s time for introverts to review all their party-survival tactics.

My husband and threw a small party, a brunch, the other day. An introvert throwing a party? Yep. I’m not antisocial. I like seeing friends and offering hospitality. And in some ways, throwing a party is easier than attending someone else’s. For one thing, when I need to check out of the chitchat, I can busy myself with hostess duties–refilling food or drinks, mopping up spills, general tidying. Plus, I usually know everyone at my own parties, which makes mingling less awkward for me.

Still, a party is a party and I anticipated this party with the usual combination of pleasure, high anxiety, and pre-emptive exhaustion. But this time, while I prepared the food, I also prepared myself, thinking about how I could manage my psychic energy.

Read in Full: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-introverts-corner/200911/party-survival-tactics-introverts

The Introvert’s Party Predicament

by Sophia Dembling

Few situations are more fraught for introverts than parties.

Sarah thought crowds were exciting. She liked to meet new people. She was fond of parties, even cocktail parties. You’d have to be crazy to like cocktail parties, Macon thought–those scenes of confusion she used to drag him to, where he was made to feel guilty if he managed by some fluke to get involved in a conversation of any depth. “Circulate. Circulate,” Sarah would hiss, passing behind him with her drink.
–from The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler



Few situations are more fraught for the introvert.

I went to a big, festive party the other day. It was full of happy people, most of whom I don’t know.

I failed this party miserably.

I walked into the large, crowded, noisy room and shut down. Just shut down. It was terrible. I was awkward, my chitchat was stilted, I was unintentionally rude. forgot people’s names, spent too much time talking to the couple I’d attended the party with, and fled as soon as I could.

Read in Full:  http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-introverts-corner/200909/the-introverts-party-predicament

Introverts prone to more health problems

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

People who experience a lot of negative emotions and do not express these experience more health problems, says Dutch researcher Aline Pelle. She discovered that heart failure patients with a negative outlook reported their complaints to a physician or nurse far less often. The personality of the partner can also exert a considerable influence on these patients.

Aline Pelle investigated patients with a so-called type D personality. These people experience a lot of negative emotions and do not express these for fear of being rejected by others. It was already known that such a type of personality in heart failure patients is associated with anxiety and depression and a reduced state of health. However, Aline Pelle also described which processes might contribute to this.

Many of the patients with a negative outlook were found not to contact the physician or specialist nurse in the event of heart failure symptoms. As a result of this they were six times more likely to experience a worse state of health than non-type D heart failure patients.

Pelle established that not just the patient’s personality but also that of the partner had a significant effect on the patient’s mood. In particular, the combination within the couple proved to be particularly important. Type D patients with a non-type D partner reported the lowest marriage quality, even lower than that of type D patients with a partner with just as negative an outlook.

Although a type D personality is associated with a range of negative health outcomes, Pelle’s results did not demonstrate a correlation with an increased risk of dying from heart failure. This observation refutes the results from a previous study.

Aline Pelle’s research was part of Johan Denollet’s Vici project. He received a Vici grant from NWO’s Innovational Research Incentives Scheme in 2004.

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