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    How long can you go without social interaction?


    My longest was basically the whole year on my own and I did not have a problem with that in that moment. (no family, no friends, no job, only student in the class but even that was only 4 months in a year, always driving in empty public buses ... etc.)


    How long can you go without alone time?

    A few days if I really like the people. If not even the 15 minutes can be too much.
    I have a ability to be with people but not be mentaly there with them ... and this factor can greatly prolonge social time for me as an introverted person.


    What situations drain you the most--clubs, seminars, a weekend alone, parties, etc?

    Unwanted situations do not really drain me, they annoy me. (and that can be draining)
    But this depends on the specifics: do I like the people there, do I like the music at the party, is this seminar something that interest me or the lecturer just sucks ... etc.



    What energizes you?

    Moving towards my goals, twisted humor, making plans for the whole group, science/technology talk, field trips/adventures, board games ...



    How long does it take to recover from a draining situation?

    Depends.
    However I can often just say to myself "this sucks" in unwaned/boring situations in which there is a lot of people I don't really know. Therefore I usually just go away without goodbye and I get instant recharge of energy as I go throughout door(s).

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    How long can you go without social interaction?

    This very much depends on whether we are talking large scale social interaction, or smaller scale. Small scale social interaction with intimates is vital for me on a daily basis-- I get very bull-in-a-china-shop if I'm not meeting up with, or at least connecting with close friends throughout the week. Large scale social interaction on the other hand, I could go without for awhile (as long as I have the intimate relationship time that I need). I have found that at times when I don't have the former, I turn to the latter (larger social environments) to get the intimacy I need.


    How long can you go without alone time?

    I can be in small community for a long time without needing alone time. I'd probably need it once in awhile, to journal and process, maybe like an hour or two each day.


    What situations drain you the most--clubs, seminars, a weekend alone, parties, etc?

    I do get physically and mentally tired after being in large social environments for a whole day, or after being in the city. That said, I feel very negative if I'm totally alone too long (like more than a day without interacting at depth with another individual), but it's not draining-- more like frustrated or agitated. I think it's the need to get my Sx fix.

    What energizes you?

    Deep conversations about the inner workings of people and relationships. Creating, be it writing, painting, dance, constructing or simply allowing a vision to fall together-- I love doing this collaboratively (with specific individuals). Doing things with friends (individuals or small groups) out in nature, hiking, swimming, going new places, driving around. Basically anything that knits people together and allows for an environment of vulnerability and conversation.

    How long does it take to recover from a draining situation? Recovering from being in a city, or in a large social setting for a whole day usually involves a nap, eating food, writing, reading, etc. It doesn't usually take more than a day for me to bounce back, but it might be at least a week before I go back to the city...
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    Quote Originally Posted by themightyfetus View Post
    How long can you go without social interaction? How long can you go without alone time?
    Obviously every human being needs both, but each of us has our own individual threshold. Also, a lot of times it depends on the situation.
    What situations drain you the most--clubs, seminars, a weekend alone, parties, etc? What energizes you? How long does it take to recover from a draining situation?
    Though I have huge reserves of mental and emotional energy (one of the few positives to ADHD) - to an extent some have called "scary" - I am without doubt an introvert.

    I think the ideal for me is going out once every two weeks to a month. I really don't need to be around a lot of people to feel happy. Paradoxically, I hate being alone. What is important to me is finding one person, a romantic partner, who I can merge with and invest a lot of energy and time in. Spending time with that someone energizes me, because the emotional intensity is very stimulating. I enjoy being obsessed and consumed, and pushing the boundaries. Being in a group bores and drains me, especially if I can't control the pace. I tend to be a party pooper.

    Attending a social event, I quickly become irritable and restless unless heavily lubricated with alcohol. I need personal space and feel violated around lots of people, especially indoors as I cannot escape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kullervo View Post
    Though I have huge reserves of mental and emotional energy (one of the few positives to ADHD) - to an extent some have called "scary" - I am without doubt an introvert.

    I think the ideal for me is going out once every two weeks to a month. I really don't need to be around a lot of people to feel happy. Paradoxically, I hate being alone. What is important to me is finding one person, a romantic partner, who I can merge with and invest a lot of energy and time in. Spending time with that someone energizes me, because the emotional intensity is very stimulating. I enjoy being obsessed and consumed, and pushing the boundaries. Being in a group bores and drains me, especially if I can't control the pace. I tend to be a party pooper.

    Attending a social event, I quickly become irritable and restless unless heavily lubricated with alcohol. I need personal space and feel violated around lots of people, especially indoors as I cannot escape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Dancing and hiking and exercising with other people, I can just keep going and going. But you don't always have to be talking during those times.
    Yep, add taking trips/traveling, and I'm the same. I have traveled overseas with friends, and also gone camping with friends, and there's time where no one's talking and it's just doing activities and sharing experiences together, I can do this for weeks and I don't feel drained. (so we might be in the same physical space, each reading or chit chatting now and then, and that works for me)

    But for me, being with people with the express purpose of just talking, like meeting for coffee or going out for dinner, I can get 'drained' after a few hours, or quickly if I don't feel there's a connection. But for me that probably has more to do with my having anxiety around not having anything else to say, depending. Otoh, I've sometimes had conversations for hours and it's been ok, just depends on the situation. But as a general rule it's the conversation thing that can wear me out, not actually being with people or doing activities.

    Re being alone, one day is fine, two might be ok, but by the second day I would really have a need to get out and at least do something, just by myself at home on day 2 is usually not a good thing.
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    I can potentially go for days, potentially weeks on end. When I have had days or hours of alone time, and someone interrupts, I still feel invaded upon. I do like spending time with people but it has it's limits. With people who I like, I can spend hours with them, maybe roughly a day or two.

    I'm not a happy camper if it goes on for too long. I get very easily overwhelmed and drained with interaction, especially if people keep on going on about topics I'm not really interested in, or if certain personalities are involved.
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    How long can you go without social interaction?

    Probably a week I'd say? After that, I wouldn't want to be showered with attention, but it'd feel eerie with no people in the house. I'd miss the bf most of course. Do online interactions count? I have a higher threshold for online interactions, but even online ones get tiring. I'd say a week for those too. I'd miss my pets more quickly then I'd miss humans-I could probably go 2 days without my pets at the most then start getting antsy.

    How long can you go without alone time?

    A few hours at the most. Even with people I like, I get drained quickly and want to go hide in the bathroom. It might sound dramatic, but it's hard for to me to genuinely enjoy socializing a lot of the time.

    What situations drain you the most--clubs, seminars, a weekend alone, parties, etc?

    Parties. There was a party at my dorm a couple weeks ago and I remember I walked in and people were screaming and so I was about to scoot out. Then the RD was like, "Are you gonna stay?", so I just shimmied in and got some food, and I did come for the presents(I got an ice chipper). Then she was like, "I'm so glad you came!", cause I was basically known as a hermit. Clubs can be draining too, but hey, I joined them for a reason, so a little less. Group projects are also pretty draining as well as visiting people and/or having visitors(though I like exploring people's houses).

    What energizes you? How long does it take to recover from a draining situation?

    Watching a good show, seeing new places, music to dance to, making art, gaming, drinking some tea and relaxing on the couch. Recharging, a good 5-10 hours.
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    How long can you go without social interaction?
    I'm counting even online interactions. A couple of weeks. I've gone at least a month and was OK (if it's just not talking).

    How long can you go without alone time?
    5 DAYS IS REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY PUSHING IT. And that's just lax interaction. That also depends on how much / how intensely the interaction happens- if it's say, a party, don't expect to hear from me anymore for a few days, AT LEAST 2.

    What situations drain you the most--clubs, seminars, a weekend alone, parties, etc?
    If it's loud and/or high-activity in general. I find that things like seminars, classes, etc where you don't actually have to talk are okay, especially if it's about something I like.

    What energizes you?
    Sometimes I get quite inspired, and can go on a spree. It can be any spree. But those sprees usually do not involve people. Recharging is a type of energizing I guess, so, just generally spending time alone. I find that I more often wish I had lesser interaction than more. It's like trying to cut back on food while you're almost constantly being overfed. Ick.

    How long does it take to recover from a draining situation?
    Depends on how draining it is. I definitely need at least my weekends (so, 2 days) to myself and sometimes after a lot of interaction within the week, even that isn't enough. I can take days, or just completely refuse social interaction for weeks. I already have too much- more than enough.
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    How long can you go without social interaction?
    No idea. I suspect I could go without in person social interaction for quite some time - weeks, months perhaps. I can tolerate and enjoy more online interaction with specific people whose comany I appreciate.

    How long can you go without alone time?
    I need some every day, to avoid becoming overly stressed and irritable.

    What situations drain you the most--clubs, seminars, a weekend alone, parties, etc?
    Anything with crowds, especially when loud. Anything where I have to interact alot, as opposed to staying quietly on the sidelines. Anything where I have limited control of the conditions - e.g. when I must arrive, when I can leave, what I am expected to do there, etc.

    What energizes you?
    Being able to pursue interesting ideas and projects. Getting things that are important to me done.

    How long does it take to recover from a draining situation?
    Depends. Can take several days if the situation is prolonged and extreme, or if it is a series of events. For instance, I had to play for two Christmas Eve services, and then attend a party. I was absolutely wiped out the next day, and still tired the following day.
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