Introvert Hangovers Are Real, and They're Debilitating


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In a recent post on the blog Introvert, Dear, writer Shawna Courter chronicles her experience with what she calls an "introvert hangover." After too much social stimulation via a Christmas party–turned–family reunion, Courter recounts her experience of slipping off into a quiet, dark room in order to relax and recharge her batteries alone. The post has since been lauded by New York Magazine as an accurate interpretation of how it feels to be an introvert, lending legitimacy to the term "introvert hangover" in the process.

Here's how Courter describes an introvert hangover: "Introverts have a more limited ration of energy available for socializing, compared to our more extroverted counterparts. When we push past those reserves, we hit a tipping point where we go from being 'fine' to 'definitely not okay.' An 'introvert' hangover is, simply put, a withdrawal into oneself brought on by overstimulation." Some introverts even experience physical symptoms, more similar to an actual hangover. "I might need a whole day to myself to recharge after a party, and really feel like I was hungover: headache, nausea, fatigue, the whole [shebang]," wrote one commenter. Many others speak of this day-long recovery process after a night out, choosing to spend the next night alone in order to recuperate.

As a more extroverted person myself, I find this experience difficult to relate to. That being said, admissions like Courter's do help to bridge the gap between introverts and extroverts, helping more outgoing people to understand the need to recharge after socializing, and vice-versa. 

Have you ever experienced an introvert hangover? Share your experience below, and test out the Cloak app to recover from your latest bender.