July 1, 2005

Social Fatigue

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at July 1, 2005 5:43 AM

I'd forgotten about this effect, but it used to happen during Rotation at Caltech: after a few days of meeting lots of new people I get mentally fatigued and emotionally drained. This happened Wednesday evening and I became very withdrawn for a while. Fortunately I recovered before the Lucca excursion.

It got me wondering how strong the analogy is to physical fatigue. Certainly if I increased the intensity of my physical activity over several days I would experience something similar, although recovery would take longer. On the other hand, if I were already in good physical condition the same level of exertion wouldn't cause any problems. So, if I were meeting new people on a regular basis, would I be more immune to this kind of burnout? Are more outgoing/extraverted people less susceptible to this? (I imagine so.)


being a person who generally is not very social, and just moved halfway across the country to where i knew no one, and had no artificial social system imposed on me (ie: college) i can attest that when forced to be social, one does get better at it! though i originally had a very difficult time putting myself in social situations (and flat out chickened out on several occasions which are not to be talked about!) i am now much more comfortable (though certainly not on par with a socialite) with going up to people that i don't know and talking to them. now... on the other hand... i do need to go to the gym more...
hope you are having an amazing time! LL

Posted by: kitkat | July 1, 2005 7:46 AM

Read "The Introvert Advantage." It's a little hokey, but not too bad, and it gets into the strengths of introvertedness.

Posted by: Mortaine | July 1, 2005 9:08 AM
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