Myth #9 Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuropathways. Just look it up.
This is very true for me. I have to be in a certain mood to go to a busy place. Otherwise I get anxious and over-stimulated. I particularly hate loud places while trying to speak with someone. I get very frustrated and that just adds to my anxiety.
Like Carl King suggested, I did look it up and introverts are more sensitive to dopamine. What I also learned is that introverts use a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine in their dominant neuropathways. Whereas dopamine is releases through stimulation, acetylcholine is released when a person is thinking and feeling. It is also less potent you could say, therefore we need more of it to recharge.
This knowledge started me on a thought path about marijuana and introverts. In case you didn’t know THC, the active chemical in marijuana, cause and increase in dopamine which is what gets you “high.” If an introvert were to consume it, would it have a different effect? Would it actually increase anxiety in an introvert since we are sensitive to the chemical? Likewise, is there a drug out there that increases acetylcholine, and how would that effect an introvert?
I’m curious, are there introverts out there that have smoked weed, and what was your reaction? Leave a comment below.