Are all empaths introverts?
Answer: An empath can be an introvert or an extrovert, though most are introverts. Empaths can have different styles of socializing and interacting with the world. Introverted empaths, like me, have a minimal tolerance for socializing and small talk. They tend to be quieter at gatherings and prefer leaving early. Often they arrive in their own cars so they don’t feel trapped or dependent on others for a ride.
I love my close circle of friends and mostly stay away from big parties or gatherings. I also don’t like small talk, and I’ve never learned to do it, which is common for the introvert type. I can socialize in groups for usually two to three hours before I feel overstimulated. My friends all know this about me and don’t take it personally if I excuse myself early.
In contrast, empaths who are extroverts are more verbal and interactive when socializing and enjoy the banter with others who are introverts. They also can stay longer in social situations without getting exhausted or overstimulated.
Recently there has been scientific studies on the effects of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that increases the activity of neurons and is associated with the pleasure response. Research has shown that an introvert tends to have a higher sensitivity to dopamine than an extrovert. Basically, an introvert needs less dopamine to feel happy. That could explain why they are more content with alone time, reading, and meditation and need less external stimulation from parties and other large social gatherings. In contrast, extroverts crave the dopamine rush from lively events. In fact, they can’t get enough of it.
To learn more about other types of empaths such as physical, intuitive, emotional, plant, dream, earth, and animal empaths check out my book The Empath’s Survival Guide.
Embrace your sensitivities,