The Mindful Survey: All By Myself

Answers from our reader survey on solitude

Do you identify as an introvert or an extrovert?

42% of respondents say they’re primarily introverts, compared to just 10% extroverts. 38% identify with both introverted and extroverted qualities. The last 10% don’t identify with either type.

Do you enjoy being alone?

What do you do when you’re by yourself that you wouldn’t do with company? “Raid the fridge and watch trashy TV.” “Talk to myself.” “Kayak.” “Work in my garden and flower beds, walk my dogs, and play with my cats.” “Most of my work is solitary.” “I meditate, do yoga, and curl up to read a great book.” “Cook something wonderful and eat it!” “Wear only my underwear.” “Dance under the stars on warm summer evenings, and in the living room on cold winter nights.” “Take the time to be with myself. It’s really tough to do that with company.” What’s your favorite thing about being alone? “It helps me reconstruct my world.” “The ability to control the level of noise.” “No pressure to be ‘on’ or polite.” “It makes me feel independent.” “No drama!” “I don’t have to cook.” “I can feel sick and not worry about feeling that way in front of others.” “That ‘ahhhhh’ feeling.”…

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