Coffee And Introverts

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Introverts, Drinking Black Coffee May Not Be The Best For You

IntrovertsIn a study done by Psychologist Brian Little, he suggests that for introverts, coffee may not be the best for you…

…In his book Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being Brian offers up the findings that introverts and extroverts are different when it comes to coffee.

If you are in introvert, like me, then it does feel a tad bit unfair to know that our extroverted counterparts are once again soaking up all of the fun.

“After ingesting about two cups of coffee, extraverts carry out tasks more efficiently, whereas introverts perform less well. This deficit is magnified if the task they are engaging in is quantitative and if it is done under timepressure. 

For an introvert, an innocent couple cups of coffee before a meeting may prove challenging, particularly if the purpose of the meeting is a rapid-fire discussion of budget projections, data analysis, or similar quantitative concerns. In the same meeting, an extraverted colleague is likely to benefit from a caffeine kick. ” – Brian Little

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Why Introverts Should Be Limited On Coffee Consumption

IntrovertsIt boils down to the two personalities and how each is stimulated in the brain.

As reported by Science of Us, Introverts are easily stimulated by caffeine, their environments and recreational substances such as store-bought fat burners.

Extroverts on the other hand are much harder to stimulate and so they can afford that extra cup of coffee.

Introverts should not stay away from coffee just because they get too hyped up too quickly, but because it moves them away from optimal performance mentally and physically.

One small example would be like if you put an introvert into a crowded room.  They become often times overstimulated and shut down.  Too much coffee can have the same results on an introverted drinker, or help them get to that overloaded state.

Introverts that are overstimulated may experience the following:

  • Social Shutdown
  • Stress Eating
  • Caffeine Induced Panic/Anxiety Attacks

So introvert, next time you go to an office meeting maybe you should skip that second cup of coffee.

Why Introverts And Extroverts Are Different With Coffee Stimulation

IntrovertsThere is a standing theory by Hans Eysenck in Northwestern University which suggests that Introverts are overstimulated by their surroundings and environment. 

Extroverts on the other hand apparently are stimulated less by their surroundings and environment.

The research was held by William Revelle at the same university.  For the sake of understanding, imagine this…

…Imagine there is a baseline, or an “average” for how stimulated we should be.  Extroverts hover right around that mark, and have a harder time shifting.  Introverts are easily stimulated and actually, and very quickly overstimulated by things, counting caffeine.

I myself find this to be true.  While I score an ENFP-A personality type (find yours here) I am almost equally split between being an introvert, and an extrovert.  When I drink coffee I personally find it easy to be overstimulated and would truthfully consider myself an introvert.

What is your experience?

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When Introverts Should Drink Coffee

This part is easy because there is science to this, as well as personal experience that backs this up.

According to science, an introvert should consider never drinking coffee before an important event such as:

  • performances of any type
  • work meetings
  • loud environments
  • parties
  • Romantic Dates

Essentially you should drink coffee later in the day when a lot of stressful performance based activities are over and finishedWhile not all introverts react the same and some do not need to actually follow this, it is a blanket claim over the introvert personality as a whole.

Try drinking coffee and find out when you personally thrive from caffeine, and when to scale back.  Basically, find out how to make your coffee consumption optimal according to your schedule and life.



Stay Caffeinated My Friends

-Caden Strause


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