This Is How You Know You're A Writer. But Also? An Introvert.
It takes a certain ability to shut off the outside world if you want to write more than a few sentences. John Irving sums it up in just over 1 minute.
As a writer myself, I can attest to what John Irving is saying here.
I see people with headphones on trying to isolate themselves from the world going on around them, and honestly? That doesn't work for me because there's the visual component of other human beings around you.
I have to be alone in order to write. It would seem that most writers agree.
It's a trait owned by introverts as well; for introverts, being around people becomes taxing, and it drains us of energy. The scientific explanation for this revolves around dopamine, the neurotransmitter that helps to control the pleasure and reward centers of your brain.
Extroverts need more dopamine to feel it, and it keeps them going in those situations — energizes them, even. Introverts are overwhelmed by dopamine, and overstimulated by it, needing solitude to make it dissipate.
Here's how John Irving (The World According To Garp, The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meaney) knew — at an early age — that he needed time alone.
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Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
The climate change we're witnessing is more dramatic than we might think.
A lazy buzz phrase – 'Is this the new normal?' – has been doing the rounds as extreme climate events have been piling up over the past year. To which the riposte should be: it's worse than that – we're on the road to even more frequent, more extreme events than we saw this year.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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