Extroverts have Less Cognitive Decline?

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11 Apr 2022, 3:08 pm

Doesn't sound well for us aging Aspies...

https://edition.cnn.com/2022/04/11/heal ... index.html



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11 Apr 2022, 3:30 pm

What about me? I'm an ambivert (a shy extrovert, or an outgoing introvert).


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11 Apr 2022, 3:47 pm

Of course I wouldn't have the kind of personality that protects my brain.
Or more accurately, protects me *from* my brain.



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11 Apr 2022, 4:24 pm

Probably because extraverts have less intellect to begin with. Lol!



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11 Apr 2022, 4:26 pm

You can be a facultative extrovert, I can turn it on/off like a tap.



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11 Apr 2022, 5:03 pm

My husband's Alzheimer's doctor said the single best type of brain exercise is socializing.

So it might not be the personality trait of extroversion protects against cognitive decline, but the tendency to have more socializing is the secret medicine.

If so, you can still be good if you force your introverted self to get out and socialize!


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11 Apr 2022, 5:10 pm

I heard crosswords and other puzzles are good for exercising the brain. I never heard that socialising is. Still, I suppose someone from an autism forum would hear that from a doctor. :roll:

Why do NTs die then if they have all the best qualities in the world to keep them thriving? Why do autistics live past 25 years old if we're lacking all those things that make humans live until they're 100?

Actually, does internet socialising count? Also does having an intimate relationship with a loving partner count? And does phoning relatives most days and having an hour-long chat count?

Two things:-

1. If only going out to huge parties and bars and nightclubs count as socialising then if the pandemic lasted longer then won't everyone be getting Alzheimer's?

2. Most NTs like to get intoxicated when they're socialising, so that kind of defeats the object right there. I heard alcohol can do more damage than being an introvert. I'm teetotal, I don't drink at all.

I need to stay away from autism forums more. Still, I'm glad people in this thread seem to chill about your impending doom. Have fun having Alzheimer's.


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11 Apr 2022, 5:11 pm

Indeed.....I haven't really socialized much in person-----though I "socialize" considerably on places like WP.

I feel like my memory has declined slightly. I'm worried that I might get Alzheimer's. My mother is 87, and she doesn't really have the best memory, or the best judgment----though she has "islets of ability."

Maybe I should "go out more."



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11 Apr 2022, 5:36 pm

BeaArthur wrote:
My husband's Alzheimer's doctor said the single best type of brain exercise is socializing.

So it might not be the personality trait of extroversion protects against cognitive decline, but the tendency to have more socializing is the secret medicine.

If so, you can still be good if you force your introverted self to get out and socialize!

Does this also account for the high risk, low reward scheme/low skill, high challenge experiences that would cause burnout experienced in "too much" socializing while interacting in manual gears and years of zero personal synchronization/social resonance aka positive social experience?


Anyways...
The question isn't for me, having too many sources of socialization myself. :lol:
Though the types of interactions I truly enjoy rarely ever happens. Not even with the most interacted and the closest ones to me.

The rest is basically noise, hoops to go through and for conveniences sake.

I become more of an extrovert at a certain period of time, then loses it right after and only to come back after a while...
I've yet to figure it out why. It's frustrating.


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