“After spending time with a group of people, do you feel energized and ready for anything or do you want to hide in the corner with a good book?”Most importantly, its dependent on the type of function and why I’d be there. If it were an obligatory social function, I’d make sure to see and be seen by the important people. After that, I’d take full advantage of people watching opportunities. Every party has main characters playing typical roles. It doesn’t take long to figure out who they are. Sometimes I’ve assigned names to characters and shared them with my spouse. …A private game–names assigned based on behavior. A pretentious, social-climbing, “thirtyish” couple at one function, I christened “Googie” and “XuXu.”
If it were a party of close friends, I’d stay longer. Group dynamics would determine the remainder of the gathering. I’m more introverted than extroverted–loud obnoxious people put me off. If the majority of attendees were positive and uplifting, I’d feel energized. If there were too many drama kings and queens in attendance, I’d be more emotionally drained. I have no desire to be poisoned by toxic personalities. If things went completely awry, I’d make a trip to the restroom, mysteriously disappear, and go home. At that point, a good book would be an enjoyable alternative.