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Loving The Rain: Why Introverts Love Rain

As an introvert, I have things I enjoy and help make my life happier. I enjoy solitude and having time to myself. I enjoy being in my own head, having my thoughts keep me company and entertained. I enjoy watching old episodes of my favorite shows. I enjoy drinking coffee or tea while reading a good book. But there’s one thing I love in this world most. One thing that takes all the things I enjoy and elevate them to a level that would put cloud nine to shame. And it’s rain. I love rainy days. I love dark stormy days that turn into nights. I love reading and relaxing during rainstorms. I even love walking outside when it rains. It gives me a little burst of energy. When I have a good cup of coffee or tea, a good book, a blanket, and nothing to do, it’s pure bliss for me. And it’s the same for other introverts around the world. Rain is one of Mother Nature’s blessings to the introverts. It’s something we all love and appreciate in a world that’s always loud.

For introverts, rainy days give us a very peaceful feeling. We feel invigorated whenever there’s a storm or a light drench. It’s a mystery as to why we introverts love rain, though. But it may not be that complicated to explain. As I said before, we introverts live in a loud world. We’re constantly seeking out quiet nooks and corners in order to recharge and gain our bearings. It can be especially hard to cope with a loud world if you have sensory processing disorder, or SPD for short.

In Chantal Sicile-Kira’s article “What is Sensory Processing Disorder and How Is It Related to Autism?”, Chantal explains that Sensory Processing Disorder is a neurological disorder that causes difficulties with processing information from the five senses: vision, auditory, touch, olfaction, and taste as well as the sense of movement (vestibular system) and/or the positional sense (proprioception). Although the information is received, it is perceived in a way that is abnormal. As a result, the abnormal processing can cause pain, confusion, and discomfort. Both children and adults can be diagnosed with the disorder, but it is adults who have a much more difficult time coping with it. The article states, “Many adults on the spectrum find it difficult to tolerate social situations. Meeting a new person can be overwhelming – a different voice, a different smell and a different visual stimulus – meaning that difficulties with social relationships are not due to just communication, but are about the total sensory processing experience.”

In Rachel Schneider’s article “10 Tips to Help Neurotypicals Understand Sensory Processing Disorder”, Schneider, who has SPD, explains what it’s like, how she deals with it, and how others with SPD can cope. She states, “Because we SPDers can’t process sensory input in a typical fashion, most of the input we receive from the senses makes us feel like we’re being endlessly poked in the eye. It is supremely distressing. SPDers tend to become emotional in the presence of too much sensory input and also have a behavioral response. We yell, we cry, we flee the situation, we lay down on the floor, we bite people and things, we reach for our fidgets and talisman and anything to help us just get through the moment”. When it comes to living in a world that constantly has the volume turned up, it can be hard for introverts and SPD-afflicted individuals to cope. It can be difficult to have any peace and quiet.

As a reader, you’re probably asking yourself how is this important or even relevant to the topic. I’d be happy to tell you. Although we introverts get our energy from being alone and in quiet places, we aren’t the only ones who find it difficult to live in this loud world. People with SPD also have a difficult time because of their inability to process sensory information properly. Everything comes at them at a speed they can’t comprehend, so they too need a place to be alone and without social stimulation. It goes without saying that there are introverts that have SPD, which can be exceedingly difficult to deal with. Rainy days and rain in general gives both of these communities an opportunity to have a quiet moment to themselves. It’s one of the few moments we can have a modicum of silence and to relish it. Rainy days allow us to regain our bearings, recharge, and to prepare for dealing with the loud world.

Resources
1. Sicile-Kira, Chantal. “What Is Sensory Processing Disorder and How Is It Related to Autism?” Psychology Today, 2 Mar. 2010, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-autism-advocate/201003/what-is-sensory-processing-disorder-and-how-is-it-related-autism. Accessed Oct. 10th, 2016.
2. Schneider, Rachel S. “10 Tips to Help Neurotypicals Understand Sensory Processing Disorder.” The Body Is Not An Apology, 17 Sept. 2016, https://thebodyisnotanapology.com/magazine/the-neurotypicals-guide-to-adults-with-sensory-processing-disorder/. Accessed Oct. 10th, 2016.
3. Photo courtesy of https://www.pinterest.com/pin/435864070156778677/.

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  1. I love this article and can relate as a fellow introvert. The neurological and physical effects of rain would obviously need more study, however what i have not notice from anyone is the effects of rain and creativity. As an artistic person who enjoys making music and also writing, i noticed that my most heart felt work comes under rain. The effects the rain has on my creativity maybe stems from neurological source but the only way that i can explain the feeling is that it soothes my soul. Therefore allowing me to freely think. Maybe some one has explained this exact concept and if i have missed it, i apologize. But this article and the comments are very interesting and well stated.

  2. This was incredibly informative!!
    And thank you so much for explaining why I feel discomfort with many things going on! I’ve always thought it was just an individual thing but thank you for clearing that up!
    If it’s any help, there’s a few websites which offer sounds of rain to listen to such as rainymood.com

  3. As an introvert myself, I couldn’t agree more with this article. I love rainy days, but I am afraid of the thunder since I could ever remember.
    When I can’t sleep at night, I’d just browse YouTube look for “rainy days” playlist. It helps and it soothes me a lot. There’s just something about that tiny white noise that calms my intoverted soul. Thank you for the great article!

  4. I love the way your introductory paragraph is written it is so well written and personal. It really invites the reader to enter your mind and to enjoy your thoughts. It was really interesting how you juxtaposed Mother Nature’s sounds to loudness because I feel as if they are loud but compared to the industrial noises that we are used to, it’s not as busy. Compared to sounds such as sirens and alarms, rain seems to be relatively peaceful. The fact that you included scientific evidence to support your argument is really well done, it gives your article more credibility. You stated that the reason people with SPD become stressed is because of the introduction of a variety of different noises, the sound of rain might be comforting to them because it is a constant in our world and does not really change. It can be familiar to someone with SPD and gives them a safe feeling.

  5. As a fellow introvert, I too share the love of rain as the writer mentioned, but I think there’s a fair neurological basis to it, that later happens to involve quite a few other things. Indeed, extroverts and introverts are differently wired individuals, all thanks to the different tolerance they have to stimuli, and perhaps THIS ties into the preference of weather such as rain. Perhaps we learn through experience that rainy days usually happen to be followed by low social stimuli and activity, as many people don’t happen to spend time in the rain, naturally, so this makes the introvert unconsciously excited, as they may get the opportunity to recharge their batteries, live without the pressure to interact as much as they would on a sunny day. The other side of the neurological basis could correlate with the peaceful scenery the rainy weather provides: the constant tones of raindrops, ever cloudy skies; these are all stimuli without much variance to them, appearing to be constant, and perhaps that’s where the true answer is- there’s a different pattern of activity involved with rainy weather that introverts are more often than not, drawn to.
    I may very well be wrong, but it truly is an interesting point to argue.

    • “Perhaps we learn through experience that rainy days usually happen to be followed by low social stimuli and activity, as many people don’t happen to spend time in the rain, naturally, so this makes the introvert unconsciously excited, as they may get the opportunity to recharge their batteries, live without the pressure to interact as much as they would on a sunny day.”

      This statement is simply beautiful and very accurate.

      Thank you,

  6. Great Article! I could totally relate to the topic, and personally, I too love the rain. I particularly enjoy drawn out, violent storms. Super windy, and hard torrential rain. Sudden but consistent lightning and loud, dramatic thunder…the feeling I get is this overwhelming sense of…smallness. It’s not diminishing at all though, not in a negative sense. I am just, in awe, a child again, at the mercy of the environment around me. I feel energized and revitalized by the charged particles in the atmosphere.

    Sleeping while its raining is also one of the most soothing things I can imagine. The white noise quality of Rain is amazing. It fills in the background without demanding attention. I really do love it. However I can also say, without a doubt, but in full disclosure, too many rainy days in a row can start to get me down. I also need sunshine. I need to feel the light on my skin, and feel warmed by its gentle radiation. Sunlight is crucial to my better moods and outlooks on life. But, really, in the end, Sunny days just make the Rainy days more special.

    Excellent job! Great topic and writing!

    -Josh

  7. The start of the article seemed like a blog entry. As the article proceeded the main gist of the article can forward.

    You should have named the article in a way that showed you were going to mention SPD in it. Your experience in relation to rain was all good and all but, the thing is you should have either kept it like your own post or made it a completely informative article which had information about SPD.

    Overall, the article was well written and you can add citations in your article for the resources you mentioned at the end.

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Hello! My name is Viveca. I live in New York City (Brooklyn to be exact). I'm a recent (though it's complicated) graduate from NYU, where I majored in Media, Culture and Communication. I spend my time writing articles (whenever I get an idea for one) for various sites, this one included. I also help manage the Tumblr blog, introvertunites. I have my hands in several pots, working hard to ensure they take off. I'm an introvert, trying hard to carve out my place in the world. I love reading, listening to music, and lounging with a cup of coffee/tea as my ever present companion.

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