(Closed) Couples with different extroversion/social needs – what’s a fair compromise?

posted 8 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
2765 posts
Sugar bee

She could go out more and just leave him at home?

Post # 5
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

That is tough.  I think that she should find something to “go out” doing that doesn’t threaten him (maybe a movie or a constructive club or shopping if drinking is the problem that threatens him).  Sounds like a deeper issue- why doesn’t he want her going out?  If he doesn’t want to come and he is invited, the woman staying home would not lead to a happy couple, IMO.  I think a compromise of her doing maybe different types of activities or something should be reached- but staying home for the man (or the man for the woman) would not make the social person happy, and would not lead to a happy couple (is what I think).

Post # 6
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

If he wants to hang out with her and she’s doing stuff, my opinion is that he can either come along or stay home. Sometimes people have to do their own things in order for their needs to be met. Why doesn’t he like her going out without him?

Post # 7
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

What age are we talking? I think it may depend on that a bit. If your 23 my answer would probably be different vs. 27 vs 32 etc.

Also, by go out are we talking club, bar, movie, dinner out?

Post # 8
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

I don’t get it. I don’t see how that is a compromise. She meets “his need” of only 1x per week, he’s happy and she’s unhappy. How does that help? If I wanted to go out 5x a week and my husband only wanted to go out 1x per week, I would compromise with 2-3x per week. Otherwise, I’d go out with friends on my own. He isn’t happy she wants to go out without him, but yet he won’t go with her? Not good at all.

Post # 11
2090 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think a compromise would be for the more extrovert to go out by themselves/with friends if they are more social. There is no reason why one partner can’t go out without the other.

I think both people should be ok with their partner going out alone (or with friends, but without them), and you be able to enjoy yourself without your partner there 24/7.

Post # 12
1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

This descibes me and my Fiance perfectly. I am an extravert, and he is an introvert. I’d go out every night if I could and he is very much a homebody. I like to think that we balance each other out. I pull him out of his shell and he keeps me grounded. We have a “date” night once a week where we go out. On the weekend during the day we usually do something else, like go to a park or a museum or visit friends. I belong to a writers group and we meet once a week and that gives us one evening apart, and its good for both of us. I get to socialize and he has the tv all to himself for a night and can ESPN to his hearts content. I think we have come to a pretty good agreement and it works for us.  

Post # 13
1876 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think each person can have their own need met, he go out 1x a week and her however often she feels right for her. For him to say she can’t go out without him is controlling and weird.

Post # 14
4480 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

My husband and I are like this: he is very social, and I am much less social. I probably feel like I *need* to get out… once a week or less. Maybe 2x in 3 weeks? Mr. S, on the other hand, goes out several times a week with friends. The compromise is we go out together sometimes, I go out with my friends rarely, and he goes out with his friends often.

The therapist may be right that the lower expectation/need prevails (and they go out together 1x per week), but I think the therapist may be wrong if he/she is saying that the more extroverted partner should just ignore her need to go out more often if he doesn’t want her to go out without him. That’s not a compromise, is it? 🙂

Post # 15
5271 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Perhaps this study isn’t including the option of going out alone?

By saying the social person should take the side of the less social (in this case go out once a week) does this mean once a week together? Or once a week total?

Post # 16
565 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

i’m very social, my husband is very not social.  if he doesn’t want to go somewhere with me, he usally just stays at home and does his thing, or use the oppurtunity to hit the gym. 

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