Becky Berry and Diana Bader talk about how prolonged isolation
doesn’t work for anyone.
Diana begins this episode by talking about Harry Harlow’s
experiments with monkeys that proved everyone needs comfort, and
without human contact, we fail to thrive.
They also discuss the problem with texting: it’s just not the
same as talking voice to voice.
Becky shares her strange birthday in the 8th week of
quarantine, and talks about how she missed the human
Becky also confesses to being a good energy vampire (she
magnifies the energy instead of taking it) because she needs people
around her so she can recharge and connect.
Diana admits that, even as an introvert, she is also sick of
being isolated. Together they discuss the need for hugs and real
Becky has a hard time recharging without people while Diana
becomes overcharged and very talkative when she finally does see
people. There’s no balance - and no way to achieve it!
They both notice how it’s hard to feel like yourself when you
are alone all of the time, and feel that interactions with people
can become awkward.
We all react differently to being alone all the time, but
whether you get your people energy from Zoom meetings or texting,
that soul connection that happens in face-to-face interactions is
missing. Zoom does help a little because we can at least see
people’s faces and hear their voices.
Funerals and weddings have also become difficult because we can
neither console or celebrate face-to-face.
Becky and Diana also discuss what happens to the people who are
thriving under these new conditions, like working from home,
wondering how they’ll adapt when (or if) they return to the
They both wonder what the future will hold. And what will the
future hold? Will there be fear concerning reconnecting with each
other? When we are able to see each other again on a regular basis,
what will that look and feel like?
Spoiler Alert: Nobody knows.
About the Podcast
The podcast with strategies for creative, quirky, and extraordinary people of all ages. Diana Bader and Becky Berry accompany you on the adventure of living with unique brilliance. Whether or not you have an ADD, ADHD, Asperger's, or dyslexia, learn and share strategies from uniquely brilliant people and other experts in differences. If you sense your ideas, dreams, and thoughts are just a little bit bigger than "normal," and you are tired of feeling lost, frustrated or just plain wrong, this podcast is for you! Learn how to squelch those voices in your head that say you're wrong because you think differently and learn how to reclaim your best self!