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I Am An Introvert

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    I hate that as an introvert I am always tapped

    into other's emotions, but the same respect isn't given in return. I wish more people would realize that it's not about not wanting to be around people, but it's in fact debilitating to do so.
    mizztouchdown487 mizztouchdown487 22-25, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    People Don'T Know It Because I Don'T Show It

    But I am most definitely an introvert. I learned early in life that the U.S. society doesn't value introverts, and so, by the time I was ten, I had decided to wear a mask around others. Then, if they didn't like me, it wasn't really me they disliked. That's a child's thinking...
    FlowersNButterflies FlowersNButterflies 51-55, F 17 Responses May 29, 2013

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    So Tired of It,.....

    I'm am so tired of being accused of being unfriendly, anti-social, mean, rude, and all the other pitiful epithets that crazed extroverts choose to apply to my personality type!!! I am NOT shy, I can strike up a convo with a perfect stranger. I'll only do so if I am intrigued by...
    complicated complicated 36-40, F 41 Responses Aug 12, 2007

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    An interesting article.

    .. http://higherperspective.com/2015/01/introverts.html?utm_source=cleo&ts_pid=2
    Cherbelle Cherbelle 41-45, F Mar 17

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    Sometimes I just love to sit

    and watch the birds flying the water rippling or sit in silence while reading a book, is that so bad to want to be left alone? Some people do not understand this, i work two jobs and interact with many people daily, i need time to unwind and decompress...
    jdamselfly jdamselfly 36-40, F 27 Responses 1 day ago

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    Eye Contact.

    is it just me fellow inni's? i can't remember a time i held eye contact with anybody but my kids... i have two theories for myself.. A. i subconsiously think the person will see my dis-intrest in their rant. B. i can't look at 2 eyes at the same time, i look at one eye back...
    TheOneyouwerewarnedabout TheOneyouwerewarnedabout 36-40 45 Responses Mar 30, 2012

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    How conversations go with me: *smiles* *nods

    my head* *laughs* occasionally I'll throw in a "yeah" until I can get through the convo.
    hamz11 hamz11 18-21, F 11 Responses Jan 16

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    No, I am not ignoring you,

    nor in a bad mood…I am thinking, concentrating, making plans, having conversations……yes….all alone …in my head… I am always interested in what you say….I just work in another way…
    TouchofAutumn TouchofAutumn 70+, F 1 Response 9 hrs ago

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    My solitude has grown into sanctitude.

    I feel tranquillity within my own company. It's as if I drift into a world all of my own to skip amongst the daisies from which I roam. Yet these daisies resemble dazes from an untrained eye and it's those glances that make me want to run and hide. The lights may be on but I'm...
    inthyvibe inthyvibe 22-25, F 3 Responses 20 hrs ago

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    I have a low social battery

    that needs recharged often, probably from being around idiots all day... So I need to be left alone and I will only make exceptions for my daughter or husband. Otherwise I will release wrath. I also think introverts are way more intelligent because we are capable of thinking for...
    Retro5NAF Retro5NAF 26-30, F 3 Responses Mar 17

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    Even though I prefer spending more time alone,

    it feels better when I do it after spending some time out with people. Because that's when you truly crave for that alone time. Otherwise, it just gets too familiar and boring. And it's hard to keep that balance no matter how hard you try lol.
    W1LDF1RE W1LDF1RE 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 13

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    My life as an introvert

    "Yes, I'm an introvert. No, I'm not shy. No, I'm not stuck up. No, I'm not antisocial. I'm just listening, I'm just observing. I can't stand small talk, But I'll talk about life for hours. I'd rather be home with a close friend or two Than among a big crowd of acquaintances...
    WillowedLady WillowedLady 26-30, F 9 Responses Dec 2, 2013

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    I'M Weirdly Introverted

    I am comfortable, at ease, energized, enthusiastic and funny when I am teaching or speaking to a group of people, regardless of their age, background, etc.... But when it comes to making casual conversation one-to-one or in a small group setting, even with the same people who I...
    aFloridaBeachMan aFloridaBeachMan 51-55, M 26 Responses Jun 15, 2013

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    I call myself a mild introvert.

    I tend to be introverted, but I do have extroverted moments here and there. I'm also pretty awkward in large social gatherings, I prefer my own company and often feel like running away and hiding.
    AngelicDarkness AngelicDarkness 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 20

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    Personality Disorder?

    ! Looking at how EP has categorized my stories, I saw that I had four stories under "Personality Disorder" so I checked which ones they were. They were all my stories in this group, I Am An Introvert. I really don't see the "authenticity, support, and respect" in that.
    FeelingOrange FeelingOrange 46-50, F 1 Response Mar 19

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    Actually, I'm just beginning to understand

    why I am, the way I am. I require so much private time. And I don't mean for a few hours a day. But, sometimes a few days at a time. However, this has not helped my marriage. I might be better off by myself, after all.
    elasabak elasabak 56-60, F 2 Responses Mar 16

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    I'm not just an introvert,

    im a highly sensitive introvert. People often think I have ADD or am "spacy" because of how easily i shut down from being overwhelmed. I need my quiet time and continuously talking to me after i made it clear that I dont want to talk will only irritate me and i will probably...
    modestmuslimah modestmuslimah 18-21, F 5 Responses Feb 5

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    Introverts are more concerned with the inner

    world of the mind. They enjoy thinking, exploring their thoughts and feelings. They often avoid social situations because being around people drains their energy. This is true even if they have good social skills. After being with people for any length of time, such as at a...
    JustNyx JustNyx 36-40, F 13 Responses Jan 22

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    "Being alone is not a problem

    but on should have ability to interact with other people when necessary." - Experts discussion
    nreal nreal 22-25, M Mar 17

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    People are exhausting.

    Don't be offended because I need my space sometimes.
    Arija18 Arija18 22-25, F 6 Responses Jan 16

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    I push people away because I like to be alone,

    but I end up feeling lonely and want people in my life.
    lukeskywalker89 lukeskywalker89 22-25, M 13 Responses Nov 14, 2014

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    Is it strange that I'd prefer to spend New

    Years Eve alone? I was invited to a few parties and was also welcomed to spend the night. Most of these friends are ones I've grown distant from so it may be awkward at first but I always end up having a good time. Some not.. Last year I "made the rounds" and every single time...
    455cargirl 455cargirl 36-40, F 23 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    Being around people is

    so draining! I hate crowds and noise, can only bear it upto a certain limit. I dont like socialising much either and so dont have many friends. But I like deep meaningful conversations with the few close friends I have. And lots of time, I love sitting with long silences, no...
    intothedarknesss intothedarknesss 22-25, F 16 Responses May 3, 2014

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    I thought this was so on point

    for me. I have been feeling so overwhelmed lately! I enjoy hanging out with my friends, but I need a break. I just want time to myself. I get so bottled up with feelings I explode everywhere later when I get home. It's like I cant breath until I am back home, alone. (Exception...
    littlejxoxo littlejxoxo 26-30, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    There are times, I want to be alone.

    There are times, I don't. Just allow me to have both...
    NaomiSoulJourney NaomiSoulJourney 31-35, F 2 Responses Mar 20

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    10 Myths And Facts About Introverts!

    Myths and Facts about Introverts Myth 1 – Introverts don’t like to talk. This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t stop for days...
    AlexGabriel AlexGabriel 22-25, M 7 Responses Jun 26, 2014

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    If you spend time on your own you have no drama

    to deal with it's a win-win situation !! No gossip no fights just Netflix and chilling 😊
    shiv1992 shiv1992 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 16

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    People exhaust me. Social events drain the life

    and energy from every reserve I have. I am most definitely looked down apon because I have ONE close friend and no others. We prize people for being social, talkative, extroverts, and those who do not act that way automatically don't fit in.
    Annaelaine Annaelaine 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 14

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    10 Myths And Facts About Introverts!

    Myths and Facts about Introverts Myth 1 – Introverts don’t like to talk. This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t stop for days...
    anya1212 anya1212 26-30, F 32 Responses May 31, 2013

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    The happiest of New Years to all of my fellow

    introverts who will be enjoying a peaceful evening in their own company with a clear head to start 2015!
    djps djps 18-21, F 18 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    demonart demonart 13-15, F 6 Responses Jan 30

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    My boss told me not to be shy.

    ..to talk to people, ask questions... I swear i'm trying...
    Mercury90 Mercury90 22-25, F 5 Responses Mar 14

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    Confessions Of A Loner

    Hi. I am Loner. Have you ever noticed the student at the far corner trying not to get noticed? Yeah, the one who walks the hallway and you never saw anyone walking one foot from him? That's me, Loner. People think I'm anti-social. People think I'm proud and condescending. Maybe a...
    mareliberum mareliberum 26-30 13 Responses Jan 26, 2012

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    i wish more people understood about introverts.

    I always get asked all these questions. No, I'm not anti social, I'm not a loner, i have friends and sometimes i go out and i do things. I've always been the quiet type, i like to observe, I'm cautious and i listen. i speak when i have to and people don't understand that. I...
    mystiquebeauty mystiquebeauty 18-21, F 8 Responses Jul 11, 2014

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    I have a lovely little superpower I like to

    call "ghost mode". (I'm sure, I share that one with a lot of introverts.) That's when I go invisible in a group of people by not speaking too much and deliberately keeping myself on the outskirts of their socializing. Listening. I record almost every detail... What they look...
    Sorfarina Sorfarina 26-30, F 6 Responses Jul 9, 2014

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    Sometimes I wonder if I am more an introvert

    or if I have social anxiety? I find it hard to socialize,hate small talks and I try to find something to talk about ,this happens when I am surrounded by people I know ,when I am alone I don't feel like socializing ,when someone textes me ,I prefer doing something else than...
    karymendes karymendes 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 14

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    "Introvert create their energy self.

    Introvert too get lonely. Thats true. On-one can live alone in this universe." -Self Introvert experience
    nreal nreal 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 13

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    Since when I was a lad,

    a girl use to beat my meat and now instead I have to be the one. I am growing old and my **** needs to talk more with people. How can I make my **** socialize with other people? Help would be nice. :)
    codguy12 codguy12 18-21, M Mar 11

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    I like to avoid people

    and not talk. People come up and try to sit with me or talk to me and i ask them to leave and they usually say "i figured u could use someone to talk to" what the hell does that mean? I dont like to talk. If i wanted lots of friends, i would talk to people. Y cant people just...
    TwoFists TwoFists 18-21, M 4 Responses 22 hrs ago

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    not sure. i mean, dont get me wrong,

    large crowds, loud chattering and taking behind peoples back are just the tip of the reasons of how most introverts ... think, i guess. but, i also enjoy laughing with my group of buddies, i enjoy talking to them, laughing, doing dumb **** in thr hallways. does that want make...
    BlackSilence BlackSilence 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 10

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    I sometimes like being alone,

    most of the time and sometimes I don't. I don't like taking part of a conversation with a group of people. I really hate group projects, I do things better when I'm alone. I feel uncomfortable in crowded places. But that's just my social anxiety. I do like being in a group of...
    yukishiro yukishiro 16-17, F 6 Responses 5 days ago

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    I feel tired just thinking about how I have to

    deal with people tomorrow. I just want to get through the day and go home.
    swimswithcrocs swimswithcrocs 18-21, F Mar 19

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    We are so misunderstood.

    The funny thing about introverts is once they feel comfortable with you, they can be the funniest, most enjoyable people to be around. It's like a secret they feel comfortable sharing with you. Except the secret is their personality.
    tarara0414 tarara0414 18-21, F 46 Responses Mar 4, 2014

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    Is it true that introverts live in their

    confort zone and extrovert out of it?
    karymendes karymendes 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 14

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    Just because someone is introverted doesn't

    mean he doesn't like company. Interaction is just expensive to introverts, and they don't want to spend it on something annoying or wasteful. They won't spend their precious energy on someone who doesn't want them around. If an introvert knows that you are friendly and open to...
    stiltcourt stiltcourt 41-45, F 26 Responses Mar 4

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    I don’t feel the need to go out a lot,

    be among lots of people the whole day and doing so usually wears me down. I don’t mind spending a lot of time on my own and I have no trouble keeping myself entertained while I do so. That doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy social interactions. I’m a human being and we are...
    TheGreatLeveler TheGreatLeveler 26-30, M 18 Responses Apr 5, 2014

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    The Gift Of Introversion

    “The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.” ― Aldous Huxley Some people have a negative view of introverted people. They view them as aloof, too serious, arrogant, rude, morose, antisocial, or awkward. I am...
    kiansi kiansi 46-50, F 13 Responses