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I Am An Introvert

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    Screening Calls: the Privilege of An Introvert

    I am an introvert who has come to self-acceptance.  In my twenties, I used to force myself to be social because I thought my desire to be alone came from an unhealthy place--you know, like depression or "wanting to isolate to avoid something."  I was fortunate...
    EvesHarvest EvesHarvest 51-55, F 56 Responses May 4, 2009

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    Does this happen to you?

    You are forced to spend the whole day around people, and when you come home you can't stop cringing thinking about the whole awkward social experience thingy. You wish you could just wash off the whole day from your mind so that the memory of your stupid little remarks and the...
    blasphemy666 blasphemy666 22-25, F 7 Responses Jan 16

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    I'm in an open relationship with a pretty

    gregarious, outgoing guy. I live in a city 10 hours away from my home town. I have been here 8 years but never have made any close friends. he has plenty of close friends but they are all FWB type of girls so of course they are in constant contact. if I wanted to be having a...
    elloguise elloguise 26-30, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    Anyone out there that has zero friends?

    and I mean zero. Nobody to call and nobody to call you. In a way it's a relief because it absolves you of any responsibility to maintain any sort of relationship. But on the other hand you feel so stranded and always wonder what the hell is wrong with you...
    Missintroverted Missintroverted 26-30, F 27 Responses Apr 18

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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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    I love to spend evenings on my own,

    reading a book or drawing or watching a movie. But that doesn't mean that I'm boring or afraid of human contact. I wish people would understand that.
    Yaraffinity Yaraffinity 22-25, F 2 Responses May 18

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    I hate pointless converstaions.

    I'd rather spend my time alone with my thoughts and my music. It's not always good when you have no one to share those thoughts with but I guess it's better than being forced into an exhausting social situation.
    BrownSugarBabe BrownSugarBabe 22-25, F 7 Responses May 8

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    The thing is, human interactions fascinate me.

    I like being around groups of people, but only so I can observe and watch. I want to be on the fringe taking in the mood, the turns in the conversation, anticipating what someone will say, laughing at the sarcasm others miss, wondering what certain people in the group are...
    Solfeggio Solfeggio 36-40, F 15 Responses Jun 29, 2014

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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 8 Responses Jun 26, 2014

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    I just need a couple of days to myself with my

    book and coloring pencils and no interruption. Sometimes just someone entering the room asking you a simple question (which feels pointless) is exhausting. Although I don't get that option, I'm a mom!
    sjroo00 sjroo00 31-35, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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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 10 Responses Jan 16

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    Hmm.. It's not that I'm introverted,

    it's just that I'm less sociable and less engaging around strangers and people I rarely talk or associate with. I'm more of an observer: I try to figure out people before they figure me out. Which they rarely do. And I like that because I have a bit of a crazy side that I would...
    Shug16 Shug16 16-17, F 2 Responses May 22

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    These days everything is

    so superficial, that it isn't worth it to attempt to have a good conversation with most. One in thousands... "Good morning. How are you? Fine and you? I'm doing well. That's good." Yuck. It's disgusting. It's rare to find friends, or many that you can even relate to, because of...
    photob33 photob33 31-35, M 3 Responses May 14

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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 10 Responses Jan 22

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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 24 Responses Mar 4

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    There are some types of introverts.

    I only know 2 of them. The first one is very quiet, anti social but do have a few friends. The other one is talks a lot, friendly but others never know what's in their mind.. Am I right?
    wazzup97 wazzup97 16-17, F 3 Responses May 17

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    There are many misconceptions about introverts

    I would like to take this opportunity to explain some facts about us. According to estimates, extraverts outnumber introverts by about three to one. Introverts often find that other people try to change them or even suggest that there is something "wrong" with them. Nothing...
    venusdi venusdi 70+, F 8 Responses Mar 5, 2014

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    Always been, always will be.

    I don't mind socializing with other people, but just not too much please. I get tired just thinking about the schedules some people have. I need plenty of alone time, and I don't think there's anything wrong with it. It's okay to be an introvert.
    UselessNobody UselessNobody 31-35, F 3 Responses May 17

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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 Jul 25, 2012

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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 22 Responses Mar 28

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    I have ISFJ personality.

    i like working or studying alone, rather than with a large group. Although this is true, I also enjoy the company of my friends which is what makes my personality quite unique.
    omgkris56 omgkris56 22-25, F 2 Responses 2 days ago

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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 can look a 1200lb animal in the eye

    and scold it for being naughty, but ask me to even look another human being in the eye? Ummm...Imma be in that dark corner over there having anxiety attack, be back in about an hour and you can ask me again.
    liberteriangeek liberteriangeek 18-21, F 2 Responses May 11

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    I am an introvert in customer service.

    This is the second time I've been involved in a store closing and the negativity is coming on faster than a tidal wave. Even though, at the moment, the customers are still being friendly, I just hate fielding the same questions over and over again. And I hate it when they assume...
    Thisbe Thisbe 22-25, F 2 Responses May 17

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    I hate house guests with a passion.

    2 nights I can stand but any more and I want to get out of town and not come back until they are gone seriously!!!! I have 10 day guests right now and have to pray constantly and health issues flair up too! Yuck!
    aeckert12 aeckert12 41-45, F 2 Responses May 11

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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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    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 50 Responses Mar 4, 2014

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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 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 19 Responses Apr 5, 2014

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    people: you should talk more!

    me: *tries to talk* - gets ignored - gets interrupted - gets talked over - no one pays attention - no one cares -_-
    irreelevance irreelevance 16-17, F 10 Responses May 6

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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 21 Responses Dec 31, 2014

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    I'm happiest when I'm by myself

    because that's the only time I can truly be myself. I get to be alone with my thoughts. I don't have to worry about how I dress or keeping up with a pointless conversation. It's the best. I can be relaxed. I like going out sometimes, but there are some nights where I just need...
    whatsername69 whatsername69 22-25, F 5 Responses 6 days ago

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    Im an only child. My parents

    and i live in a simple home, which is not really that big to occupy more persons. We sometimes entertain relatives from out of town and let them stay with us for a few days. Two of my mom's relatives have been staying in our home for over two weeks now and it might even be for a...
    OnlyCB OnlyCB 26-30, F 1 Response May 18

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    Ppl tell me its not healthy being by myself &

    not socializing. I relocated to a new state & don't know many people. Honestly staying to myself is just easier. No drama, no judgement, no regret. All things that i received/experienced all through high school. Its hard to jus let those things go & to move on
    Trinitylovee Trinitylovee 18-21 6 Responses May 21

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    Anyone find themselves (not

    even necessarily by choice) smiling and nodding, but not listening AT ALL to those that ramble on, because it's just so draining?
    marinderso marinderso 26-30 2 Responses May 11

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    I may look quiet, and sometimes yes,

    I am, but what you don't know is what is going on inside of my head… What a fantastic party it is!
    AutumnBliss AutumnBliss 46-50, F 1 Response May 19

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    There's nothing like an introvert party,

    cause an introvert party don't start.
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 6 Responses Apr 15

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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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    I hate my job. especially on days

    that I feel my coworkers or manager makes fun of me....
    patty78roman patty78roman 36-40, F 1 Response May 19

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    I wish more people were introverted.

    Or at least not so chatty. You don't need to talk non stop to communicate well. I know some introverts like chatty friends, because it takes pressure of, we don't have to talk as much. But to me it's overwhelming. I like some silence. I like being inside my head. I...
    Enthropy Enthropy 31-35, F 16 Responses Apr 9, 2014

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    I love to stay in bed

    as much as possible. and have my laptop,TV remote, cellphone, and book nook. lots of munchies.
    patty78roman patty78roman 36-40, F 3 Responses May 19

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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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    We are extremely misunderstood.

    People think that introverts are just shy and are scared to talk in big groups, but that Is not what we are. Introverts enjoy being by themselves... We prefer solitude. I want to spend more time with myself but I don't know how to get rid of my friends. How could I do that?
    JakeCruz JakeCruz 22-25, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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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 6 Responses Jul 11, 2014

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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 44 Responses Mar 30, 2012

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    I was perfectly Fine few years back.

    I was friendly with everyone.Few years back my best friend ditched me and I started getting scared by talking with people.I have turned introvert.I wana gwt out of my shell again.I need help if anyone can give me any tips to regain my self confidence again.
    Rutuja05 Rutuja05 18-21, F 1 Response May 17

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