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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 55 Responses May 4, 2009

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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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    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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    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 70+ 39 Responses Mar 30, 2012

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    and not ashamed of it.

    I think one of the issues with our society is that we glorify extroversion and outgoingness, but condemn people who are quiet/shy/introverted as having something wrong with them. Even though these are two sides of the same coin. This is something I have at least gotten better...
    LockedDarius LockedDarius 26-30, M 1 Response 9 hrs ago

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    I'm an introvert as if you couldn't tell.

    But I can be nice. And I can be mean. Also I probably won't start talking to you but if I get started I probably won't like i stop talking to you.
    ElMatador96 ElMatador96 16-17, M Jul 31

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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 22-25, M 16 Responses Apr 5

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    theanja1 theanja1 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 27

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    give the opportunity,

    just crack the window and i will be out of the spotlight in the blink of an eye. i would rather missa function altogether than be there out of an obigation and be racked with anxiety
    trailsonrails trailsonrails 51-55, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    I'm comfortable being an introvert

    but other people are not. And that's ok. :)
    dree2014 dree2014 26-30, F 1 Response Jul 28

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    Had a panic attack last night.

    Was supposed to go to a bar and before I went in I was absolutely miserable and felt like I was stuck in quicksand. I am not interested at all in doing anything but being home
    leaom22 leaom22 22-25, F 3 Responses 3 days ago

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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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    I am an introvert to the highest possible

    degree, to the point of being self - absorbed most of the time although not selfish as I don't demand attention, or much of anything, from others and I willingly help those less fortunate than myself. I'm self - absorbed in the sense that I thrive off of my own internal...
    Philonous Philonous 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 10

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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 8 Responses Jun 29

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    I just fell in front of dozens of people.

    ..can I be even more lame?😑
    Mercury90 Mercury90 22-25, F 6 Responses a week ago

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    Why Me?

    Why do I have to be so introverted? I wish I could change this about myself. I am so introverted that I don't hear people when they talk to me. I am so deep in thought all the time that I am unaware of my surroundings. Yeah it's normal to get that way sometimes when you have alot...
    vicarious1 vicarious1 36-40, F 26 Responses Jul 20, 2012

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    The actual WANT to be alone

    that no1 can understand so they assume that you're depressed or some ****.
    VousEtesBelleCM VousEtesBelleCM 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 9

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    Introvert (Poem)

    I am the shadow in the dark I am the ghost in the crowd I am the background in the story I am the wall at the party I am the silent night I am the shade at night I am the colorless white I am the shining light I am the puzzle to be solved I am the question to be asked Yet...
    kelseytoby kelseytoby 16-17 7 Responses Nov 16, 2013

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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...
    SheAlwaysBelieved SheAlwaysBelieved 18-21, F 6 Responses Jul 11

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    I am the shy girl, the quiet girl,

    the "why don't you ever talk?" girl... honestly I could live without people saying that, not to mention I've heard it a million times. I used to get bullied/harassed in high school for being quiet. I never thought I was quiet, but apparently I am....and it's totally weird...
    bohobridget bohobridget 22-25, F 8 Responses Apr 23

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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 5 Responses Jul 9

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    I too never heard of the word introvert

    until a few years ago. I am so relieved I now know what I am. Always thought there was something wrong with me.
    kjt822 kjt822 46-50, F 3 Responses Aug 6

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    I sometimes feel like I disappoint my friends

    because I have to withdraw or say no to participating in certain events. And I have some friends who talk SO MUCH that to be around them for more than an hour wears me out. Ugh!
    Katertoten Katertoten 46-50, F 3 Responses 2 days ago

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    And I am okay with it.

    I just wish I didn't have to explain to people that not everyone has the same kind of personality. Being thrown into a world built for extroverts isn't easy. Being told that being the 'quiet one' isn't normal, or automatically being labeled as weird because I don't like to...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Jul 21

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    I know this is a bit,

    you know, but I feel like introverts are misunderstood by most people so I thought I'd post the top 10 myths about introverts. I'm a shy introvert btw. I got this list online so these are not my words Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk. This is not true. Introverts...
    LFCno1 LFCno1 22-25, M 11 Responses Jul 15

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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 39 Responses Mar 4

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    Why is it that if you are an introvert people

    just assume you can't have fun? Is it because we are quite?😶
    Mercury90 Mercury90 22-25, F 7 Responses Aug 7

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    Aaand the much dreaded time has come.

    ..Team Building!😑 HEEELP!!!????
    Mercury90 Mercury90 22-25, F 6 Responses Aug 7

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    Well sort of! I also love to socialize

    and need people in my life. But once I've had my fill of socialization I need my space. I go into my shell to sort out all the information I've received. I discard what I don't feel is necessary and keep what I feel is relevant. If I don't have alone time I start to get a...
    lagatta lagatta 41-45, F 2 Responses Aug 12

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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 33 Responses May 31, 2013

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    I am an introverted intuitive feeling judger.

    AKA INFJ. I know there are many other introverts here, who want to take a break from the constant stimulation our society. I know I am an Introvert, because I get so effin tired of the socializing in high school. I even promised that I'd be alone for the while run. You guys know...
    TwiSparkorm TwiSparkorm 13-15, M 1 Response 3 days ago

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    My friend invited me to a concert this Friday

    (Fall Out Boy/Paramore) and I'm not sure if I even want to go. I like both bands (not crazy about them) but I've never been to a concert and the whole idea of going to one makes me nervous. I want to tell my friend no but I think it's far too late to cancel on her. I'm not one...
    triptrap27 triptrap27 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 29

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    I cannot do small talk--I've gotten better

    because I've been practicing. But I usually connect better with those who are willing to talk about deeper things in life.
    thethirdknot thethirdknot 18-21, F 4 Responses 3 days ago

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    If y'all decide to message me me,

    just beware I'm not the best at starting/holding conversations...
    sturmgewher44 sturmgewher44 18-21, M 2 Responses Jul 28

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    I've had little choice

    but to get used to it, I've always been relatively introverted albeit with extrovert tendencies which have now all but gone. I've been trying to meet people I actually click with/have common interests over the years, and there's very few people I've met who even slightly fit...
    Reallifeperson Reallifeperson 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 28

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    I feel the need to get along with people

    that are around so that I do not feel lonely, couple of friends actually have provided that support for me, whether to contact them once in a while or not at all, but I just don't need nor expect from them that kind of friendship-like attention as extroverts do. With someone I...
    crescent567 crescent567 16-17, M 5 days ago

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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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    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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    There is a total misinterpretation between

    introverts and extroverts: There is NOTHING wrong with being an introvert. The only difference between introverts and extroverts are introverts find energy within themselves and extroverts find energy externally for example socializing with multiple aquiantiences. Introverts...
    Shyandsilent17 Shyandsilent17 16-17, F 12 Responses May 16

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    Top Ten Myths About Introverts

    I think this is pretty much spot on. From http://jerrybrito.org/post/6114304704/top-ten-myths-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...
    StarTaurus StarTaurus 36-40, M 5 Responses Feb 16, 2013

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    It's True ...

    Being around others is so draining . Not because of their personalities ... I just feel so much better and happier by myself . Even in groups , I find a way to get lost in my mind . I find myself ignoring calls from friends and sometimes lying to others saying I'm busy just to...
    IronicAppeal IronicAppeal 18-21, F 5 Responses Oct 27, 2013

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    bakonet bakonet 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 10

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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 9 Responses Mar 5

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    However, for someone

    that always find comfort in solitude, it is ridiculous how lonely this life can be. We are never meant to be alone. Sure, us introverts love being alone, occasionally. But a brief company now and then would be nice though. And being in a relationship is a challenge on its own...
    silverrocket silverrocket 22-25, M 1 Response Jul 29

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    We can be misunderstood

    and we are fine with that. The thing about introverts, is once they feel comfortable with you, they can be the most caring, fun, creative, intelligent, beautiful people to know. It's not aloof, but if you think we are, it's ok, if we don't like you. If we do, we will share who...
    shen8 shen8 36-40, F 5 Responses Aug 1

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    always been taken advantage of,

    i pity myself a lot,im afraid of a crowd,i dont seem to comprehend when people are talking,i need help.....
    gt77 gt77 36-40, M 1 Response a week ago

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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 17 Responses May 3

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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 17 Responses Apr 9

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    An interesting lecture about us introverts !

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0KYU2j0TM4&feature=player_embedded
    boxersoff4u boxersoff4u 51-55, M 1 Response Jul 28

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    I was home alone, reading a book.

    ..suddenly someone was knocking on a door...I just grabbed my phone, silenced it...and hid...turns out it was my mom😑
    Mercury90 Mercury90 22-25, F 5 Responses Jul 22

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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 20 Responses May 29, 2013

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    I want to accept the fact

    that I am an introvert, but I get upset because I feel like I am missing out on something when I hang out with extroverts who are having a lot of fun and I just can't seem to get into it. Does anyone else feel this way? It's so hard to accept who I am because of it.
    Miiicchellllee Miiicchellllee 18-21, F 2 Responses 18 hrs ago

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    I like people even tho I'm scared of them,

    I just feel at peace , more relaxed, comfortable ,when in alone ^_^
    moko212 moko212 16-17, F Aug 12

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