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I Am An Introvert

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    From the time we start school,

    and even before, we are made painfully aware that being outgoing is prized and being introverted is somehow the inferior, even shameful, opposite. Our schools and workplaces are designed for (and dazzled by) extroverts and their need for attention and stimulation. Group work...
    bast1 bast1 56-60, F 11 Responses Jul 18

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    I'm gonna try and make a YouTube channel I

    tried a few times and failed but I really wanna try and get this done maybe it could help with me being so shy and not be so much of an introvert.
    lostdream4 lostdream4 18-21, M 1 Response 2 days ago

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    I honestly hate working in restaurants

    but it's the easiest place to get a job my age...
    FrostyMethod FrostyMethod 18-21, M 2 Responses Oct 3

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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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    theanja1 theanja1 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 27

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    I just realized by reading books over the past

    year and doing research on the internet that I am an introvert. I always thought that I was shy but consider myself to be a quiet person who does not like to talk all the time. People will say your so quiet "don't you have anything to say or are you mad." I don't feel...
    wisdom26 wisdom26 46-50, F 8 Responses Oct 11

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    I'm an introvert. So what?

    Leave me alone. ;)
    KatieTreat KatieTreat 51-55, T Oct 11

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    An interesting story with the best explanation

    of shy and introverted that I've ever heard. http://playfullytacky.com/2014/07/16/things-you-should-know-about-introverts/
    Cherbelle Cherbelle 41-45, F 1 Response Sep 28

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    chernobylplayground chernobylplayground 70+ 2 Responses 3 days ago

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    I have always been an introvert,

    which was somewhat of a problem for me in school. I hated when teachers forced me to group up with others for projects. I was the quiet one who preferred to work alone. My classmates all seemed to think that I was a weird, awkward loner. Really, I just didn't have much in common...
    ImaginaryAlchemist ImaginaryAlchemist 18-21, F 6 Responses Sep 23

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    Along with everyone here,

    I need my alone time to relax. I even look forward to it. But I never have a really good time on my own. I need others for a really good time, a good laugh, and a really enjoyable evening/day. As long as there's an activity going on to talk about, or something to focus on (not...
    tungsten4 tungsten4 31-35, M Sep 24

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    As soon as the word's "So,

    tell me about yourself?" are uttered, I immediately freeze. Nobody really knows anything about me, they just think they do. If they presume something about me, I never correct them, because that way they think they have the answer to their question, but in reality they know...
    XPrimaDonnaX XPrimaDonnaX 18-21, F 1 Response 9 hrs 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 20 Responses May 29, 2013

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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

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    Here's a question to all the introverts.

    Practically all job offers list requirements such as "team player", "outgoing", "good interpersonal skills" and as an introvert I feel petrified even reading those words, I don't want to spend the rest of my life trying to pretend to be someone I'm not. But seeing that the...
    Steppenwolff Steppenwolff 26-30, F 24 Responses Sep 25

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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+ 38 Responses Mar 30, 2012

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    Welp I am sleeping over at a friends house

    and just a few moments ago another friend and a girl that likes him started to do the nasty..............5 inches away from me............and this is why group events just aren't my thing...............
    lostdream4 lostdream4 18-21, M 5 Responses Sep 26

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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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    So I just noticed that EP classifies "I Am An

    Introvert" into "Personality Disorders"... Time for all the Introverts to revolt, me thinks! Oh heck, who cares, can't be bothered etc... :p
    Faust76 Faust76 36-40, M 3 Responses Sep 24

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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 6 Responses Aug 16

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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 12 Responses Jun 29

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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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    This is a copy of an article written by Diane

    Cameron in the Christian Science Monitor on Jan 2nd 2008. She said everything that I want to say about being an Introvert quite perfectly. I have photocopied this and have it displayed in my kitchen so people can see it. Here it is : "Ahh; January 2nd. The day that introverts...
    wraithorn wraithorn 41-45, M 4 Responses Dec 13, 2013

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    http://laughingsquid.

    com/how-to-live-with-introverts/ I guess this graphic Guide to Introverts has been doing the rounds in social media, but if you haven't seen it, it's worth a look. I particularly liked the extrovert trying to get at the introvert; I could relate to that so well.
    koalaguy koalaguy 46-50, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    Yes I Am! Being an introvert doesn't mean

    that I'm depressed, anti-social or lonely, in fact being an introvert allows me to express my creativity and do the things I love the most. I'm a married woman and I am happy. A happy loner. A happy introvert.P.S.This is our song. :) 
    iAmARagdoll iAmARagdoll 31-35, F 2 Responses Oct 9

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    Often misunderstood and misjudged

    and it's fine with me. The thing about introverts, is once they feel comfortable with you, they can be the most caring, exciting, creative, intelligent, beautiful people to know. I'm not aloof, but if you think I am, it's ok, if I don't like you. If I do, I'll share who I am...
    liberty2 liberty2 46-50, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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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 10 Responses Jul 15

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    Seriously, my supervisor makes me feel 'this'

    small and stupid😶 just because i' quiet, doesn't mean i'm stupid...or maybe i am😒
    Mercury90 Mercury90 22-25, F 5 Responses Sep 29

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    My sisters wanted me

    and the kids to go to this fall festival today, so I grudgingly agreed, because I want to see my kids a good time, and I want to try and be apart of those times. This was NOT what I was expecting at all! It was in the parking lot of a tavern. I'm sorry, but you shouldn't be...
    ThistleAndWeeds ThistleAndWeeds 31-35, F 2 Responses Sep 28

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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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    The opposite of small talk!

    This is such a great video. I love this idea. I have decided that when talking to people, especially random people, I will ask bigger questions instead of "How are you?" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/22/small-talk-big-question-kalina-silverman_n_5863580.html I am...
    ghostofacheerfulowl ghostofacheerfulowl 36-40, F Sep 25

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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 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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    I am currently dating a good looking guy

    that treats me like absolute gold , but it's TOO much. When I'm with him he does not stop looking at me and kissing on me and I can't take it . I need my space , or else I get soooo turned off and withdrawal and seem like a weirdo. I get so awkward and just wanna go home and be...
    leaom22 leaom22 22-25, F 6 Responses 1 day ago

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    People think I'm shy.

    ..I'm not and far from it. I keep to myself most of the time. I'm reserved and laid back. It takes a lot to open up to someone, not quick to call someone my friend. Prefer to be alone 75% of the time, that 25% of the time I can be very social (party, go out, mingle). People...
    alishawill alishawill 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 3

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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...
    AThousandThoughts AThousandThoughts 18-21, F 10 Responses Jul 11

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    There are times where I just want to shut the

    world out, I just want to be alone and I honestly don't mind at all, I love my alone time. I retreat into my room, my sanctuary, my haven. I dive into my sheets & blankets with fabrics of soft fine linen & wool. I feel so relaxed and relieved from the stresses of the world...
    dannah777 dannah777 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 8

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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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    samemay54 samemay54 51-55, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I love the deep conversations

    that mean something; where I learn about someone or something. Who cares about the small talk? I leave that to the extroverts. If I don't say hello or goodbye, I am not being rude, I just see that everyone else is engaged in something else and I do not feel that interrupting...
    HavingFun2 HavingFun2 36-40, M 2 Responses Sep 25

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    Being introverted makes everything harder.

    Before I completely grew into my personalty I had tons of friends. I didn't really need to think about my actions and words as much as I feel like I do now. Everything is harder when people expect you to be outgoing. Talking to someone too often that I do not fully like can be...
    Cleanandclear Cleanandclear 18-21, F 19 Responses Dec 6, 2013

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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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    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

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    About 9 months ago I discovered I was an

    Introvert. Not only that, but it turned out I've got a moderate case of social anxiety. Though it was good to know why I constantly feel the urge to bail on social events, it also kinda sucked knowing that something was wrong. The worst thing by far is girls. Especially those I...
    QuietViking QuietViking 18-21, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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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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    Me: I'm not going to tell you about all my

    feelings ever so why Mr. extrovert must you tell me all of yours when we just met. *runs away*
    livefreensing livefreensing 18-21, F 3 days ago

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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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    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 10 Responses Mar 5

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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 40 Responses Mar 4

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    Why do people make fun of introverts?

    Just because we're "different"? I hear it everyday.. "I didn't know she can talk" "You need to talk more" "You're boring" "Yeah she's here but she never talks!" "You should be out there more" If only they knew the screaming going on inside my head. "Shut up!" Is all I think...
    ravenzewolf ravenzewolf 13-15, F 8 Responses Oct 6

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    Introverts are sometimes labeled

    as anti-social and aloof. I was saddled with this as a young person. The truth was that I was shy and quiet. Nothing wrong with that. As I got older my shyness is much less. I'm still quiet but can hold my own in a conversation. I have some great friends and enjoy being with...
    Gennee Gennee 61-65, T 1 Response 4 days ago

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    First off, I want to apologize

    for the length of this text. I'm a 23 year old mixed race, lesbian female who grew up in Singapore - which is known for being racially cliquish and conservative still, despite being one of the most modern cities in the world. Thus, growing up, I was practically a lost soul...
    lucidxacid lucidxacid 22-25, F 8 Responses Sep 27

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    I am an introvert and I love myself

    that way. This mean that a big amount of people and parties drain me out, so yea I better select drinking wine with myself or my small amount of friends. Cause lets be honest there cant be any big amount of friends . I do like reading books, visiting galleries, museums and if...
    Serpensss Serpensss 22-25, F 5 Responses Jan 3

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