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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    "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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    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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    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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    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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    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 19 hrs ago

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    I'm not very good at making friends

    because I never know what to say to people ( I mean small talk, where do you even start?) So I always end up making friends with super talkative people, then I just hate the friendship later because they never let me talk! How messed up is that?
    ljhenry ljhenry 16-17, F 3 Responses Mar 10

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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 26 Responses 23 hrs ago

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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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    It started when I reached puberty.

    . Crowd started causing me headaches, talkative individuals are annoying, too much n too loud laughter is irritating.. In my family only my brother and I are introverts.. We are very selective when it comes to people.. Certain people could laugh their arses off on anything, it...
    FaitAccomp1i FaitAccomp1i 70+, M Mar 10

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 8 Responses Jan 16

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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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    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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    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 8 hrs ago

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    I prefer listening to talking.

    And only few people understand this.
    susiede susiede 18-21, F 13 Responses Mar 8

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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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    As much as I like getting to know new people

    and do things outside of my comfort zone, I find it all incredibly exhausting. One of my best friends just doesn't understand that I'm not one to throw myself into an unknown situations and people for a long time. Even with the aid of social lubricant, I am just done after so...
    Imnotreelyhere Imnotreelyhere 31-35, M a week ago

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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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    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 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 21 hrs ago

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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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    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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    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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    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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    People often say that I'm shy

    but really, being in crowded places just makes me uncomfortable. I don't like talking to people I'm not familiar with but I talk a lot when I'm with my friends. My family says that I should go and suck it up and just deal with people and have a social life. But naah, I'm happier...
    ThinaElise ThinaElise 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 10

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    I sometimes feel lonely

    because no one understands my feelings. I'm scared of meeting new people but my family and bf thinks I should change and be more sociable. All along my mom thinks that there's something wrong with me and I should go out there and meet more people to make friends. But I find it...
    cindykmm cindykmm 26-30, F 3 Responses a week ago

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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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    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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    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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    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 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 16 Responses Jun 29, 2014

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