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I Am An Introvert

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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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    Does anyone have any tips on how to decrease

    feelings of anxiety around seeing the same people? (i.e coworkers?). I'm fine with seeing strangers but if I see someone on a long-term basis, I start getting nervous, saying stupid things and just shutting myself down. Help!
    Missintroverted Missintroverted 26-30, F 16 Responses Apr 18

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    Wait I am confused, I do bomb stuff,

    get crazy out there and party!! But I want nothing to do with anybody and I like being a loner hell even my own company is exciting. Does this make me the introverted extrovert? Oh wait what?
    SpiritualStoner SpiritualStoner 16-17, M 3 Responses Apr 24

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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 23 Responses Mar 28

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    A big part of my introversion is

    that I'm a very private person, and I hate attention. Well my friend in biology took a drawing I was working on and showed it to the teacher. The teacher made a copy of it (which I thought was weird) but I didn't think much of it. I found out later today that he had been...
    punicorn1 punicorn1 13-15, F 8 Responses Apr 18

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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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    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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    Went to a meeting today,

    God there was so much people.Big room almost fully packed,nowhere to hide.Was feeling so open and vulnerable,lost a friend somewhere in crowd,eventually found a balcony,much better.3 people on their phones and a couple kissing in background,felt good,Came back inside for the to...
    somerandomguyfromspace somerandomguyfromspace 31-35, M 1 Response 1 day 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 11 Responses Jan 16

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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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    I like to spend time with friends

    and family both on and off line, I enjoy their company and they make my life richer. but i need solitude like i need air, and this fact has proved to be a problem throughout my life. simply because no one but a fellow innie can understand that need to be completely alone, other...
    IF64 IF64 51-55, M 1 Response 4 days 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 28 Responses Apr 18

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    Idk if it just happen to me

    or most of the introverts when friends asks you to party with them and you'll ask questions like, where? What time? Who else is going? What should I wear? Will there be beer? How late are you going to stay? And so on.. But in the end, we doesn't go. :/
    Angieinthewonderland Angieinthewonderland 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 19

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    ive been this way since birth according to my

    parents. they said i wouldnt go to no one but my grandma and always stared gave people the death stare and always looked mean. im still the same way but i promise im the nicest person. i dont say much but if you strike up the right conversation youll get to know me better i...
    Aeril Aeril 18-21, F 3 Responses 5 days ago

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    Things every introvert does: "I could be home,

    on the Internet right now." when you're In a store, and someone is standing in front of an item you want, you pretend to look for something else until the move. Having a crush on a fellow introvert never turns into anything, because nobody makes the first move. Quietly...
    Bflyboo14 Bflyboo14 13-15, F 3 Responses Apr 23

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    I don't get why extroverts mix introverts up

    with lonely people. Sure, we need alone time (a lot), and crowds are just not our thing, but why do they ASSUME that we are lonely? Take me for example, whenever I go into my room and be alone when my sisters' friends are over, they will always assume that I'm antisocial. It's...
    reivven reivven 13-15, F 9 Responses 3 days ago

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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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    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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    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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    AutumnBliss AutumnBliss 46-50, F 3 Responses Apr 25

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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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    I always got mistaken

    as I'm rude. But I'm not. It's just that I often don't see a reason beating around the bush with social pleasantries. I just want everything to be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings. So I can feel a lot of pressure to fit in. Which I find it...
    Angieinthewonderland Angieinthewonderland 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 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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    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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    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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    blasphemy666 blasphemy666 22-25, F Apr 26

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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 9 Responses Jun 26, 2014

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    Right now it's hard to embrace me being an

    introvert. I so badly crave a friendship and a relationship. But it's so hard to go out where people are. It's hard at work sometimes since I work in retail. If it's a busy day with a lot of customers I get so drained mentally and emotionally that all I want to do is crawl into...
    hiddenjem hiddenjem 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 19

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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 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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    I've been reserved and kept to myself

    for most of my life. I received little practical help when it mattered. Now it doesn't matter as much.
    zarpanzur zarpanzur 26-30, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    I'll end a conversation earlier

    than I really want to because you imagine you're 'bothering' the other person. :/ anyone with me?
    Angieinthewonderland Angieinthewonderland 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 19

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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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    well as if I have not avoided contact with

    others ad much as possible. ..my one true friend. .my dog has started having seizures. .he is 14. gone will be my confidant, friend, a witness to my dark moments and my very few bright ones . close the drapes, close your eyes...free your mind...I'm alone
    nonjoy nonjoy 46-50, F 2 Responses Apr 27

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    There's this guy that tried to be nice to me,

    and, I kind of didn't respond to him, and, the other day, I waved and, he just kid of ignored me. It happens to often, with of different people. They try to be nice to me, I don't respond to it, or attempt to be kid back, and then, as soon as I do, they ignore me... I have no...
    abercrombie99 abercrombie99 16-17, M 3 Responses 3 days ago

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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 so awkward that I think i have a talent of

    making people uncomfortable around me...
    blasphemy666 blasphemy666 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 21

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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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    We are who we are and I really hate the fact

    that people think being extroverted is good and introverted is bad.
    ashb3r ashb3r 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 18

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    The older I get the more I

    now understand myself. I am 'in my own head'. There is definitely something positive about understanding yourself and this was a defining moment for me.
    AutumnBliss AutumnBliss 46-50, F Apr 25

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    For a long time I wasn't sure

    if I was socially awkward or what, but I think I'm just an introvert. I feel uncomfortable around everyone except my husband and a couple of other people I am good friends with. I would say I have a couple friends outside of work and the rest are work friends. I don't like to...
    butters510 butters510 26-30, F 6 Responses Apr 27

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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 find it so difficult to converse with some

    people, my friend is very outgoing and can easily speak to a lot of people, she introduces me to them and when left alone I seize up and con not come up with anything to converse about.. she is the only thing we have in common but I would love to be able to speak to anyone about...
    djps djps 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 19

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    I'm having some issues.

    I seriously honestly truly am totally content, happy even, with being alone or with one person. Apparently that is unbelievable because everyone thinks you have to have 50 friends and go out all the time etc. yeah I understand socializing is necessary and healthy and I'm fine...
    ashb3r ashb3r 22-25, F 14 Responses Apr 18

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    I prefer listening to talking.

    And only few people understand this.
    susiede susiede 18-21, F 11 Responses Mar 8

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    I absolutely need time alone to recharge

    as the energy of others sometimes leave me mentally drained and depleted. And no, I am not anti-social. I just enjoy my own company.
    WiltedTulip WiltedTulip 41-45, F 5 Responses Apr 16

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