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I Am An Introvert

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    It's hard to be friends with extroverts.

    It feels like I can't catch up to them since I easily get tired of talking. And most of them don't like the idea of silence between conversations and as they break it, I die on the inside. Can't you give me a break?
    deduction deduction 16-17, F 1 Response 20 hrs ago

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    theanja1 theanja1 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 27

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    People say I'm an introvert

    but I'm very outgoing and not afraid to sing in front of people or volunteer. I've had a rough life and I'm not popular so people may think this.
    Thefraygirl Thefraygirl 13-15, F 1 Response 12 hrs ago

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    Am a university student

    and am extremely introverted. I have like zero friends and am not close with any of my family members, most of them just think am weird or sort of proud because am quiet. It so painful being lonely all the time, I even tried killing myself and also running away unsuccessfully...
    ranjian0 ranjian0 18-21, M 3 Responses 1 day ago

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    I live in my head, I have more conversations in

    my mind than I do in real life, I'm reserved but I'm just as private, I despise small talk with a passion but secretly love long deep conversation, I listen more than I say, I can be happy being alone all day, I'm a bit of a hermit by choice..
    VeinsOfMisanthrope VeinsOfMisanthrope 18-21, F 6 Responses Sep 7

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    Ok. I just want to say this to anyone reading

    this. If you add me and I add you don't take it personally if I don't respond at all or right away. I'm a super introvert and don't like being on EP all the time. It really drains me to talk to so many people. I get my energy from being with a few people or by myself. I'll do my...
    Marysone Marysone 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 10

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    When I go to a store in my hometown

    and see someone from high school (I graduated 18 years ago) that I knew, I either pretend that I don't see them or that I don't recognize them because I hate small talk and can't stop this feeling of dread and annoyance from forming in the pit of my stomach. Even if they were a...
    fishbone2000 fishbone2000 36-40, F 6 Responses Sep 9

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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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    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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    You are just perfect way you are ,

    I would be proud to call you my bf /lol
    Humter1 Humter1 16-17, M 1 Response Sep 12

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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 8 Responses Jul 11

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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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    ...because I rant not,

    neither rave of what I feel, can you be so shallow as to dream that I feel nothing? ” “I was the nicest person you'd ever want to know," Alex recalls, "but the world wasn't that way. The problem was that if you were just a nice person, you'd get crushed. I refused to live...
    Bumblebeat Bumblebeat 61-65, F 1 Response 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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    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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    I like to laugh with people,

    go to football games, and even have sleepovers, but after a while it's time for me to recharge- alone.
    picses2222 picses2222 13-15, F 3 Responses Sep 11

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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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    I am very much an introvert.

    I find it exhausting being around people for too long... and I mean it literally drains me. I love being alone with my thoughts and to be honest I enjoy my own company. But with that being said at times I crave for somebody to talk to. Somebody like me, an inbetweener. A bit of...
    CQFX CQFX 22-25, M 1 Response 6 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 55 Responses May 4, 2009

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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 Aug 16

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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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    As an introvert my morning job is hell haha god

    I hate it but it's good money
    lostdream4 lostdream4 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 11

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    I am working as a snowcone maker

    for now to save up for college. There is so much interaction with random, rude, and overly excited people my energy drains within seconds of talking to them.......thus I have created my own little corner spot to stay hidden until a customer comes to create less communication...
    lostdream4 lostdream4 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 12

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    All this time alone has caused my imagination

    to expand so great that my imagination now seems like reality. I can create a story in my mind and suddenly it becomes a very vivid memory.......
    lostdream4 lostdream4 18-21, M 4 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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    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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    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 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 20 Responses Apr 5

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    I recently discovered I am an introvert I

    always thought I was extroverted because when people come around I am "on" which is a symptom of the introverted and until recently was news to me. I become exhausted and worn out by people and I need my time and space in comfortable places to reconnect and gather myself. I'm...
    LastofmyKind LastofmyKind 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 13

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    I like meeting people

    and interacting with them. But I hate social occasions because , I feel compelled to talk deeply with them but only get to talk to them superficially and that leaves me feeling guilty .
    nautilusX nautilusX 18-21, M 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    When I'm home I love it .

    I'm at peace , I read and draw and watch tv. When I do get bored I get antsy and impulsive to go out , but when I'm out I HATE it. All I can think about is being back home and in peace again . Am I weird ?
    leaom22 leaom22 22-25, F 5 Responses Sep 3

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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 am an introvert which makes it hard to find a

    girlfriend or let alone make friends. I have a small group of friends that consists of 3 guys which I consider my brothers but that's it. Been to clubs but in all honesty it was way to draining to be there I hated it plus you gotta be sexy to be apart of the club life I'm just...
    lostdream4 lostdream4 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 9

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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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    You know how it feels

    if you are one ...
    Liwaans Liwaans 18-21, M 2 Responses Sep 7

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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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    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 6 Responses Nov 16, 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+ 37 Responses Mar 30, 2012

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    What is an Introvert?

    An introvert is not simply a person who is shy. In fact, being shy has little to do with being an introvert. Shyness has an element of apprehension, nervousness, and anxiety. And while an introvert may also be shy, introversion itself is not shyness. Basically, an introvert is a...
    OdeSlinger OdeSlinger 26-30, M 2 Responses Sep 8

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    I am an introvert and I really think I am

    falling for an introverted guy. I need some help here. We work next to each other, not directly....unless one of us happens to find a reason... we do the whole smiling, short fleeting eye contact, little half waves, and then we try to talk...lol. I can usually get out half of...
    mh3577 mh3577 36-40, F 6 Responses Sep 2

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    I can't wait till I'm able to get a job/career

    I'll actually enjoy, 'cause having to see so many customers is driving me crazy, whether I'm having a good workday or not, and I usually work for five to six hours.
    goagainsttheflow goagainsttheflow 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 6

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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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    FrostyMethod FrostyMethod 18-21, M Sep 7

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    I feel so alone and scared every time I know I

    have to go to work. I don't know if it is really my work that I'm scared of or is it me.- Is it my communication skills? I'm scared to talk to people most of the time. I'm scared if when I try to say some thing, the words don't come out right, I'm scared if they judge me. I'm...
    Ecaep101 Ecaep101 22-25, F 3 Responses Sep 8

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    So apparently I may not be a true introvert,

    and now I am having an existential crisis.
    emiveritas emiveritas 18-21, F 4 Responses Sep 4

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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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    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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    This one, from debsanderrol.

    com tries to do pretty good job at explaining it. Albeit as I was just short while ago discussing with someone, I feel the Shy/Obnoxious axle is actually separate from Introvert/Extrovert.I feel there are certainly shy extroverts and obnoxious introverts; bearing in mind an...
    Faust76 Faust76 36-40, M Sep 8

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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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    Growing up as an only child,

    and a latch key kid has made me very comfortable being alone. In fact, too many people make me anxious and grumpy. I guess I'm an introvert, and I'm fine being labeled as such. I can socialize, but I'm also capable of being alone with my thoughts and my dogs for...well...
    rottenrobi rottenrobi 41-45, F 3 Responses Sep 13

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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 creating an app to help people

    make REAL new friends (unlike Facebook and other social media). In a world with far too much social isolation, there is a great need for this product: particularly for introverts. As a social scientist, I am designing the logic, measures and variables behind the platform...
    nytexas nytexas 36-40, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    Human interaction flattens my emotions,

    but for most people it's probably the other way round. If I spend a week alone I can laugh, cry, be angry and depressed all I want without anyone judging me, but with people around I feel numb all the time spending all time acting interested and kind.
    powdercoatedhamster powdercoatedhamster 18-21, M 1 Response 6 days ago

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