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I Am An Introvert

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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 43 Responses Mar 4

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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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    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 34 Responses May 31, 2013

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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 want to go to social events

    but I always end up finding an excuse not to go
    ownfrnchseplaya ownfrnchseplaya 26-30, M 1 Response Nov 9

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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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    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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    I love people, but interaction just takes

    so much work! To go to a party at night, I have to spend the whole day alone to prepare for it. If I don't I feel like I don't have enough energy to interact in the way I'd like to and I end up feeling socially awkward and down on myself. I'm pretty good at carrying a...
    JupitersMuse123 JupitersMuse123 22-25, F 5 Responses 2 days ago

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    Introvertness is my comfort zone .

    I hate being involved in conversations with people rarely know me .. I just feel uncomfortable in social situations .. being an introvert is not a problem as many people think , I do all the things I love .. I read books , have friends , go to my work , travel , etc .. I adore...
    mohameko1987 mohameko1987 26-30, F 7 Responses 1 day ago

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    Why do I get so disproportionately angry

    when someone enters my room more than once in a day?
    MissMadHatter MissMadHatter 18-21, T 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    pretended I had no money to avoid a brunch date

    with a close friend. I'm mean. oh well, what can I do.
    evynray evynray 18-21, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    Sometimes i want to be me.

    Its sooo tough to be faking n talking out loud..chattering..when what i want is depthy talk to someone...I have not been able to find people who want the same.... its tough really...
    chaitra1987 chaitra1987 26-30, F 3 Responses 2 days 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 41-45, F 25 Responses Jul 20, 2012

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    I didn't think being an introvert was a problem

    until I met my fiance. At first, he seemed to be an introvert, too. But in recent months, it's become apparent that he's actually been dying to be the center of attention for years. When he goes out, he doesn't just stay out for a few hours; he'll go for 5+ hours at a time and...
    ediskrad ediskrad 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 13

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    Chloeeee17 Chloeeee17 18-21, F 4 Responses Nov 8

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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 19 Responses Apr 5

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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 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 7 Responses Jul 9

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    mstud17 mstud17 22-25, F 5 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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    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M Nov 6

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    I push people away because I like to be alone,

    but I end up feeling lonely and want people in my life.
    lukeskywalker89 lukeskywalker89 22-25, M 12 Responses Nov 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 20 Responses May 29, 2013

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    Yeah, it's true. I tend to be passive toward

    life around me, but the active part of my approach is internal. My enjoyment is as an observer more than as a doer. I take great pleasure in thought, impression, wonder. The world around me provides the basis for all this and for a rich spiritual life as well. A spiritual life I...
    paulie138 paulie138 66-70, M 2 days ago

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    I have a work / privacy question

    for all of you introverts out there. I recently experienced an upsetting situation while at work and I’d really like some advice! Let me give you a little background. I have been working at my job for almost 3 years and I’m pretty happy with it. I worked really hard to...
    Azmodius Azmodius 31-35, M 2 Responses Nov 13

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    Introverts introverts all day long soon your

    friends will all be gone... I'm bored
    JustMeWuuuut JustMeWuuuut 26-30, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    theanja1 theanja1 18-21, F 2 Responses Jun 27

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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 hate attention, so i lied

    that mybirthday was last week...it awful, right😳???
    Mercury90 Mercury90 22-25, F 9 Responses Nov 10

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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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    i swing between being introvert n want to meet

    people.[extrovert] Am always confused about myself about what i want to be at a particular point of time. Am very much interested in trekking,hiking[physical activities -outdoors]. I do go out with people[ i know them-not strangers] on trips but as such i dont want to share too...
    chaitra1987 chaitra1987 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 12

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    I went out last night,

    to fill the social obligations of my life. Most of the time I am content in my own world, doing my own thing and being happy with that. If I say I don't feel like going out, others judge and put their own desires onto me. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy the company, the...
    tryingtogetbacktome tryingtogetbacktome 26-30, F 2 Responses Nov 8

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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 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

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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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    Which is why I am here,

    the anonymity allows me to engage in conversations without feeling awkward or uncomfortable.
    Redwood11 Redwood11 41-45, M 7 Responses 3 days ago

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    I know this is a dilemma discussed here ad

    infinitum, but I'm trying my best, at nearly 35, to figure out how to have people really close to me in life, mostly in a romantic way. I have several long-time close friends, including one since the first day of kindergarten. I'm not a complete loss socially. I'm tall...
    bewareofpity bewareofpity 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 14

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    vanessamoomoo vanessamoomoo 22-25, F Nov 13

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    People are dangerous

    and should never be approached directly. Proceed with cation whenever you are around people. Never look one directly in the eye as a people may attempt to steal your soul. The safest thing to avoid harm is to hide in your room and watch netflix. (Totally kidding but there is...
    KuroKitsune KuroKitsune 13-15, F 2 Responses Nov 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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    I hate when people tell me 'Dude,

    you need to go out', or 'What do you do at home all day?', or 'What plans for the day?'. I hardly ever feel lonely when I'm alone by myself. The only loneliness comes from not knowing anyone who understands what it's like to be an introvert. ...And the worst part is, I give in...
    W1LDF1RE W1LDF1RE 22-25, M 2 Responses Nov 13

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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 11 Responses Mar 5

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    I have an extrovert friend,

    and were very close. At first I thought she's as introverted as I am, but turns out she isn't. She can talk to anyone with ease, and can make friends with anyone instantly. We're both in med school, and now she has become popular in class and is everyone's friend. It's hard...
    merryrolling merryrolling 22-25, F Nov 9

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    Writing is something you do alone.

    Its a profession for introverts who want to tell you a story but don't want to make eye contact while doing it." John Green
    jml2000 jml2000 56-60, M 4 Responses Nov 9

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    I don't have many friends

    and talk to one other person (in person) in my day to day life. I speak more to friends/people online than in "real life". Anyways, throughout my life I've only had 1-2 friends that I talked to during school, but we never talked outside of school or went places together except...
    Asterly Asterly 22-25, F 10 Responses Nov 13

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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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    First year at university

    and I feel like I don't fit in, I like people and I like going out and having fun once in a while, but I feel like I'm a bad person for not going out and getting drunk every single night. I feel bad for enjoying my own time and I feel like people think I'm not normal because I...
    Obelisklarvan1 Obelisklarvan1 18-21, M 5 Responses Nov 8

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    I sometimes think I have the worst qualities of

    both an introvert and an extrovert. I really can't relate to most other introverts because they have abilities that I don't have. The introvert skill I envy most is the ability to be succinct. Most introverts can say a lot in relatively few words. Most introverts I know ( both...
    atpeacewithme atpeacewithme 31-35 8 Responses 6 days ago

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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+ 40 Responses Mar 30, 2012

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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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