Lifelong

It's been my whole life.  For as long as I can remember I have been very introverted and very shy.  Although, since I've grown (aged), I'm not quite as shy.  It depends on the situation at hand.  But it's always there.  Whether mild or near the anxiety state.

I have indulged in several "self help" books & workshops to try to improve this flaw, but I just can't seem to shake it.  I guess I'm fairly good at hiding it most of the time.  I really can't remember a time when it has caused me any trouble or problems except for the inner anxiety that goes on inside.

Most people seem to like me pretty well right away.  So, either they don't see these flaws or they look past them and see my heart and compassion. 

silvermystics silvermystics
51-55, F
2 Responses Apr 28, 2007

I am also shy and introverted. It is difficult in western society to be introverted, because this quality is not very valued. I have spent much of my life being ashamed of this, but have more recently accepted and grown to like this about myself. Introverts have many wonderful qualities that are often overlooked by extroverts, and we have a rich inner life. We are often kind, compassionate people. I have a strong intuition that has developed over my life, which I have grown to rely on. I am also very sensitive to other's feelings and I believe that these qualities are due to my being introverted. I used to wish that I was more outgoing, but when I think that the trade off would be losing much of my inner world and perhaps my intuition, I prefer being the way I am. I just would not be "me". Be proud of your introversion! Learn to value your many warm and wonderful qualities. If you do, then so will others.

I don't think those are such bad qualities at all. It sounds like you are not totally introverted anyways. I bet you are a kind and interesting person to know.