Have you always felt different from others? Were you the quiet one in your school or college days? Did people ask you, “Why are you silent?” or “ Why are you so shy?” Do they still ask you that today? If so, then you might be an introvert like me.
Many people associate introversion with shyness, which is not true. In fact, introverted people tend to simply find that they get more energy from being alone or in very small groups, as opposed to extroverts who find that large groups give them more energy. Because of this misconception, many people assume that the person is shy not introvert when he/she actually is.
The most basic definition of an introvert is a person who gains energy from being alone and loses energy in stimulating environments, such as social events.
Both introverts and shy people tend to avoid socializing at times, but we do so for different reasons. Introverts often stay on the sidelines at social events because socializing drains our energy.
As an introvert, admitting your feelings to someone, whether they’re positive or negative, can be incredibly difficult and that’s OK. Everyone has their own comfort level when it comes to discussing emotions, feelings, or problems. So you can’t expect everyone to be as open or as apprehensive as you may be.
People are frequently unaware that they’re introverts – especially if they’re not shy because they may not realize that being an introvert is about more than just spending time alone.
“Let’s clear one thing up: Introverts do not hate small talk because we dislike people, We hate small talk because we hate the barrier it creates between people.”
The only risk you face is that people who don’t know you might think you’re aloof or that you feel superior to everyone else. Giving yourself permission to be a little more open in revealing your thoughts and feelings may help you make the best of both worlds.