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Being an Introvert Is. . .

Updated August 28, 2020 4.9k votes 454 voters 6.2k views28 items

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Being an introvert is pretty common, but it doesn't seem like the world was made for us introverts. The list of introvert problems could go on forever: having a 20 minute party tolerance, the chronic fear of interviews, and the dreaded conversation with a stranger (if you wanted to talk to someone on the bus, you wouldn't be staring at whatever inanimate thing you could find.) These are just some of the situations that introverts have a hard time with. Having an introverted personality can feel like a constant battle for your sanity, or at least some peace and quiet. 

What's it like to be an introvert? This list covers some of the daily plagues of being an introvert in an extrovert's world, but there are many more, so add anything not covered here!

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    Living in Your Head

    You are expressive, just usually not to other people.
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    Overthinking

    Most of your interactions play out in your head before they do in real life.
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    Having Different Priorities

    It's only 10:00, but there's a really great movie rental at home that you can't watch at the bar.
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    Being Content Alone

    You know that your life and happiness doesn't depend on constant companionship.
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    Complex

    Sometimes you love to socialize, sometimes you want to hide under the bed. It depends.
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    Misunderstood

    There isn't anything wrong with being introverted, but a lot of people don't get it.
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    Thought Provoking

    Spending less time talking means that your mind can wander.
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    Having a Small Group of Good Friends

    It's quality, not quantity.
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    Quiet

    Silence is a beautiful thing.
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    Difficult to Explain

    No, you don't dislike people, no, you aren't lonely, no, you're not a hermit.
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    Isolating

    It seemed like you just took a little break. Turns out you haven't spoken in three days.
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    Using the Weekend Differently

    Sometimes, you need to use the weekend for quality alone time, not more social time.
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    Avoiding the Phone

    You aren't comfortable ordering pizza, let alone talking to friends on the phone.
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    Genuine

    It's just the way you are, and that's a good thing.
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    Being A Good Listener

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    Challenging

    Sometimes, you just have to do things you aren't comfortable with. Like interviews.
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    Being Patient

    That chatty man on the bus thinks he's being friendly, but you had headphones in for a reason.
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    Peaceful

    No conflict, no social etiquette, no anxiety. Finally!
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    Rewarding

    Spending a day by yourself is a great reminder that you are good company!
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    Draining

    Putting your social foot forward for long periods of time is exhausting.
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    Frustrating

    It's easy to come across as uninterested or rude when you prefer not having constant conversation.
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    Awkward

    You're alone with someone you don't know - hide!
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    Stressful

    Oh no, you couldn't get out of this party. Quick, find a corner to drink in.
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    Healthy

    If introversion feels natural to you, it's good to embrace that.
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