It's tough to live in an increasingly connected world when you need alone time to recharge.
You genuinely want to keep up with loved ones, but reaching out takes time and energy.
You need reassurance too, but compliments and praise mean an uncomfortable amount of attention.
Most of the time, you don't want to chat with a coworker on your lunch break.
Just because you're quiet doesn't mean there's something wrong.
You brought the book specifically so no one would try to talk to you...
Nothing terrifies you more than, "Let's all go around the room and say something interesting about ourselves."
Silence does not have to be filled all the time. Sometimes, you can have a natural lull in the conversation and it's ok.
It's not that you don't want to spend time with them. You just desperately need a few hours to yourself.
Just because you're soft spoken doesn't mean you have nothing to say.
What did introverts do before texting and email?
You need to emotionally prepare for social interaction. Changing things up last minute interferes.
You need time to think about your words and answer. This shouldn't be a bad thing.
Having to work in forced interactive groups. Team-building exercises are your personal hell.
Because changing your natural personality is really that simple.
Introverts tend to overanalyze, meaning you can easily get lost in your head by examining everything far too much.
Introversion is not a problem to be solved.
You try to give a polite "Goodbye" or "I'll see you tomorrow" to indicate you're trying to back out, but they don't take the hint.
Just because you took a second to think doesn't mean you were done talking.
It's small talk, but with your friends, not strangers. Turns out small talk is still extremely difficult even when, say, running into a good friend while at the grocery store.