I’m an introvert. No, really. Almost anyone I talk to about this is surprised at best and downright disbelieving at worst. For people who lean towards introverted intuition, this is often the case. Many introverts have learned to be situationally extroverted as needed for conducting business, interacting with family and other necessary people, etc…
Here is a brief description of exactly what it means to be introverted:
[…] introverts are quieter and tend to feel more energized from spending time alone, while extroverts are louder and gain reinforcement and energy from being with others. Extroverts often exhibit qualities of charm, charisma, and persuasion, while introverts tend to be creative and prefer to work alone.
Myths and false assumptions about introverts abound. No, I’m not shy. I just don’t like chit-chat. I’m certainly not timid. It’s just that conflict is time away from what I really want to be doing. I’m not (usually) any more insecure than anyone else is. I just LIKE blending into the background because I like to be alone to think and sometimes observe. If I’m noticed or singled out, it will invariably take time away from being alone.
Because that is what we need more than anything — to be alone. Alone with our thoughts, our introverted intuition, our reading, or whatever other activity we choose to do — alone.
Being introverted can be exhausting for people who have to work with other people or are otherwise frequently in situations that require constant interaction with others. Again, we need to be alone. It’s not a “preference.” It’s a need.
Artist Aaron Caycedo-Kimura gets introverted intuition and he created these awesome comics that perfectly explain the life of an introvert.
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