What it’s like being an introvert

I have people ask me often “how do you know that you’re an introvert?” I addressed that in THIS post, but I thought I’d talk a bit more today about what it’s like being an introvert–some of it might surprise you!

Believe it or not–I enjoy being social:

If you met me, you might find me to be rather social. I enjoy talking with people and can carry on a conversation like a champ. In fact, I can even be energized by good social interactions. However, BAD social interactions set me back. Certain personality types turn me off to a degree that I have trouble recovering and often close up my “shell” in the presence of those types of people. One step forward, two back.

I need alone time, but not TOO much:

I’ve started trying to save Mondays just for myself. If possible, I don’t make appointments or commitments on Mondays, so that I can spend some good time to myself, writing or just doing things around the house. But, I don’t think that I could do this for more than 1 day in a row. I’d be lonely if I had to spend multiple days without interacting. I know….I’m a mystery even to myself.

I really enjoy going out for coffee or lunch with friends:

Granted, two hours before I’m due to meet up, faced with changing out of my beloved jammies and putting on (gasp!) real clothes, I often consider canceling, but once I’m committed to going, I am typically excited to talk and socialize with friends over coffee or lunch. Some of my most invigorating days have been spent having long conversations with friends over lunch.

Truth

So, that’s my introverted life in a nutshell. I don’t believe that anyone is 100% on either end of the introvert/extrovert spectrum all of the time but I’m definitely more introverted than extroverted most of the time.

What about you? Are you more of an introvert or more of an extrovert? 

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4 thoughts on “What it’s like being an introvert

  1. Stephanie Bourg says:

    I’m a social introvert as well! I sincerely love people but too much “peopling” exhausts me. And I find that the older I get, the more introverted tendencies shine. I prefer to shop alone (it’s more relaxing), run errands and do chores alone (it’s so much faster), among other things and if I didn’t have my husband and son, I might be a hermit (SO THANKFUL FOR THEM). We moved to a new area 5 years ago and making friends was a bit slow so I naturally spent more time alone. Doing this I realized that I really enjoy my own company (poor thing) which I can’t decide if that makes me comfortable in my own skin or a narcissistic introvert, lol. Either way, we good. I mean I really don’t want to be a narcissist by you know what I mean. (Add paranoid to that diagnosis 😝) And so glad to hear that I’m not alone (in wanting to be alone)! Love your blog and your sense of humor.

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