“When you say ‘yes’ to others, make sure you’re not saying ‘no’ to yourself.”
“Solitude matters, and for some people, it’s the air they breathe.”
25 Things Introverts Wish People Understood About Them
I’m never lonely. I love, love, love the time I spend alone (or just with my immediate family). It feeds my soul.
I would rather have a deep conversation with one or two people rather than small chit chat with twenty-five. I value quality over quantity.
I’m not boring or uninteresting; you just never initiate deep conversations with me.
I do not enjoy forced conversation and situations. They only makes me want to retreat back to my own space. Just let me sit back to observe, and I will decide if I should join in.
Michelle Bush West
I do not think I am better then you.
I mean what I say and only speak when I have to say something.
Not wanting to hang out is not personal. I need way more down time and rest than other people may, and that doesn’t mean I’m lazy.
We’re not all social butterflies; we’re more like social caterpillars. We take a while to open up. When we do, we can either be like a butterfly around you, but if things go south we’ll want to stay in the ‘wrapped up’ phase forever!
Carole Ann Rickerd
Canceling plans with people less than twenty-four hours beforehand has nothing to do with them and everything to do with my self-care.
Sahej Anand Kaur Khalsa
Just because I’m not all smiley and enthusiastic doesn’t mean I’m not happy.
When you mention how quiet I am because I don’t talk much in large gatherings or make a big deal when I do speak, it just makes me feel self-conscious and retreat more into myself.
I cannot be “on” when you want me to. There are times when I can join the conversation or party, and times when I simply cannot.
Just because I’m an introvert doesn’t mean I’m anti-social or stuck up. It just takes me longer to recover from events and big groups of people.
I deeply care and empathize with so many people in my life, even those that I don’t know personally. I can’t ‘turn it off.’ Going home is my way of avoiding overworking my emotions. It’s so I can rest up and be a good friend, colleague, employee, and citizen tomorrow.
My silence in group conversations isn’t aloofness, indifference, or lack of personality. I’d just rather get to know you one-on-one before I start revealing my thoughts and opinions.
Just because I’m not loud and don’t share my feelings with everyone in sight, it doesn’t mean that I don’t have them. Quite the opposite. I feel things very deeply.
I’m not a flamboyant personality, but I have as much substance as the next person.
Sometimes I just want to walk in silence, but I am neither sad nor lonely.
Just because we keep to ourselves, or we are not talkative, does not mean we do not have an opinion or are less intelligent than others.
Just because I’m quiet doesn’t mean I’m upset or mad, so there’s no need to keep asking me “Are you okay?” That gets very tiring.
I’m not talking because I don’t have anything worthwhile to say and I’m fine with the silence.
Sometimes I may act extroverted, but it’s kind of a survival skill I’ve adopted in an extroverted-centered world. Still leaves me feeling mentally exhausted and drained. And feels unnatural.
If you ask a question and we don’t respond right away we are thinking through every possible response, how you might react to each response, if it is actually the truth, and then we might get distracted and eventually ponder the meaning of life … even if you just asked how we are doing.
I don’t hate people. I just save my energy for genuine interactions.
I want to be invited! I may not always go or have the ability to stay long, but it doesn’t mean I want to be entirely left out.