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    So are you an Introvert or an Extrovert?

    People keep misusing the word Introvert, confusing it with shyness. Introversion is not SA or Shyness. It's not even a disorder. It's the way your brain works. Introvert's "recharge mentlaly" by being alone. On the other hand, Extroverts "recharge" by being around other people.

    As with most things, Extroversion/Introversion is on a sliding scale. You can be extremly Introverted or Extroverted, or just a little Introverted/Extroverted. Most people are extroverts. I'm not. I'm an Introvert. That doesn't make me antisocial. I like socializing, I just can't do it in long goes, and I need some time out to mentally "recharge".

    So heres the myths about Introverts:

    Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.
    Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
    Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

    Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.
    Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

    Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
    On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

    Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
    Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

    Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
    Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

    Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
    Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

    Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
    Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

    Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
    Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

    Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.

    Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.
    So you can be a confident Introvert or a socially-anxious extrovert. You don't automatically become an introvert for having social anxiety. Introversion/Extroversion has nothing to do with SA.

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    Did you post this on the other site as well? It's badly needed there. I am also an introvert. I'm a very outgoing person when anxiety doesn't get in the way, but I tend to need some time to myself after being with people all day or having consecutive days where I go out with people. If I can't get my alone time, I tend to shut down mentally for a bit where I'll be present with others, but not interacting with anyone.
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    Quote JustGaara View Post
    Did you post this on the other site as well? It's badly needed there. I am also an introvert. I'm a very outgoing person when anxiety doesn't get in the way, but I tend to need some time to myself after being with people all day or having consecutive days where I go out with people. If I can't get my alone time, I tend to shut down mentally for a bit where I'll be present with others, but not interacting with anyone.
    No, but I think I will, because yeah, It really is.

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    I'm very introverted, never associated anything negative with it and wouldn't want to be anything else. I don't personally value extrovert traits that much, though I'm aware most people do.

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    I think I'm a bit of both. Although outwardly I may give a false impression of being introverted due to being inhibited by anxiety, so people would view my lifestyle and social communication patterns as introverted.

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    I love being introverted
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    I am an introvert.

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    According to the Myers-Briggs test I'm introverted, but less so as I've gotten older. Still have a higher score on Introversion, just not as extreme as it used to be when I was younger, more anxious, and depressed (all of which probably influenced my answers, I'm sure).

    According to the myth list above--I'm DEFINITELY introverted! Almost all of it fits me.

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    ^ Interesting I just took a, introvert/extrovert test to see where I scored.

    Humanmetrics Jung Typology Test™
    This free test is based on Carl Jung's and Isabel Briggs Myers' typological approach to personality *.

    Your Type
    INTJ
    Introvert(56%) iNtuitive(50%) Thinking(1%) Judging(22%)

    You have moderate preference of Introversion over Extraversion (56%)
    You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (50%)
    You have marginal or no preference of Thinking over Feeling (1%)
    You have slight preference of Judging over Perceiving (22%)

    http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes1.htm

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    ENFJ
    Extravert(1% ) iNtuitive(25% ) Feeling(75% ) Judging(56% )

    You have marginal or no preference of Extraversion over Introversion (1% )
    You have moderate preference of Intuition over Sensing (25% )
    You have distinctive preference of Feeling over Thinking (75% )
    You have moderate preference of Judging over Perceiving (56% )

    The mind boggles about that result.

    I honestly don't know. After socialising, I don't need to be alone to recharge my batteries. In fact, being with people and meeting new people has a remarkable healing affect on me and is something I enjoy doing. But I don't like big crowds of people and I have been likely to feel nervous and anxious and or shy before and or during the social occasions.

    It's been hard to pin down what's been going on for me and I suspect it's something from a while back.

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    And those emoticons are not meant to be there. What a funny happenstance...

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    INFP (as usual--I've taken before too)

    78% Introverted
    75% Intuitive
    88% Feeling
    56% Perceiving

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