Warning: this begins with a brief ad.
Also, 12 rules for dealing with introverts. I think #12 is the most important. No matter what a person’s orientation we should respect their right to be themselves. #2, #5 and #8… I thought those were rules for everyone. Part of what we used to call “common courtesy.”
I’ve never been totally sure that I’m really an introvert but I know I’m not a true extrovert either. Isn’t there something in between? I don’t mind (very much) being in crowds of strangers. A small group of strangers bothers me though. I like to socialize but it bothers me that I often can’t think of anything to say until it’s too late to say it. I prefer writing to talking and it makes me sad that none of my relatives, outside my immediate family, like the Internet (or even old-fashioned letter writing) so I really can’t communicate well with them. I feel like they don’t really know me and never will.
I do like and need alone time but that doesn’t mean that I don’t also like, need and even crave being around other people. And believe it or not, I like attention. My dignity is important to me though. I don’t deal with embarrassment very well at all. Even the most insignificant embarrassing moments haunt me for years. And I hate, hate, hate that many people think that if you’re not laughing, grinning or acting silly it means you’re unhappy. And I hate, hate, hate, that introverts are considered “boring”. Just sit down, be still, listen, give me time to think, and you might find out that I’m pretty darn interesting.