Defining Introversion

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Defining Introversion

Lucia Garay, Content Editor, Page Editor

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Many people seem to think that an introvert is someone who is shy, quiet, and doesn’t like spending time with a lot of people. As a self-proclaimed introvert, I am a contradiction to that stereotype.

I enjoy hanging out with people in large and small groups. I like going out to parties and dances. I am outspoken and loud (when I want to be). I have many friends. Despite this, I am, in fact, an introvert. This simply means that I can be as happy, if not more so, spending time alone and in a quiet environment than spending time with people at all hours of the day being loud and energetic.

Just as some extroverts need to be surrounded by people and friends to have fun, myself and other introverts require periods of peace, quiet, and solitude to “recharge” our social energy. While I enjoy social settings, it takes energy to spend time with people and sometimes I feel much more comfortable pursuing activities on my own.

It took me a long time to realize that I was an introvert who needed periods of alone time to focus on my own needs and wants. There is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying spending time alone and it gives me time to pursue hobbies and interests that are unique to me. I recharge my social battery by running, reading, writing, watching TV, baking, knitting, and a variety of other activities. Just because I don’t spend all my time with other people doesn’t mean I can’t have fun on my own.

To all those introverts out there who won’t follow their true natures for fear of being judged: take care of yourself! If you need some time alone, don’t be afraid to turn down a friend inviting you out for a wild night when you would prefer eating ice cream in your room for a solo movie night. It’s ok to choose yourself over others. It’s okay to prefer solitude over social circles. Self-care is important and everyone should make time for it.

There are a lot of amazing people in this world and you don’t want to miss out on the experience of spending time with them because you would rather hang out with yourself. You don’t want to miss out on the amazing opportunities that come with such amazing people. Take chances and step out of your comfort zone. Doing so will only make you a better person. Never be afraid to try and make new friends; you may find amazing new personalities, peers interested in the same things as you, or life-long partners in crime. Just because you are an introvert doesn’t mean you can’t have amazing friends who love you and understand you.

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