But that being said, I tend to feel the most extroverted and "on" when I'm surrounded by people with whom I feel comfortable. I'm not good at walking into a room full of people and shaking hands with strangers, no matter how good it would be for me to do professionally. And even when I'm in a room filled with people with whom I should be familiar, I'm still not the type to approach them and would be much happier hanging out in the background...or perhaps behind the scenes.
I know I don't fit your textbook definition of introvert, but despite what you may think, I'm definitely more introverted than extroverted. (Really.) And once I read Buzzfeed's 27 Problems Only Introverts Will Understand, I was pretty convinced, because I can identify with almost every single one of them!
Some of my favorites include:
- When you carry a book to a public place so no one will bug you, but other people take that as a conversation starter.
- When people can’t seem to grasp that being in small groups is where you excel the most.
- When people make you feel weird for wanting to do things by yourself.
- When you’re really excited to go out, but those good feelings don’t last long enough.
- And when you need to be completely alone so you can recharge and get back to being awesome.
Do any of these sound like you? That's absolutely fine. Remember:
Read the whole list at www.buzzfeed.com/erinlarosa/problems-only-introverts-will-understand. And then go someplace quiet and recharge yourself. I don't mind.