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What is an introvert?

Introverts gain energy by being alone. Stimulating environments and social situations are draining for introverts. We can only handle so much before we MUST restore ourselves in solitude.

This is where many people are confused about introversion. It’s not about wanting to avoid people because of shyness, or sadness. Introverts NEED to spend time alone to feel at our best. Plain and simple.

In contrast, extroverts are energized by socializing. They get a buzz from the very activities that overwhelm introverts. When extroverts spend too much time alone, they feel bored and depleted.

Neither personality type is superior, we simply have different needs.

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Dealing With INFJ Self-Criticism

I am my own worst critic. My inner INFJ self-criticism levels are so high that everything I do goes through a detailed analysis of “was it good enough?". Of course, I don’t relish the prospect of having to constantly question my own actions and words. But my inner...

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How Introverts Can Finally Stop Worrying

Introverts have a lot to worry about. We’re constantly at war with our own mind, as we battle against feelings of guilt, overwhelm, and inadequacy. We desperately want to mute our noisy thoughts and stop worrying. But how? How can we stop the endless cycle of worrying...

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7 Signs of Mental Fatigue + Easy Solutions

Mental Health Week on Introvert Spring continues and today we're talking about something many introverts struggle with: mental fatigue. Most introverts have struggled with mental fatigue at some point. For some introverts it’s a constant battle. Your mind is tired and...

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Introverts & Alcohol: An Unhealthy Crutch?

It's Mental Health Week on Introvert Spring, and today we're talking about a topic that isn't addressed very often: introverts and alcohol. Do you ever use alcohol to get through uncomfortable situations? I’ve received plenty of messages from introverts who rely on...

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6 Tips to Balance Alone Time And Socializing

A lot of introverts struggle to balance alone time and socializing. Maybe you can relate. When you go out, you feel like you should be at home. When you’re at home, you feel like you should be out. ‘Should' is really the operative word in both these scenarios. People...

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4 Ways Introverts Can Make Meaningful Small Talk

I grew up in a neighborhood with a lot of other kids my age. Even though I was an introvert, I knew everyone on my block — and I never thought about “what” to talk about. We all knew what everybody else was up to, what games we all liked to play, and who had gotten...

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8 Signs of an Unhealthy INFP

Are you an INFP like me? If so, you know what it’s like to embody a galaxy of confusing contradictions. INFPs feel emotions deeply, yet we may seem stoic and unemotional on the outside. We are dreamers, always seeing an endless sky of possibilities. We also have the...

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Why Are You So Serious? (Big Reveal)

Do people ever ask you this annoying question: Why are you so serious? You’re not the only one! After “why are you so quiet?” this is probably the question we introverts get asked the most. A lot of the time, people are just misinterpreting our resting b*tch face....

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INFJ: I love my solitude, but I love my friends more

I love my friends. Being an independent INFJ, I was always scared of using the L word. However, when it comes to my few close friendships, that fear is replaced by gratitude. That doesn’t mean I don’t like my solitude. But I've found that I can’t do everything by...

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