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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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An Introvert Gets Out of Her Comfort Zone

As a fellow introvert, you’ve probably heard plenty of people tell you that you need to get out of your comfort zone. This is annoying, to say the least. Especially because the people who try to poke and prod you out of your comfort zone don’t really know you. They...

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Why INFJs Don’t Like The Holidays

The holiday season is an extremely difficult period for INFJs. Many of us dread this time of the year, not because we hate it, but because it can be an eerie reminder of our loneliness and lack of meaningful connections. All those pictures of happy gatherings on...

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An Introvert’s Biggest Conversation Pet Peeve

I’m lazy as a piglet in mud today. Still in pjs, but somehow motivating myself to write this post for the greater good of all introvertkind. You see, today I’m talking about a personal pet peeve that I know most introverts will be all too familiar with. THIS is what’s...

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An Introvert’s Guide to Office Parties

The holidays can be tough for introverts. One big reason for our struggles is the endless holiday parties. Some we avoid, others we just can't get out of. The office holiday party is planted firmly in the 'must attend even if we really don't want to' category. So,...

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3 Hidden Reasons INFJs Wear Masks

How many times have you worn a mask? Try to think of an event, social gathering, or even a simple outing when you felt it was better to pretend you were someone else. One of the biggest pains of our INFJ personality is that we are often forced to wear masks. Whether...

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How to Stop Being a Pushover: Tips For Introverts

If you’re an introvert who has trouble standing up for yourself, you know how it feels to be walked all over—and not in the good way, like those Thai massages that crack your back. Being a pushover fractures your soul. It makes you feel voiceless, like in a dream when...

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How to Stop Worrying About What Others Think of You

A version of this article originally appeared on Do you find yourself constantly worrying about what other people think of you? Do you feel as though they are judging you or noticing things about you that are unattractive, awkward or embarrassing?...

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The Real Reason Introverts Stay Home

"In terms of like, instant relief, canceling plans is like heroin." -John Mulaney Isn’t that quote just so true? We introverts love to get out of plans we weren’t too excited about in the first place. And it’s not just because we love being alone at home. Solitude is...

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Why INFJs Are Called The Protectors

Have you ever wondered why INFJs are called protectors? Our personality cares a lot, but it’s more than that. All INFJs are fierce protectors, and we will do everything we can to safeguard those who matter to us. INFJ, the humble protector It’s a known fact that INFJs...

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