You’ve probably heard the word a million times: introvert. You’ve heard it in movies, day to day conversation, TV shows, and probably read it in books and all over social media too. Despite how often people use the word ‘introvert,’ most do not even know what it means or what it entails.
What does it mean to be an introvert?
Honestly, everyone is different. That being said, every introvert is also very different. However, introverts are people that tend to and prefer to keep to themselves, be it regarding physical, emotional, or social interactions.
How to avoid secluding yourself?
If you are an introvert and want to challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone, then you can start by not secluding yourself as much. This is obviously difficult for people that are introverts.
However, with good friends and loving family to help you out, you can start going out more and secluding yourself less. If not going out, then you can start by inviting a couple of or even just one person over to hang out. Getting out of your comfort zone doesn’t always mean that you have to leave the house or do something awkward. It’s okay to take baby steps.
Introverts like to spend time by themselves, which is great actually. However, when they decide to give other options a try, they tend to become overwhelmed with anxiety; which leads to irritability. This is not normal. Give yourself some credit and then relax! There should be no agenda when you’re simply just trying to have a good time with others. Though you may have a few expectations, be sure to give yourself the opportunity to ‘go with the flow’ and enjoy yourself.
How to understand your personality?
This is a major step. Some introverts do not even realize that they are introverts. Moreover, society tends to criticize this personality trait; often making it negative. If you are introverted, you are not weird or unstable. You simply enjoy spending time alone. Notate the moments when you are alone the most and the activities you are doing at those time. This will give you a better understanding of your personality. Som people enjoy being alone when they study, cook, or simply watch movies. Does this mean that you are strange? Absolutely not! Accepting your personality not only gives you a better understanding of yourself, it also enables you to do your best.
How to explain your personality to others?
This can be the most infuriating part of all. Most people will not understand people that they feel are ‘different.’ It takes a lot of patience and a lot of time to explain your personality to others. What might seem okay to us might not seem okay to others, which is why you need to explain to them that being an introvert is just as normal and just as okay as being an extrovert; or anything else for that matter. You’ll find that giving a little information about yourself is actually helpful to others.
At the end of it all, it’s important to know that there is absolutely nothing wrong with you.