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hiding behind books

This is part 2 of my “Introvert Problems” blog series. You can read part 1 here.

Here you go– Seven more problems that we introverts deal with on a regular basis.

1. When you need to take time to prepare yourself for any upcoming event or party where there is any kind of social interaction or activity (my sister laughed at this concept when I tried to explain it to her . . . apparently it’s a very foreign idea to the extrovert sphere).

If someone springs any kind of spontaneous thing on me that involves a lot of people I have to work hard to keep the panicky or nervous butterflies feeling from taking over my body. Yikes!! For future reference, if you want me to go to any social thing with you please plan on telling me about it at least a week in advance for me to properly process the idea in my mind. Thank you. (Ok, I don’t always need that much time, but I do really appreciate a decent amount of warning. However depending on what it is, I might need a week.)

2. When you can’t just sit quietly and seriously in one place not doing or saying anything, without someone asking you, “Are you ok?”

Uh, thank you for your concern, but yes, I actually just like to sit and not smile or talk every once in a while, because constant smiling and talking is so much against my natural tendency. That doesn’t mean that something is wrong with me, or that I’m grumpy or mad. I’m just being my normal contemplative self.

3. When you love being home alone but you don’t want to make your family feel bad when they come home or think that you don’t want them there even though you kind of don’t . . .

. . . but that’s nothing against them–I love my family a lot!–it’s just that people are people, no matter who they happen to be.

4. When you really like taking pictures of people but you have a subconscious standard of how close you can get to people with a camera without them noticing your presence, and so you either deal with zoomed-out and/or slightly blurry photos or resort to spending lots of money on telephoto lenses (which is not all bad because telephoto lenses are just awesome anyways).

5. When you don’t look forward to your birthday because on that dreadful day all the attention is directly. on. you. *cue ominous music*

And the worst part is opening your presents. Even if it’s just your family! True story.

6. When you have to eat a meal with other people outside of your family, and you have to be extra careful to not slurp or burp or make a mess, and everyone is at the same table facing toward each other and they’re all looking at you.

A twisted extrovert invention, I guarantee you.

7. When you wonder if you are taking this introvert thing too seriously . . .

I mean, really, am I just weird or paranoid or something? Is this something that I should try to get over? What’s the correct balance between being myself, true to my nature, and getting too far into the fear of man or something?

Hmm. So what do you think?

Let me know your thoughts on introvert problems whether you are an introvert or not, and be sure to subscribe to my blog so you get notifications of each new post! Thanks for reading!