19 Struggles Of Having An Outgoing Personality But Actually Being Introverted

I think maybe many of us RA fans fit this description.

Introversion Effect

Like many categorizing systems, the separatist thinking behind them attempts to firmly place us in one container or another.  The flaw in these types of systems is that they don’t always take into account the middle areas of the spectrum.  And any system is just that: a spectrum.  I’ve long stated with unequivocal certainty that I’m introverted.  My friends, however, look at me askance, because I’m actually very fun-loving and outgoing when I need to be.  So on that introvert/extravert spectrum, I fall somewhere to the introverted side, but exhibit limited extroverted tendencies.  Here is an article found online that I have updated to reflect this spectrumized system.

1. You’re not anti-social, you’re selectively social.

2. At any given point, you have one (maybe two) best friends who are your entire life. You’re not a “group of friends” person. You can’t keep up with all that.

3. Social gatherings…

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7 Responses to 19 Struggles Of Having An Outgoing Personality But Actually Being Introverted

  1. kelbel75 says:

    do you dance on the table at parties, Marie? 😀

  2. Bollyknickers says:

    That list had me to a tee.

    It has also been pointed out to me that cultural norms play a part – for example, my slight introversion looks more extreme in my adopted country (Australia- where 70% of the population are on the extravert side of the continuum) than it would do in my country of birth, England. If I lived in Japan, I would be considered extremely outgoing.

  3. UK Expat says:

    Ahhh… thanks for posting this Marie. I really enjoyed this a LOT… I particularly loved the paradoxical balance between the opposing forces of avoidance and engagement. 😉

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