introverts are people too

I make no secret that I am an introvert (INFP in fact), and I absolutely love this article posted via Twitter: “Caring for Your Introvert”. I tend not to consider myself antisocial, I do consider myself “asocial,” in that I don’t *need* social activity, and if given the choice, I’ll often be happiest away from something social. The larger a group, the less inclined I’ll enjoy myself. As the author puts it, social settings are simply tiring for an introvert.

Extroverts are energized by people, and wilt or fade when alone. They often seem bored by themselves, in both senses of the expression. Leave an extrovert alone for two minutes and he will reach for his cell phone. In contrast, after an hour or two of being socially “on,” we introverts need to turn off and recharge… This isn’t antisocial. It isn’t a sign of depression. It does not call for medication. For introverts, to be alone with our thoughts is as restorative as sleeping, as nourishing as eating.