A favourite post of mine that helps for those that are not sure of the difference between introversion, shyness and social anxiety.
I know hands down I am an introvert, which I have blogged about in the past in how it affects me. But in the past people have mistaken it for shyness, when then at that time I wasn’t.
Introversion, shyness, and social anxiety can sometimes get mixed up, but they’re quite different. In this post we’ll look at some of the similarities and differences.
Introversion is a personality trait, and appears in the Myers-Briggs personality typology. The opposite is extroversion, and individuals may fall at different points along the continuum between the two. I lean strongly in the introvert direction. One of the key elements that differentiates introverts from extroverts is the kinds of situations that drain and replenish mental energy.
Shyness involves feelings of discomfort and awkwardness, typically when meeting new people. It can be an enduring personality trait, or it can appear during certain phases of development. It tends to appear in people with low self-esteem. Shy people may develop social anxiety disorder, but not necessarily.
Well balanced introverts are highly aware of their social energy. They guard it with their life and implement strategies to ensure it remains protected! Failing to remain balanced could negatively impact our work or personal life and quite frankly we don’t have time for that! If we’re out chasing our goals as BOLD INTROVERTS we need to do all we can to ensure we put our best foot forward!
Every. Single. Time!
So, I’ve put together 7 things well balanced introverts do. I actually apply these 7 things to my own life and it helps me manage being a wife, mother and content creator for this blog!
1. They turn on their ‘Do Not Disturb’ at 9pm
10:30pm is about the average time most people go to bed. In the hour or so before you go to sleep you should start relaxing your mind. Research has found that using…
Something I can relate to as an introvert, that I discovered today. Do pop on over and continue to read.
I don’t always have my nose buried in a book, You will not always find me hiding in a nook, I like talking to people. Surprise,surprise! This is normal for me, I’m not unstable. I don’t have an outgoing best friend, I may not even be good in studies, I can be like you, […]
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Most introverts are not selfish as some people may think. Introverts do want to meet your needs and support you just the same, but how we may express ourselves may be different to what you are used to and you may not understand us.
You can’t expect to change who we are and us introverts don’t expect you extroverts to change either! We just want you to at least understand our behaviour.
Introverts think about their friends a lot and we really do care. However, if you force yourselves on us in order to make us change or do things your way, the we can become frustrated.
I became frustrated for some time because I was not given space required while studying and in between from meeting up, or chatting online and my requests were being ignored, regardless how it affected me, or how I felt I’d seen it. I had to cut this friend off to a certain degree for a while.
If boundaries are not going to be respected, then unfortunately I feel I have to cut you off for a while. This is because as I have mentioned in previous posts, I am no good to anyone if I am drained or burned out. This includes looking after myself.
In the end, if I find my boundaries are never going to be respected, then I will cut you off altogether permanently.
Having a friend cross boundaries with me has been a first. Hopefully it will be the last time I experience this again too.
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