I am an extreme introvert. I could go days without talking to people and be very happy. In fact, I really enjoy having days without human contact. I am not anti-social, and I do enjoy being around people. I just need that alone time to recharge my batteries.
When I am forced to interact with people all the time and I don’t get enough alone time, I become irritable and my anxiety levels increase drastically. I actually feel agitated and it can even cause my depression systems to increase.
I try to explain this to people, but they don’t seem to understand. They don’t realize how important it is for me to have time for personal isolation. I don’t want to hurt people’s feelings, but I just need to be alone.