Introvert Personality Anxiety

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.

52 thoughts on “Introvert Personality Anxiety

  1. I’m exactly the same. I have this week off work and may not talk to another person all week and I’m okay with that. It will be nice to see people at work the week after though. Everything in moderation!

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  2. psych4society says:

    I am the same way. It’s strange, I used to be completely opposite, but after college I think I just got sick of being surrounded by people all of the time, and I started to focus way more on myself. I used to hate being alone, and now I love it. I have so much more fun sitting at home reading than I do going out (I sound really lame, I’m only 24 haha). But I think it’s a good thing, it shows that your content with yourself, and that your independent. Just do you, whatever makes you happy, there’s nothing wrong with that 🙂

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    • I have tried to act more like an extrovert, because I thought that’s what other people would expect of me. However, it just made me miserable. I agree there is nothing wrong with living your life in a way that makes you happy.

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      • psych4society says:

        don’t worry about what other people think. I actually lost a lot of friends after college, when I stopped going out and partying. But I had to focus on myself, if there is ever a time to be selfish its now. A lot of my friends from college still party and go out every weekend, which is totally fine. I’ve talked to them about how I don’t enjoy those things anymore, I still see them occasionally, sometimes I’ll stop by the bar their at grab a soda and hang out for half an hour, but it’s just not me anymore. And honestly at first, it was really hard for a lot of my friends to accept, they would ask me all the time “who are you.” But I do the low key things I enjoy that make me happy, and they do the things that make them happy. That’s really all that matters in the end, that were all happy with who we are, and that we respect ourselves enough to do what makes us happy, even if it’s different from those around you. Just be you, it’s your life no need to worry about what others want you to be like.<3

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      • Thank you for your honesty and bluntness. It is admirable to spill your true feelings on media where others can see them and criticize.

        I have friends and like you and I certainly sympathize. Don’t worry about pleasing others. Just do you and accept yourself always.

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  3. I can definitely relate. At least now we understand more about introversion–or at least it’s talked about more. Growing up I thought I was just weird. 🙂

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  4. I’m introverted. I won’t say extreme. But I have a combination of shyness and being an introvert. I understand how in affects me, so can understand where you are at with it. I am much better one on one with people than large groups. I tend to become very quiet in large groups :/

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  5. I personally understand it better when people state things like, “need to recharge my batteries”. When the person explains it is about themselves. I probably understand that better because that is how I feel. I just need to be away from “others” and “input” and just chill. Center.

    So, like Tammi Kale said, “I can really relate to this . . .”

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  6. jvandervlugt says:

    I get it. I’ll get very involved with my art, it’s just me and my dog at home while the spouse is at work, and after a few days, I tell myself “you need to get out.” I totally get it. 👍

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  7. I totally get what you are saying. It’s taken years for me to understand my need to be alone; it is how I get my energy. And it is only recently that I’ve felt ok telling people what I need. There will always be some people who simply don’t “get it” but you’ll probably find most do.

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  8. As a child, I always wondered why my mother went to the bathroom. As a parent she let me and my sister’s in on a little secret, it is was to escape and get some alone time.

    I have taken that step a bit further with family and friends. I have attended many functions with family, and for work, where I spend time in the bathroom (aka “Office of Solitude”) with no one ever discovering my secret.

    We all need a break from the noise of people so yoga, meditation, and my offices of solitude are my islands from the busy world of noise and people.

    Seeking out your islands of silence to escape the noise of humanity is natural. 🙂

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  9. Strange I was figuring out last night when I had been at my happiest. Bet you know where I am going with this! It was when I am alone for a week at a time. I love seeing people, family and friends but I really need my own space for a prolonged period afterwards. I do worry that I should get out more as loneliness is supposed to be bad for you but I really prefer to be alone at home. Thanks for this thought provoking post.

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  10. OMG. This is so me.. I’m such an introvert. People often mistake this for pride. Not that I hate people, I’d just rather stay solo with my music. I find solitude to be very peaceful.

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  11. I understand this completely, we all need a break from people, no matter how much we love them. I can get a quick recharge by going outside and being on grass. Bonus if I take my shoes off .

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  12. I have now are big problem to find are Job , the economy is not very great here in Canada and I try soo many things but still nothing is easy here, when you don’t have soo many connection to get are great Job in some Company anywhere in the world then still you have are problem , I know how everybody feel

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  13. Echo total overlay. . .you are brave to share this–it is what I least like to articulate; introverts sense each other pretty readily, and extros don’t get it anyway.

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  14. I get it. I get totally exhausted when we have guests and I have to be “on” all day. Wears me out. Give me knitting and Netflix and you won’t see me for days.

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  15. Thanks soo much Lynn , I’m happy to see you on our amazing blogging page , I wont to wish you all the best and are beautiful day , I dont mean are beautiful day I wont to say I wish you every day are beautiful day , is very great when you smile then what is are day out of smile

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  16. neeshnn says:

    Ooh, this is so like me. I am currently in my isolation mode and it has already been 2 weeks. I realized how peaceful my mind is being away from the noise,drama & expectations. I hope I can always be in my ‘peace bubble’ even when I am surrounded by people.

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  17. Fictionophile says:

    You are not alone. I share your feelings exactly. I’ve often attributed it to being an only child – being used to amusing myself and being alone frequently.

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