I truly enjoy your company — in small doses.
Growing up, I was told I was shy. I favored sitting quietly with my thoughts over articulating them to someone else. I loved listening to others share their thoughts as I visualized their words into masterpieces in my head. The adults labeled me as being shy, so of course, I believed it.
As I got older, family and friends would complain that I’m antisocial. While I’ve always enjoyed being a part of holiday get-togethers and special celebrations, I stayed clear of almost all casual invitations in between. I felt guilty for enjoying (no, NEEDING) time alone, while others looked forward to gathering together every weekend.
Am I afraid of or dislike people? Is something wrong with me?
The only thing wrong was how I’ve been identifying my personality trait. I’m neither shy nor antisocial… I’m a positively healthy introvert.
P.S. Lemme know what you think!
Carmen is a mom, life strategist, religion teacher, best selling author, advice columnist, foodie wannabe, and advocate for victims of narcissistic abuse. She is currently living la vida loca in Vegas with her not-so-little human… prepping him for med school while pseudo-adulting, Tahitian dancing, and exploring the delicious world of bubble tea *woo!*