On Being an Introvert

Many people hear the word introvert and thing of someone at a party who sits by themselves or “that quiet person”.  That’s not always the case.  Some of us introverts are really good at social interaction…it’s just draining.  It doesn’t mean we don’t like people, we just tend to give our energy away when we’re in groups.  Extroverts gain energy from being in groups…feeding off the atmosphere.

As an introvert I find that I need to take time to recharge after social interaction.  For example when I lead on Sunday morning I can be out going and engaging but when I get home I usually need a nap or at least to recline and watch some TV.  That doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the social contact, I just need to recharge afterwards.

I find that there are a lot of misconceptions about introverts.  People tend to thing that we are somewhat standoff-ish or don’t like people.  That’s not the case at all.  We just interact a little differently.  Some people can just go into a group and start talking.  They get a rise out it.  They almost crave it.  I however do much better in a small group of people.  If there are 2 or 3 people in a group I have no problems.  I may not start every conversation but I will certainly participate.

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