17 Insightful Quotes That Will Speak To Your Introverted Soul
They just get you.
Being an introvert is complicated. Sure, on paper it may be straightforward. It's described as: "Introversion is one of the major personality traits identified in many theories of personality. People who are introverted tend to be inward turning, or focused more on internal thoughts, feelings and moods rather than seeking out external stimulation."
Simple, right? But the reality is much more complicated than that. People misunderstand introversion to mean shy or meek. In reality, introverts can be incredibly outgoing, it's just that they find socializing tiring and need to recharge and energize by spending time alone. Extroverts, on the other hand, feel like they're at their strongest and refueled by spending time with people. Neither is better or worse, but introverts often get written off and are subject to assumptions about them that just aren't true.
The good news? There are a lot of introverts out there. And they understand what it's like for you. Not only that, people have been speaking a lot more recently about what it means to be introverted, about how it effects of them. Which means more awareness and better understanding. So if you're a struggling introvert, you should be able to find inspiration out there. Because you don't need to apologize for how you are. It's not a weakness, it's not a fault. It's just a difference. And these quotes should show you that you have so much to give and nothing to say sorry for. Instead, you can see how many people understand what it's like to be an introvert— and why it's okay to make sure that your needs are getting met.
"That's the thing about introverts; we wear our chaos on the inside where no one can see it."
"Don't be so quick to judge me. You only see what I choose to show you."
"I overanalyze situations because I'm scared of what will happen if I'm not prepared for it."
"I withdraw from people and places from time to time, I need space from a world that is filled with millions of mouths that talk too much but never have anything to say."
"You gotta stop watering dead plants."
"People say I love. So, I watch what they do."
"Be biggest regrets in life are being too damn nice, apologizing when I didn't do anything wrong, and making unworthy people a priority in my life."
"Without rain nothing grows, learn to embrace the storms of your life."
"An introvert's desire for solitude is more than just a preference. It is crucial to our health and happiness."
"''You're gonna be happy,' said life, 'but first I'll make you strong.'"
"Characterize people by their actions and you will never be fooled by their words."
"The problem with being introverted is that there is no polite way of saying 'I love you but I'm tired of being with you right now.'"
"Life becomes easier when you learn to accept the apology you never got."
"My life is a struggle of constantly wanting to go out and have fun with people and also simultaneously trying to avoid all human contact."
"You know the truth by the way it feels."
"So, if you are too tired to speak, sit next to me, because I, too, am fluent in silence."
"I'm not anti-social, I'm selectively social."
So there's a lot more to being introverted than meets the eye— and it's not about being shy. A lot of introverts aren't even close to shy. Instead, it's about people who just need some time to themselves. The truth is, most of us need that at one point or another— it's just that some people need it more than others. And there's nothing wrong with that.
So own it. Stay in on a Friday night if you want to. Treat yourself to a bath or watch all of Netflix. Sometimes you just need to unwind and recharge. It doesn't mean being a flake— being a flake would be just disappearing with no explanation. But if you tell your friends what you need and why you sometimes don't go out, they'll understand. A good friend will want you to be happy and understand what you need, they wouldn't want you feeling bad and stressing out all the time because you need to leave a party earlier than they do. Seriously, it's just not that big of a deal.
And I get it— so often we're told that we need to apologize and feel guilty, even when we haven't done anything wrong. But if you explain what you need and act in a compassionate way, then there's nothing to feel sorry for.
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