Introversion and shyness are not the same thing. According to Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, introversion is a preference for quiet, minimally stimulating environments, while shyness is the fear of negative judgment. However, many introverts experience painful shyness at some point in their lives.
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1. When you want to say something in class but you’re nervous about raising your hand.
2. When you can’t stop thinking about something awkward you did.
3. When you’re so quiet you become practically invisible.
4. Because talking to strangers made you nervous.
6. When you’re trying not to draw more attention to yourself.
7. Because working alone was easier than suffering through conversation with your partner.
8. When you have to introduce yourself on the first day of class.
9. Because you don’t need all that attention.
10. Can you disappear now?
11. Because you’re completely capable of reading, but when you read in front of other people, you’re 100x more likely to make an awkward mistake.
12. And then this happens.
13. Because you don’t want everyone to notice that you finished first.
14. You’re supposed to talk now?
15. Conversation? No thanks.
16. Because you don’t want everyone to look at just you.
17. Speaking to a stranger and not knowing what to say? Horrifying.
18. When you don’t want anyone to go out of their way for you.
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19. When everyone knows how shy you are.
20. When you feel like your shyness has made you miss out.
21. When people think that pointing out your shyness will somehow make you come out of your shell.
22. That amazing moment when you realize you’re not the only person who felt that way.
Introverts, can you relate? What was it like for you growing up?