13 Comics That Will Make Introverts Say ‘Same’

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Debbie Tung grew up feeling like something was wrong with her (which is how a lot of introverts feel). Rather than going to parties and hanging out with friends, she preferred spending time alone, quietly diving into projects she was passionate about. Not knowing she was an introvert, she spent her entire childhood trying to “fix” herself and live up to the extrovert ideal.

Then she took a Myers-Briggs personality assessment and discovered she’s an INFJ. Things finally clicked into place, and this new way of understanding herself inspired her to start drawing comics about introversion.

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“Creating comics became the best way for me to express myself,” she tells Introvert, Dear. “It helped me to be more open, understand my flaws, and take things from a more positive and humorous point of view.”


 

 

Tung, 26, lives in Birmingham, England, with her husband. Before embarking on a career as an illustrator, she worked in an open office as a software developer. Constantly surrounded by people and noise, her job left her feeling drained and unfulfilled.


Eventually, she left her job to focus on making art. As an introvert and a highly sensitive person, she says there’s no place she’d rather be than in her home studio. Surrounded by her books and art supplies, she feels free to be herself and create. “That’s the best feeling in the world,” she tells Introvert, Dear.

 

 

Her book, Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story, perfectly captures what it’s like to be an introvert. It follows Tung through graduate school, getting married, landing her first job, and finding her way as a young adult. “It documents moments in life when I was struggling with my quiet personality and eventually learning about my introversion and embracing it,” she says.

 

 

She hopes her comics will show fellow introverts that they are not alone, and they don’t need to be fixed. “We all experience introversion in different ways and some, like myself, who are highly sensitive, also experience anxieties and moments of self-doubt,” she explains. “Everything can feel intensely overwhelming at once, but in time, we will find the best ways to cope. When we learn to work with our quiet nature, that’s when we will find our voice.”

Her advice to introverts who feel out of place in an extroverted world: “The important thing is to always stay true to yourself. It’s so cliché but it really is the most important part of finding what works best for you and finding the right people who will support you and bring a positive energy into your life. There will be tough moments, but you will come out stronger. Remember that you’re not alone and that this is all part of the journey. Focus on your passions, the people you love, and what makes you happy. Life is too short for anything else.”

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World is available now. You can purchase it through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Tung’s websiteretina_favicon1

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  • Miklin van Amerom

    all too relatable

    • Robert S

      I agree. I could relate to all of them — except maybe the self-checkout situation. I would *want* to use the self-checkout side, but I would probably use the full-service side, as I wouldn’t want to hurt the cashier’s feelings inadvertently — something that I would still feel bad about 15 years later.

  • Jen Tyler

    I closed my very busy vegan catering/restaurant business.I was overwhelmed with the busy-ness, people constantly needing my attention, the relentless pace. People still ask me why I closed down such a busy, vibey, obviously successful restuarant. The look on their faces when I say it was cutting into my crochet time! 😀 Now I’m thriving in my little studio at home, with my cat and three dogs ,quietly designing crochet patterns and making a living off it too.

    • Karen

      I’m no expert on relationships but, surprisingly, I’ve found that I do better with extroverts. I’m a die hard introvert in that any social interaction drains me to exhaustion quickly. However, I’ve found that one on one with extroverts isn’t always draining with a partner. A lot of extraverts enjoy hanging out without constant interaction. They often get their extroverted needs met away from home with friends or at work and can enjoy doing their thing while you do yours and you are just happy hanging out with you in the same space. They may not always (or often?) “get” you, but they can still appreciate you.
      I find I need an extrovert (the right kind) to help me get grounded, snap me back to reality or help lift my spirits sometimes.
      Regardless of their introversion/extroversion I hope you find a wonderful partner to share your life with.
      Wishing you health, love and prosperity,
      K

  • RMF

    I love everything about this, and these cartoons – it speaks directly to me. But tell me, how does an introvert find another introvert partner in life? Dating was a nightmare for me the first time around (when I was young). I’m now divorced, older (in my late 50s) and although an introvert, lonely. I’d love to find another introvert to have the perfect date night reflected in the above cartoon. But the dating world seems only to be for extroverts too. Have you thought of starting an introverts dating site as the next chapter in Introverts, Dear? Please do! And not just for young people, but for those of us entering our golden years too. Is scares me to be alone, the older I get. Please help!

    • njguy54

      Any introverted developers out there who would like to take a stab at this dating app idea?

  • Carson Hall

    The Perfect Date Night….that’s me and my husband!

  • Karen Jones

    The last comic triggered an “aha” moment for me. I actually don’t like wintry weather because it makes me feel as though my choices are limited and because it just feels dreary. I just remembered, however, feeling glad to stay home sick when I was a child and in college because I felt I could justify shirking the usual homework and studying, and indulge in any number of creative pursuits, usually art. I’m actively engaged in some form of art regularly now as an adult, honoring that dream, but I didn’t take it seriously as a child or young adult.
    The power of art, as in these comics, is quite amazing to me.
    Nice.
    K infp/j

  • njguy54

    100% me, except that a) I’m male, and b) instead of carrying around actual books, I carry them on the Kindle app on my phone, because I’m lazy…