I like people, generally speaking. Some I find more tolerable than others. Some of the more gregarious ones tend to make me feel completely exhausted, and also arouse my suspicions as to their sincerity.
You see, I am very much an Introvert! I am quiet, by nature, and prefer to observe rather than lead. I notice….oh yes, I notice more than I say. Didn’t think anyone saw you picking your nose during staff meeting? Yeah, I noticed. Didn’t think anyone heard you belch into your napkin so delicately pretending to sneeze? Yeah, I noticed that too. Not much subtlety escapes my notice, I just don’t feel the need to voice it.
I like to sit quietly and read or write. Whilst engaged in this pasttime, I am still quietly noticing. I use reflective surfaces as mirrors, so I noticed you adjusting your “unmentionables”. My ears are sensitive and hear your whispers.
No, I am not some creepy prowler. I am just a quiet observer. I like working by myself. I like spending as much time being quiet as I possibly can. Loud people who are loud just for he sake of being loud or in an effort to be “intimidating” piss me off. Just because I am quiet does not, by any stretch, mean that I am weak or afraid. I am calculating when I must be.
I like thinking things through. Granted, not all of my thoughts work as imagined, but I learn from that and file it away for next time. I am constantly learning; constantly thinking; constantly observing. My mind wakes me up at night because it wants more input when my body wants sleep.
Because I am constantly thinking, I am also caring. I am a wonderful listener. I enjoy spending one-to-one time. I do have friends, but my true friends are a very small and tight knit group. I like to vacation to places that are off the beaten path. I like to sing in the car (partly because I sing very badly but mainly because I feel comfortable when alone in the car). I am perfectly comfortable sitting in silence.
I am an Introvert, not anti-social. I may be an Introvert, but I also have feelings.
I am an Introvert! And you cannot change that about me, so please don’t try!