Being an introvert does not mean that you are shy. This is a common misassumption people make when dealing with introverts. Shy people tend to exhibit anxiousness, panic and are afraid in many social situations. However, introverts do not show these signs of discomfort and anxiety. In fact, an introvert can easily give a captivating presentation to a large room without even a wince. So, what exactly is an introvert if he is not shy? Well-in short, an introvert, unlike their extroverted counterparts, is a person who finds dealing with others exhausting.

Introverts Hate Being Called Shy

It is not that an introvert is antisocial or dislikes people. They just need the time to re-charge their social batteries. In fact, I tend to have two hours of recharge time for every hour of social interaction. This does not mean I am depressed or a "loner". Actually, it is quite the opposite, I am friendly, outgoing and fun… when I have had my adequate my alone time.

Introverts are not generally seen in a positive light by society. This is generally due to extroverts taking over. Many of our leaders tend to be extroverts and introverts are often looked down upon. However, there needs to be a balance. Introverts need to have the confidence in their abilities and be able to express themselves. Extroverts, on the other hand, need to understand introverts and give them their space to recoup themselves.

Introverts have the unique ability to stop what they are doing and reflect on situations and problems. They can be very analytical and tend to be great problem solvers. However, expressing these opinions can be an issue. They are often beaten to the punch by extroverts as they are more willing and can easily express themselves, even when their ideas make no sense. Introverts can combat this by ensuring they can quick, smart replies backed up with sensible arguments. Introverts should not second guess themselves and have confidence in your opinions and ideas.

Society has to realize that introverts are not damaged or mentally disturbed. Introversion is just a personality trait. In fact, people can be both introverted and extroverted. For instance, an introvert can act like an extrovert with people he or she feels comfortable with. However, after this social engagement he or she would rather be alone for a few hours. An extrovert would thrive off of interacting with others and can be social for a longer period of time. Understanding these differences is the key to having the two personality traits work well together.