7 Signs You’re An Introvert (But Not Shy)

Originally published at lmt-lss.com on March 16, 2016.

Introverts love their space, but also their bunch of close friends.

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Too often people confuse someone who is shy with someone who is an introvert. While shy people find it difficult to open up to other people, introverts, on the other hand, choose to stay away from people. They’re not scared or easily embarrassed — as is sometimes thought, but prefer being with their near and dear ones and talking only to a select few.

Here are seven signs to tell if you’re an introvert and not a shy person.

1. You avoid the crowds.

You don’t like being a part of a huge crowd or a social gathering. You avoid parties because they’re packed with people you don’t know. You easily get annoyed with such places because you think they stress you out.

2. You aren’t too keen on meeting new people.

You’re not very excited to meet new people. In a social gathering, you don’t make an effort to talk to or know someone else better. You aren’t rude or shy, but you just don’t see the necessity of striking a conversation with new people.

3. You love your alone time.

You love to spend time by yourself. You don’t get bored, as you’re always up to something fun and exciting (for you, at least). You focus on your interests and hobbies much more than spending time with people and visiting new places.

4. You prefer the deeper relationship to superficial ones.

You believe in building deeper relationships with a select few rather than trying to make many acquaintances. You feel like interacting with smaller groups fosters a more meaningful relationship.

5. You’re also social sometimes.

When it comes to being around friends, you are social and talkative. Also, when you’re in your interest groups or among people who share similar interests, you’re quite chatty, to the extent that others could think you’re an extrovert.

6. You enjoy listening to people talk.

You’re a good listener, and you enjoy having conversations with people. You don’t shy away from giving your opinion. But, you do, however, like to move away from the center stage and prefer to shift the focus onto the other person.

7. You avoid conflicts.

You don’t like getting into an argument with other people. You think it’s a waste of time. You’d rather try to bring peace and stay away from heated discussions, especially with strangers and acquaintances, than to expend your energy

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