1.Just because you are quiet does not mean you are shy.
Sure, introverts can be shy, but this is not what makes them an introvert.
Unfortunately, shyness is usually confused with introversion.
As an introvert, you like to fully think through what you say before you speak.
Like wise, you like to make valuable contributions to conversations rather
than just speaking for the heck of it.
When you do speak, you tend to be concise and to the point.
Just because you do not say much, it does not mean you are shy.
Shyness has to do with insecurity, fear and discomfort.
Technically, being shy is fear of social judgment whereas
introversion has to do with responding to stimulation.
The term shy is not interchangeable with introvert.
2. You are not boring.
Introverts still love to have fun, but just do not like to do it in the same way as extroverts.
Being introverted does not mean being boring and those close to you know this.
Your inner world is deep, creative and filled with meaning.
If you prefer to stay at home and read rather than go out to a club, this does not mean you are boring.
3. It is not that you do not like people.
If you are an introvert, socializing can drain you.
Mingling, networking, interacting with others and having to be on can be
absolutely exhausting to the introvert.
It is ok to not be the life of the party and it does not mean
you are anti social if parties are tiring to you.
It isn't that you do not like people. You do.
But as an introvert, your batteries literally need to be recharged
by being in solitude or with only your closest peeps.
This is precious and totally necessary time for you.
4. You do not lack confidence.
Just because you are quiet or prefer to be in a small group or even alone,
it does not mean you lack confidence.
Confidence has to do with self esteem. Introversion does not.
5. You are not aloof or uptight.
Because introverts tend to be more quiet,
they are often misunderstood and to others,
may come across as aloof or uptight at first.
It is hard to fake being engaged or excited when you are just not and when you do fake it,
it is seriously tiring.
As a introvert, you do not share your real self with everyone
because not everyone gains entry to you.
That is just the way it is.
You are inner world is valuable and not everyone gets to know you.
6. You are not OCD.
Introverts notice things.
You are highly attuned to your environment.
If you notice the little things that other people seem to miss,
it does not necessarily mean you are OCD.
Introverts have a keen ability to notice subtleties such as body language, movement,
the tone of voice and nuances in behavior and surroundings.
If you are an introvert, you're likely also perceptive and you catch things that others do not.
7. You do not have to be like everyone else.
You may feel like you do not fit in.
You may feel like everyone else has more energy
to go out and do things that seem tiring to you.
The key thing to remember is that being introverted can be hard,
but it is also a blessing.
If you are an introvert, embrace it as an asset.