I am making this post because it is necessary.
The first post I made back in June of this year already described what I feel about recharging alone and needing a space and time to find myself again. These pictures are excellent in conveying more about what I feel.
You’re not me so you don’t know what it’s like. Don’t push people to do things that they don’t want to do.
This photo (the second one obviously) is probably how I’ve been feeling for the last couple of months
Like this. Last-minute cancelled events make me so happy
It doesn’t mean that I don’t like to hang out with people. I only like to hang out with select people.. one on one preferably.. and since this is not realistic, the energy exerted in social groups drains me
Everyone’s “normal” is different
Good picture. Is this so hard to understand?!
Yes! This!^ A one-hour event is just not just one hour for me. I need to prepare 30 minutes beforehand at least and then another couple of hours to unwind
I’ve already shut down when I’m not saying much in a small group (2-4 people)
Introverts literally have a different nervous system than extroverts. We process things differently so a lot of stimuli at once can and will stress us out
I need to leave because I’ve had enough of being around people and I’m starting to feel uncomfortable and drained…. so I give reasons on why I need to leave (i.e. “Yea… it’s getting late for me”)
After the activities in a social situation are over (ie. eating), I’m ready to leave
It bears repeating
My mental health is at stake if I don’t recharge completely every so often
(Also, why are most of these introvert pictures of females?! Males are introverts too!)
Low battery warning
Half the time, I don’t say things because I don’t have the energy for it. But when I’m alone and can type/write it out, I can express myself a lot
What gets scheduled, gets done. Ask me to do things ahead of time, not spontaneously, so that I can subconsciously/mentally prepare myself
During low battery
I think this infographic is one of the first and best encapsulations of describing introversion that I have seen. It’s too bad that most extroverts will never read or see this though to understand what their introvert friends are going through…
Those are all the pictures I can find right now that relate to my situation. Perhaps I’ll add more in the future, or make a third post…
Thanks for reading. 🙂