here’s what being an introvert feels like: loud, crowded environments make your skin crawl and uncomfortably increase the level of adrenaline in your body.
Making small talk hurts, in a synethesic kind of way. talking in general is dully uncomfortable, unless you know the other person very well.
even being around people you like, for several hours straight, is exhausting.
all of these elements are well documented. I’m just thinking about it because of how it affects my business. and my social life, for that matter.
you know, when I describe it, introversion really does sound like a psychological illness, though I don’t believe it to be.
but you know, I like people! it’s just the initial getting-to-know-you stage that is so uncomfortable. Once we’re past that I’m a great friend, and usually quite interested in organizing dinners, coffee, or other stuff.
just not in loud places.
sometimes I think about moving to nyc and then remember every place is loud.