If you answered “yes” to some or most of these questions…
you are likely an introvert. You’ve likely been heard most of your life to “speak up”, “don’t be so serious”, or the dreaded question, “Why are you so quiet?”. Essentially you have been told to be more extroverted.
The expectations of an extroverted society do not help and have likely made you feel worse about yourself. In fact, it can make you feel like something is inherently wrong with you. You start to avoid social situations more and more. You feel quite lonely, awkward, embarrassed, and long for deep connections with others.
On the flip side, you likely have a very rich internal world and think deeply and existentially. How do I know? I am a natural born introvert who spent years trying to figure out how to fit in to our extroverted world.