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Me? A functional introvert

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In a world that seems to have biases towards extroverts and social butterflies, folks like me who lean towards introversion often end up juggling between what society expects and our introversion. I’ve always tagged myself as a classic introvert, someone who enjoys cozy corners and solo pondering. But you know what? Just a few hours ago, I realized something – I’m a functional introvert!

It hit me like a weird epiphany while I was working on a blog post for one of my projects and reading a Reddit post about work ethics for introverts. I remember my previous conversations that went beyond the usual pleasantries like making jokes and sharing a little bit of my personal life with colleagues. Realizing how seamlessly I often engaged, like a light bulb switching on, led me to question my introversion.

The more I looked into the idea of functional introversion, the more I saw those traits in myself. Unlike the typical introvert who avoids the spotlight, functional introverts like me can actually handle social situations pretty well when we need to.

This realization didn’t nullify my love for solitude; instead, it added a new layer of complexity to my self-awareness. I could participate in group discussions, networking events, and confidently express my thoughts. Yet, at the end of the day, I found solace in my own company to recharge and process.

Understanding that I was a functional introvert helped me navigate various aspects of my life with a renewed perspective. It granted me the freedom to embrace my capacity to blend into social situations while also honoring my need for a personal retreat.

If you’re also thinking about this idea, I absolutely encourage you to delve into the realm of functional introversion. Embrace those times when you’re comfy with others, and enjoy the times for your “me-time”. Keep in mind, there’s no universal guide to being an introvert. Functional introverts pack a unique combo of social grace and profound thinking.

As I keep going as a functional introvert, it hits me that figuring myself out is an ongoing adventure. Embracing the quirks of who we are doesn’t just make us wiser about ourselves, it also lets us wade through life with a realness that’s super cool.

So here’s to us, the functional introverts – the masters of social blending and keepers of inner zen. Let’s keep rocking our wonderfully complex selves and rocking the balance between extro and intro vibes!