The best way I can explain it is by describing yourself being totally sucked dry by emotionally charged social butterfly vampires. These "vampires" suck people like me dry, because social events are so taxing, so exhaustive, and so anxiety provoking that I have to allow myself the ability to excuse myself from large events, even with my family.
When I boil it all down, I do like you. In fact, I love most of you! I just need space. LOTS of space.
During my time during these events, I enjoy interacting, I enjoy seeing the people I do, and generally watching and observing all of the people I care about. But then, I get what would look like a "gas empty" light that ticks within me that tells me that I've had enough.
These descriptions, and this "gas empty" light is called introversion.
For introverts, they thoroughly enjoy people, but in small doses. Introverts may look aloof, or stand-offish, but we are not purposefully being hurtful or rude. We just prefer to engage in smaller doses, in carefully thought out manners.
So, how do you interact with us, and not have us run away? I found this lovely "top ten" list on the internet (if it's yours please let me know so I can provide credit).
Consider yourself an introvert yourself?
Finding it difficult to cope?
This great Toronto counsellor is here to help you learn how to cope more effectively, learn how to give yourself permission to step away when your gas light goes off, and how to embrace your inner values with open arms.
I can complete psychotherapy via Skype, or therapy in person--my preferred method of meeting people. See? I can handle people; especially on a one to one basis!
Looking forward to your comments, and feel free to take advantage of my free, 30 minute consultation and I'll explore how we can work together!