How to Make Friends as an Introvert and Not Alienate Yourself

Friends
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Picture this: You’re on the bus after a tiring day at school or work, thinking about dinner and whether your cat missed you. A Friendly Acquaintance, who you don’t mind but don’t know that well, comes on. What do you do?

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3 Totally False, No Good Myths About Introverts

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This photo “shy” is copyright (c) 2013 Lucio R. and made available under an Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license.

When I was a kid, I was frequently described as “shy” and “too quiet.” This was great for my self-esteem. Not until my first year of college did I come to understand a more positive descriptor: introvert. I’d heard the word before but thought that it, too, was bad. Then I had a book recommended to me: Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain. This was, for real, great for my self-esteem.

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