Life of An Introvert; It’s a Gift By Akinola Marian Opeyemi

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The feeling of crawling up in my bed alone, accompanied by a latest, best-selling thriller novel or a newly released anticipated TV series and a bowl of freshly cooked noodles garnished with peppered meat and egg. Maybe hours later when I’m tired or my eyes hurt from staring at the screen for the better part of my day, I decide to take a little nap before I proceed.

A little nap turns into a lengthy one and by the time I’m awake, it’s nighttime. I painstakingly get up from my bed for my once in a blue moon outdoor strolls, I refuse to be accused of an unhealthy lifestyle. Before I go to sleep, I chat with my only friend just an update that I’m still living and breathing. Few minutes online feels like forever.

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After a while, I’m totally exhausted. I mean, I had quite a long day. This is how my ideal day goes, this is what I’m comfortable with, it is thrilling enough for me. Call me boring but my day was perfect.

I love my personal space and I thrive better alone. I prefer staying at home and reading a book than attending a gathering. The thought of expending so much energy at a social gathering wears me out and I recharge myself with some alone time. I like thinking about things and researching to have a deeper understanding of it. I won’t voice out until I’m sure I fully understand the concept.

Most people would term me as an ‘Introvert’.

The English Dictionary defines Introversion as a personality trait characterized by a focus on internal feelings rather than on external sources of stimulation. Extroversion is the flip side of introversion. These terms are said to have been popularized by the works of Carl Jung.

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Introverts tend to be reserved, quiet, self-aware and possessing a small group of friends. There are a lot of misconceptions concerning them. People often confuse Introversion with shyness or social awkwardness. Some believe they don’t like people and mistake their quietness for timidity.

Shyness indicates nervousness in social situations or fear of people. Introverts, on the other hand, simply do not like to spend lots of time interacting with other people. This does not mean they do not appreciate spending time out however an introvert would prefer deep conversation amongst closely knitted friends to small talks.

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Studies have shown that 70 percent of people are neither extroverts nor introverts, they fall in the middle. This means that every person has a little bit of introversion in them, some just tend towards it more. Are you contemplating whether you are one of the two or intermediate?, These are Five of the Eight signs of an Introvert according to Kendra Cherry;

  1. Being around a lot of people drains your energy.

2. Too much stimulation leaves you feeling distracted and unfocused.

  1. You enjoy solitude.
  2. You like to learn by watching others.
  3. People always describe you as quiet (they find it hard to get to know you).

Ultimately, To all introverts out there, “Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured…Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to”_Susan Cain. Introversion is an asset, utilize it well.

Written By:

Akionla Marian Introvert

Akinola Marian, a 300 level Law student of Obafemi Awolowo University. She is an enthusiastic writer and reader of different genres. She enjoys staying indoors, watching movies, baking and researching during her leisure.

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Instagram: @marianakinola

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