Happy World Introvert Day

It’s World Introvert Day. I never knew such a day existed until it popped up on my Facebook feed this morning. Who decides these days? Is there a committee somewhere locked away in a conference room debating such important matters? I can only assume there’s also a World Extrovert Day, no doubt shouted from the rooftops. We introverts prefer to inform the world quietly, via a generic social media post.

I’m an introvert as in shy, retiring and socially awkward. My idea of hell is being placed in a room full of strangers and being asked to mingle. I always feel an outsider and cringe every time I open my mouth to utter some toe curling banality. I’m not good with people I don’t know, in fact I’m awful. When it comes to social butterflies I’m very firmly in the caterpillar camp.

When it comes to communicating, I certainly gravitate towards the written medium. I can hide behind my screen and think long and hard before I hit the publish button. Believe it or not, I put some thought into my words. They flow from my fingertips whereby my tangled tongue always ensures they come out back to front and upside down. Rejection is never quite as painful when it comes in the form of an e mail or message.

I’m too old in the tooth to change now. I’ll always be awkward or ‘odd’ as Fionnuala teasingly refers to me. She understands, if doesn’t always agree with, my odd ways. In work I’m a different animal. I put on a mask and slip into character as a confident, assured manager. I’m a father, husband, marathon runner, published author. I’ve got it all sorted. Oh, if only they knew.

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

47 thoughts on “Happy World Introvert Day

  1. Without a doubt an introvert, who does better behind a keyboard, than ranging about a room glad-handing others. I am the one that you will find at a party, talking to the owner’s dog or outside gazing at the stars. Yep, I am weird and awkward, but I am finally happy and accepted that weirdness as a part of who I am. 😉 Thankfully, the wife is pretty much on the same page as me and understands me better than I do myself most of the time.


  2. I am definitely an introvert. I need my time to recharge and most people would find me odd. Like you however I have perfected the art of putting on a mask and being in character. Small talk, what most people call making conversation is still a chore , though with family it isn’t unbearable as the topics are actually interesting


  3. I am definitely an extrovert, but one personality test I took recently said I was barely over the INTRO/EXTRO dividing line. That feels about right to me. I like to be around other people, but I really appreciate the value of solitude. Today I celebrate the gift of introversion.


  4. I am an introvert who is good at mingling with new people but bad at keeping friends because I can’t speak my mind, it’s quite strange that I’m so at ease with strangers but so afraid of what people I know (friends, coworkers) think. In the long run, I have noticed that I don’t get along with extrovert colleagues 🙄 and I need time to recharge at night


  5. i started life definitely as an introvert – but after years of being a pastor’s wife and being thrown in so many situations where I had to talk to strangers, I think I have slowly become an extrovert – or at least more comfortable with talking to strangers. I speak quite often to fairly large groups of people and actually enjoy that (because I’m in control of what I’m saying) but when I step down to speak one-on-one I still get a little nervous. My husband is a complete extrovert who never meets a stranger. When we first married and went to conferences or to visit new families in our church he had a hard time understanding why it was so hard for me to do that.


  6. Wow. I only began to own this in the last year lol (I’m now 70). Luckily I’ve been able to exist within my comfort zones in my work and family life; often so uncomfortable and anxious but I kept on for the greater good. I’m blessed to have been given tools and the ability to see and use them to get this far. Now, however, I chart my own path in the comfortable familiar.


  7. I’m an extrovert but still like a bit of space now and then. I’m also happier writing than chatting with people I don’t know. On a good day I’m better at being sociable and outgoing but sometimes I lack confidence.


  8. When I was younger, I didn’t realise I was an introvert. I worked in customer service and then an office, and enjoyed it. It wasn’t until I was older and read about the characteristics of introverts and extroverts that I realised that I am really an introvert.
    I experience the same anxiety as you, I would be fighting nausea if put into a room of strangers and told to mingle. I even struggle at the big family functions my in-laws have. Then I go home and try to work out how much of an idiot I may have made of myself – and I don’t even drink!


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