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Introversion vs. shyness. (Are they the same? Read on...)

Many people wrongly equate introversion with shyness.

While an introvert enjoys solitude and time alone, a shy person doesn’t automatically want to be by themselves – they are often afraid to socialise and connect with other people.
Whilst shyness can often be overcome, introversion is a permanent part of a person. Just because an introvert likes to spend time by themselves doesn’t mean they are shy. Many introverts actually have great social skills; they just don’t feel like using them.

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According to estimates, extroverts outnumber introverts by 3 to 1. This is a group for anyone who might seek a tranquil social space to meet like-minded people of a quieter, more introspective disposition - without the deterrent of being drowned out by the loud and rambunctious.

We all need good people, interesting conversation and long-lasting, meaningful friendships to feel connected and fulfilled in life; with the all-important time and space to recharge. This should be easier to find when there is commonality, understanding, genuine connection and mutual respect for the freedom to be a quieter person. Whilst the group is primarily for those who lean towards introversion on what is understood to be a fluid spectrum, its aim is not to exclude but to promote acceptance of people's right to be quiet, reserved or less outgoing, without fear of judgement.

Introverts United is developing into a lovely group full of warm, friendly and inclusive people who welcome newcomers and regulars alike to events. In terms of events, the usual diverse mix of social gatherings apply.. meals, walks, cinema and theatre trips, board games, museums and art galleries... you name it (and if you don't see it, please suggest it)

Feel free to write with any questions or feedback - or to make a request to be met by one or two members before attending your first event. One of the group's main aims is to be sensitive to that experience and to make socialising with new people as relaxing, peaceful, calm, fun and enjoyable as it should be :)

Hope you can join us soon!

Deb

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