Is social anxiety and shyness the same as being introverted? I would like to begin this post with a very simple explanation of what makes introvert and extrovert different. Introversion means that you get your energy recharged by alone time. Extroversion means you get your energy recharged by being around other people. You are either born an introvert or an extrovert. There is no right or wrong way to be.
It is very easy to assume that introversion equates having social anxiety or being shy, but that would be inaccurate. Introverts when finding themselves in a social situation find it very draining and need time to recharge afterwards.
Introverts also have a preference for deeper conversations over small talk, which means we prefer smaller groups than the larger one. In larger social gathering, we will tend to stay quiet, observe, listen, think about the discussion. We like to internalize our thoughts before speaking them. We will listen and encourage instead of talking about everyone or anyone with anyone who is willing to listen. It’s not that we don’t like to talk, on the contrary, it’s that we talk only when we have something valuable to contribute. We are comfortable with silence so we do not seek to cover it with words.
I often wish that more people would take the time to process and understand what is going on around them before interacting or reacting to a situation.
So in conclusion, social anxiety and shyness has nothing to do with introversion.