In every job interview I’ve ever attended, I’ve heard some variation of “tell me a bit about yourself”. It seems like a simple request. But for an introvert, it isn’t that easy. How do you describe yourself to someone you’ve just met? What do you include?
Physically, I’m 5’10”. I have brown hair and green eyes. I appear quiet and reserved when I first meet someone, or if I’m in a big group of people. But that’s just what you see on the outside.
I’m sure you already know that I’m introverted, an INFJ, and an HSP. I need alone time to recharge. I love being with people, in small doses. I’m highly affected by loud noise, strong scents, and other physical stimuli. These things can drain me just as quickly as social interaction. I don’t wear my heart on my sleeve and most people have no idea what I’m really thinking. It takes a lot of trust for me to open up to those around me.
I’m a kind and sensitive person. When someone is feeling down, I want to cheer them up, or at the very least, listen to their story. I can’t watch sad movies because I’ll cry during the entire thing, not just the sad parts. I can’t stand it when people take advantage of others and I’m fiercely loyal once you’ve gained my trust. Being yelled at makes me extremely uncomfortable and I’ll probably have to fight back tears. Even an argument going on in the same room upsets me. I’m attracted to the beauty in nature, even things that most people don’t even notice.
Being introverted, I crave connections with people. I’d choose a quiet coffee shop with good conversation over a crowded theme park, every time. I enjoy other outings as well, but my favourites are the ones where we just talk. This makes me a pretty cheap date too 😉 I live a fairly simple life. Most of my time is spent at work, going to the gym, grocery shopping, going for walks, cooking, and other household tasks. I spend my weeknights at home, because by the end of the work day, I’m exhausted. But I’ll use my weekends for seeing friends and doing exciting things. I still struggle with saying ‘no’. But I’m getting better and I don’t feel guilty any more. I’m currently interested in nutrition and exercise/workouts. I love the feeling of lifting weight and getting stronger, it’s really addicting.
I’m slowly becoming more confident and independent and I care less what others think. My journey has changed me. Lots of hard things have happened but lots of wonderful things have too. And I’m looking forward to the person I will become in the future.
So, who are you?