I am an unashamed introvert. It's something I've taken a while to accept. When I was 18 and starting university I decided that I was going to have a complete change of persona and become a party girl. (I just heard my sister snort her morning coffee out her nose at the mere thought).
Of course I didn't become a party girl. I didn't even begin to attempt to become a party girl because it was so contrary to my nature that I didn't know where to start. Thinking back, I was possibly at my most self-contained during university. I will freely admit to spending one New Years' Eve during this time on my own, at my parents' farm, happily watching a documentary about Paul Simon. Yep, a real party girl!
Given that extraverts have all of the 'fun' and we introverts are seemingly left to watch from the sidelines, I was really rather pleased to come across this TedEx talk by Susan Cain. If you're an introvert, watch it and feel good. If you're an extravert, watch it and learn ;-)
Onwards and upwards,
If you're not a watcher you might like to read the transcript here