Are Introverts More Prone To Loneliness And Anxiety?

Have you ever felt completely alone in a room full of people, in a room with all your friends, in a room with the person that you love?

I have.

I have also felt completely happy in a room with no one in it but me.

Loneliness has nothing to do with the presence or the absence of others. It’s something else – something inside me – that needs my care and my attention.

Have you ever felt anxious without being able to point to something specific making you anxious?

I am often anxious because of work, but the times I have removed work from the equation I have come to discover the responsibility is gone but the anxiety is still there.

In other words, I have nothing to be anxious about. Why am I still feeling this way?

From this I infer loneliness and anxiety are not at all related to how I recharge after social interaction.

Instead, both maladies are an intrinsic part of the human condition.

They are often difficult to fix because I erroneously assume that both the culprit and the antidote are due to circumstances outside of me.

This answer originally appeared on this Quora question on Shyness.

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