Life is already a challenging thing to navigate, but as an introvert, it can be overwhelming, and sometimes downright unpleasant to interact with extroverts and other people in general. You’re hyper-aware of the micro-expressions on a face or the subtle change in someone’s tone. A sudden drop in a conversation makes you wonder if you’ve done something wrong, and you keep thinking about it for hours, even days later.
Do you struggle with boundaries? Setting boundaries is about more than just personal and emotional space. Many people struggle with boundaries, but it isn’t as obvious as you might think. A boundary struggle can manifest as a difficulty saying no or as social anxiety. You might feel guilty about speaking your mind if it upsets someone. Because of this, you might put the needs of others before your own.
Fear of intimacy often manifests as a difficulty or reluctance to expose our true selves to others. Often a trait of those experiencing social anxiety or social phobia, fear of intimacy makes it difficult to have close, lasting relationships with others. It is often challenging to start a new relationship. Those with a fear of intimacy strive to avoid rejection, criticism, or abandonment. Fear of intimacy is caused by past traumas.