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I was wondering about introversion and social anxiety. I have SA but I enjoy being alone too. Can a person be introverted and have SA??? What do you'll think?

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I'm actually introverted AND I have SA, which is a pretty crazy combination. I'm very shy and anxious around people, but I know that I'm an introvert because I like to have time to myself after being around people. So it's definitely possible, and a lot of people think that introversion is the same thing as shyness/SA.
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of course it's possible. there's no reason that only extroverts would get SA. i am an introvert as well, and i have issues with with the self help books for social anxiety and dating because they seem to want to turn me into an extrovert.
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I'm also introverted, and have minor case of SA. I can be really good around other people, but since i'm introverted, i get really exhausted easily if i'm around people for too long. I try to balance by trying to be extroverted in front of people for shorter periods of time (do this by staying busy and positive). I think it's important to expand your comfort zone by trying to be extroverted because it can help yourself and other people out immensely. And like they say, when you start focusing on helping other people, your problems (and possibly SA) will start to diminish.
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I think most people with SA are introverted, and would think it's more unusual the other way around. IMO you're with the majority (self included).
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I think most people with SA are introverted, and would think it's more unusual the other way around. IMO you're with the majority (self included).
but do you think we are introverted because we feel uncomfortable around people? i think it's really difficult to separate the two sometimes.

clearly, there are introverted people who don't have SA but when you do have SA, it can be tough to imagine what you'd be like without it.
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I agree that most people with SA are introverted. It's a personality type. I may get over SA someday, but I'll always be an introvert.
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I was before my SA extraverted and now im still extraverted but less , but still I am
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Absolutely. Many are.

Even if I didn't have SA, I still wouldn't do many big parties, be loud and outgoing....but I could still have friends.

With SA I feel like I can't make friends, have a girlfriend, or even handle situations such as parties and the like. I'm scared to even go outside in daylight, sometimes.
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I think so.

I'm both, even if I didn't have the anxiety I still wouldn't be outgoing and looking to party or have a big giant group of friends. Back when I had friends I was the quiet one in the group who preferred to hang out with my friends on an one-on-one basis. I don't even long for friends now, just one or two that I trusted and enjoyed being around would be enough for me.

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I am introverted and I also have social anxiety. I was always the "quiet one" who didn't have a problem spending time by myself, even when I didn't have social anxiety. I've always been a keep-to-myself type of person.
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I have SA and I am more than happy to spend time by myself.
Before my SA got worse, I was never a 'loud' person and have always been pretty reserved.
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I have both. I don't really like being by myself though. I'm intoverted I guess but I think it's because of the SA that I'm introverted. SA makes me avoid socializing because of the stress I get from it, but I really do wish I could be comfortable spending time with people.
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I agree that most people with SA are introverted. It's a personality type. I may get over SA someday, but I'll always be an introvert.
I agree with this completely. I feel like even I seek out treatment, take meds, do therapy, and try my damnedest to get over this, I am always going to be a very introverted and reserved individual because that is something that is part of you.
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I'm puzzled actually about the topic of introversion and social anxiety. I know I'm an introvert, I knew that before I started to think I might have SA. The more I read about introversion though the more I think thats who I really am entirely and not actually someone who suffers with social anxiety. I always just get nervous around new people and new social situations.. but isn't that a little bit normal? The fact that I hold back from talking in those events seems to be more of introversion rather than anxiety. I'd rather observe more then strike up a conversation with the new people.

I'm just very confused and really wondering if I am just making myself out to be some girl who feels like I should take meds to be able to open up more to people or is this just my nature and I should accept that?

Or.. is it possible that SA & introversion are just one in the same?
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I thought most people with SA were introverted

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98% of SAers are introverted.
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I guess SA and shyness causes introversion. Can introversion even exist without SA and shyness?
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I guess SA and shyness causes introversion. Can introversion even exist without SA and shyness?
Yes, people who just hate to be with people, not because they get anxious around them, they're just anti-social. Also people who just plain enjoy doing things on their own.

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I'm introvert. I like to spent time alone too, but I have to admit that I like to have people around me too, but not the whole day.
And I think people with SA are mostly ALL introverts.
Because introverts are quiet, afraid of approaching people, not talking loud, etc.

What I wonder is, are there any Extroverts with SA??


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