I believe you to be rather smart people. So I'm sure you've picked up on the fact that I'm an introvert. And sometimes I get intense cases of introversion. For instance:
1. When my introversion is so extreme even my dog seems incredibly clingy.
I love my dog. But she follows me everywhere I go in the house. It's kind of cool. But after I've already had my fill of living beings for the day, I just need my space to myself.
And I feel terrible to say that.
2. When your boss finds out it's your birthday and offers to announce it over the loud speaker.
Small panic attack over.
Just no. Okay?
3. When people try to talk to me during the times I really need my space.
Some days I get so drained, that even just a "how was your day at school," sets me off. I don't like talking to people when I'm that grumpy. In part, yes, because needing time to myself is why I'm grumpy. But also because I can be just mean at those times, and it's not their fault. They didn't do anything wrong. It's not fair for me to be angry with them, and I don't want to get angry with them.
It's just best to keep your distance at those times. My apologies.
4."Why do you always hide?"
5. When my mom comes into my room.
I do like to spend time with mom, truly. But since she is a mom, she tends to attract a crowd (aka: the other five members of my family). So when she's in my room, eventually half the household ends up in my room. It gets very loud and crowded.
6. At work when half my co-workers congregate around my register for no other reason than to make mild conversation with each other.
I feel like I'm suffocating. Not that I don't like them. There's just so many of them all at once! The quantity overwhelms me, I know that sounds pathetic, but it's true. I have to find some lame excuse to go somewhere else. I usually end up cleaning an unused register that has probably already been cleaned at least twice that day.
7. When people ask, "Why are you so quiet?"
Because the world needs quiet people too.
8. When people burst out with, "Don't judge me."
I guess my silence makes them self-conscious? Usually I'm not thinking about how they just used their debit card to pay for an 89 cent transaction. I do notice, but- pfft- that matters little peanuts to me. They can do whatever they want with their debit card.
9. When people think it's weird that I don't want to be complimented or noticed to a very large extent.
I don't mind a small compliment or a thank-you or something like that. But when they want to tell the whole world and then everyone sees me?
My invisibility field has been compromised.
10. When I'm with a group of friends, and everyone is interrupting each other each other, but when I try to say something they all just stop and stare.
Seriously, this always happened to me growing up in kids church and youth. Every time I tried to say something they would all just stop and stare at me. It was kind of daunting. And then when I had said what I wanted to, they all just continued onward. They didn't really building on anything I said like they did with each other. It was kind of like what I said didn't even happen although they all had been staring at me. It would've been more comforting if they had ignored me, really.