I Do NOT Need to Overcome Introversion, and Neither do You

   I will often seek out Bible verses on various topics. Sometimes it is for things I am struggling with such as anxiety, or the state of the world. Other times it isn't because I need help getting through things, it's just a matter of wanting to grow my knowledge or get a spiritual insight on something. I love to find verses on hope, joy, love, and other amazing positive emotions. Ever need to feel uplifted? Search out the fruit of the spirit!

   Today I was searching for verses that might offer encouragement for introverts. Yes, on top of social anxiety, I am also an introvert. They are NOT the same thing. Not all introverts have social anxiety and not everyone with social anxiety is an introvert. That is important to know and remember. But me... both.
   In my search I came across an article someone wrote in which they compiled Bible verses to help people "overcome introversion." She referred to herself as a recovering introvert.

   Recovering? Overcome? What?!?
Introversion is NOT something we need to overcome, nor is it something we need to recover from. Introversion is NOT a personality disorder. It is NOT something to be ashamed of. An introvert is simply someone who is drained by social encounters and energized by solitary pursuits. They are often highly creative, thoughtful, empathetic, and intelligent people. They simply need time to themselves to recharge because the world and the people in it can be overwhelmingly draining. This does NOT mean introverts are anti-social. They are NOT rude. They are NOT somehow abnormal, defective, or wrong. Although they ARE often made to feel that way. They do NOT need to "come out of their shell." They need that damned shell to get through a day.

So if (like me) you are an introvert, then I have a message for you:

Being an introvert is perfectly normal. Despite what your peers, teachers, co-workers, friends, and even family may tell you, being an introvert does NOT mean there’s something wrong with you! In fact, introversion is actually quite common. Studies suggest that 30 to 50 percent of the U.S. population are introverts. That’s one out of every two or three people you know. So never, ever let anyone tell you that introversion is something you need to overcome. It is a part of you. It is normal. And you are perfect just the way you are. Shell and all!

Matthew 14:23
And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. 

Hmm... Perhaps Jesus was an introvert too.

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