One of the biggest injustices that unknowingly hurts people’s mental health around the world is believing they are just innocent good little introverts.
They were probably called “shy” or “quiet” or “introverted” growing up and never questioned who they are or why their default behavior is the way it is ever since…
I know this because this was my life for over 10 years.
Everywhere I went people called me the quiet shy kid, and I thought nothing of it.
But here’s the thing. I wanted to speak my mind, I wanted to be social, I wanted to stand up for what I believe is the truth. Every time I tried, my brain would force me to sit down, stop talking, and run away.
I would feel this heavy mental conflict inside of me. A part of me that wants to speak and be social. And then another part of me would come up and say, Mark no matter what you do, don’t speak up, other people will judge you and hate you, just survive.
If you’ve never experienced this before, it may be hard to wrap your head around how this is people’s reality every morning when they open their eyes, especially leaders.
Eventually, this mental / emotional / social / psychological issue leads to more serious mental health problems later down the road. You have no sense of self-esteem, no self-confidence, and therefore no motivation or energy. Next thing you know, you become unhealthier, you get more socially anxious, and now your mind is a dark prison you don’t know how to get out of…even when you try to do so..
In fact, when you try to break out of this cycle and fail. Your mind says “Hey Mark! I knew you couldn’t do it. You’re going to be like this for the rest of your life.”
Which then continues a recursive toxic and destructive cycle that continues to keep you down and not let you be your true self.
Here are 3 ways to begin to ask yourself and tell the difference in your life.
1. Understand What Being an Introvert Actually Means
According to the dictionary, the psychology definition of an introvert is a person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things.
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