Yay – welcome to the last interview of this very special introvert community month!
This month, I’m going to introduce you to four wonderful introverts from all around the world who will share with you their stories and life experiences as introverts. This interview is the third interview of this whole series. If you missed the first two, please check out the Interview with Tasmin Lowe, the Interview with Franziska Marx and the Interview with Maria afterward!
Let’s meet today’s guest: Mike!
Question: “Want to introduce yourself?”
Answer: My name is Mike, I’m 35 years old and my hobbies are photography, reading, graphic designing and cycling. I work as a Marketing Manager. My aspirations are being a writer, photographer, diplomat and humanist.
Q: “Have you always known you were an introvert?”
A: In 2018, I came to know I was an introvert after taking an MBTI test. Later, that was validated by natal chart and introspection of events from the past that led me to believe that I was introverted. It was interesting yet surreal. Today, it makes me accept my core and act accordingly whereas all these years I wasn’t and that was because I was ignorant in some ways and faking in many ways in order to be validated and accepted by people or the world at large.
Q: “Has being an introvert influenced your childhood?”
A: I was always shy and scared to open up. But when I did open up, I could have conversations. But in conversations, after a point of time, I would end up speaking more thus making the others around me uncomfortable and irritated.
I was humiliated and bullied for many reasons including being dumb and stupid in front of them. People would take the mick out of me for being very naïve and weird. Matter of fact I still do get mocked. Since I am also a highly sensitive person, I come across as gay or even very feminised.
Q: “How does your daily life look like as an introvert?”
A: Since I am an INFP (MBTI), I feel more, romanticize more, idealise more, infatuate more, and be very impulsive. I have come across as very attractive so women have liked me in the instant but not after a few minutes. Even in past relationships, women have taken undue advantage of me being nice. In one way, I forgive them for their actions. In another, I do not as they have played with my emotions.
Q: “With what kind of situation do you struggle with the most?”
A: As an introverted HSP, I was also attracted to toxic people in professional and personal life and that has been a huge challenge and struggle for me. I go out of my way to help people. Sometimes I have expected something in return and sometimes not. Expecting love, kidness, and affection has been the only things I have always wanted because I do not have interest in materialistic things.
Q: “What advice would you give your younger self for situations that were uncomfortable?”
A: I’d tell my young introverted self that the world is an oyster and you have plenty of options to choose from be it work, food, relationships, etc but sooner or later you will and you should know about yourself. You may hit rock bottom or get depressed but that would help you know yourself. Then, be thankful to everyone and everything that led you up to that point. You will meet people who’d like you and dislike you, lie to you and be honest with you, break your heart or help you recover, and these could be your family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers. But, they are all teaching you something. Focus on the lessons, learn, unlearn, and relearn. Get to know your core. Stay with the core because that will help you and guide you
Q: “What would you advise fellow introverts to do to help them make the most of their lives?”
From my experience, I’d highly recommend the following tips: Meditate, take walks, sleep for 7-8 hours, switch off mobile an hour before sleep, switch on mobile after 30 minutes upon waking up. Drink plenty of tea and get a natal chart reading to get to know yourself a bit more. Set and maintain boundaries.
Thank you so much Mike for letting us into your experiences and life as an introvert!
Do you want to reach out to Mike? Check out her Instagram @thesensitiveinfp and make sure to follow her account to get insights into her life and experiences as an introvert and Slow Life Advocate!
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