I use to refer to myself as an “extroverted introvert” because I truly enjoy hanging out with people I like. It’s fun and I look forward to it. I always assumed that introverts were loners and shut-ins who couldn’t handle socializing. I absolutely did not want to be associated with a recluse type personality.
For example, I just googled “definition of an introvert” and Google’s first answer is “a shy, reticent person.”
It wasn’t until I was in college that I actually read and understood the definition of an introvert. I did a bit of digging and found a definition from an article featured on Fast Company that explains:
Introverts (or those of us with introverted tendencies) tend to recharge by spending time alone. They lose energy from being around people for long periods of time, particularly large crowds.