One thing I have learned about adult children of narcissistic parents is the majority of us are introverts. Introverts keep to themselves, like quiet activities, are focused & intelligent, prefer deep to superficial relationships & conversation, often have only a few interests but explore those interests deeply, & gain energy from alone time rather than from other people.
Extroverts are the exact opposite, & much more common. As a result, the life of an introvert can come with challenges. Some people think there is something very wrong with introverts, & will try to change them. They may believe the introvert is depressed, & constantly say things like, “Cheer up!” or “You’ll feel better if you come to the party with me.” Society in general seems to push people to be extroverts- you are told you must go to Christmas parties, have a big Thanksgiving dinner or have the whole family come by for your birthday.
These things can make us introverts feel uncomfortable, even flawed, & wondering what is wrong with us. The truth is that there is NOTHING wrong with us! Being an introvert isn’t a disease, some terrible character flaw or a mental disorder. Introversion is simply a personality trait. You would have just as good of luck “curing” yourself of introversion as you would changing your eye color. You were born with your specific eye color just like you were born being an introvert.
I also can’t help but to think that being raised by a narcissistic parent may contribute to introversion. The fact is narcissistic parents are very mentally & emotionally draining. After growing up with that, it seems natural to me to seek out quiet & peace, especially if you naturally are introverted & long for that anyway.
If you’re an introvert, then please don’t think there is something flawed or wrong with you for being this way. You’re in great company. Besides, being an introvert, you’re in great company. Some known introverts are Abraham Lincoln, Elenor Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Mahatma Ghandi, Laura Bush, Rosa Parks & Warren Buffet.
Also, there are many positive traits that introverts often have over extroverts. Introverts are often very good listeners, they often maintain long lasting friendships, they are responsible, analytical, intelligent & creative.
There is one down side to being an introvert that I have found. Naturally, as a die-hard introvert myself, I prefer alone time. Although there is nothing wrong with that, it can be a problem when it comes to hard times. Most people, I think, tend to isolate themselves to a degree when going through a really tough time, but introverts do it on a grander scale. And, if like me you’re an introvert with C-PTSD, it can be really bad. One of the traits of C-PTSD is wanting to isolate. Throw in the introvert trait & when I’m going through a hard time, it’s a miracle if anyone other than hubby & the furkids see me or talk to me for weeks. While isolation isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it needs to be balanced. God made people to need Him as well as other people. I have learned with myself when I isolate myself for too long, it contributes to the depression that accompanies C-PTSD. I just want to encourage you to have balance. Isolate yourself when you need to, but if it goes on too long, realize you need to spend time with people you love & who love you. Go & do something fun! It really can make you feel better.