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What's a polite way to tell a stranger you don't want to talk?

Is there a polite and/or likely-to-lead-to-good-results way to say to a stranger in a supermarket queue who is trying to make chit-chat with you about your day while her groceries are being rung up and you're next in line: "Look, I get that you're trying to be friendly, but I am utterly exhausted, and if I talk to you, I'll be too tired to get home safely." [more inside]
posted by Sockpuppets 'R' Us on Sep 19, 2016 - 56 answers

Less introversion, more openness

I've solidified some tendencies over the last 10 years or so that I wish I could dissolve. It looks like introversion, but that's not a perfect label. It is not coping strategies that I seek, but ideas to really effect change, and any hope you can give me that such change is possible. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Aug 6, 2016 - 22 answers

I'd love to spend SOME time with you.... Introverts and dating?

I'd like to hear from other introverts about your experiences with dating and burn-out. Is having it at all (or even a few months in) a bad sign for long-term compatibility? Or just a sign that the relationship is moving too fast for you? Or do you set strong boundaries on your time and just trust that the right person will understand? [more inside]
posted by seraph9 on Apr 6, 2016 - 19 answers

appreciative apartment-dwelling Germanophile

My building manager was born in 1930 in the Sudetenland. She is really nice. How do I show appreciation in a culturally and generationally sensitive manner? [more inside]
posted by knuspermanatee on Sep 1, 2015 - 11 answers

Balance and community for introverts

Introverts: What does a harmonious social network/community of friends look like to you? How have you gone about identifying and tweaking that balance? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Aug 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Physical therapist it kinda pushy...

So, I tore my rotator cuff a while ago, and I'm going to a physical therapist for that, and she's really pushing for me to go to the local swimming pool and take the aqua-aerobics class there. I really don't want to, but she won't shut up about it. [more inside]
posted by patheral on Jul 14, 2015 - 36 answers

Is it okay to want more interesting friends? Can I get them?

After years of tricky life circumstances, I don't have much of a social circle left and I probably seem like a boring workaholic loner, which totally isn't attractive to people who, well, have the kind of fun I'd like to have. Should I just make friends with available people I have little in common with, or can I be more likeable to people who already have active, interesting social lives? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2015 - 17 answers

Ground control to Major Tom...

Work remote, live alone: how to mitigate the isolation? [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Feb 15, 2015 - 19 answers

What if I just don't fit in with people?

I have the sneaking suspicion that I was born in the wrong place (or planet), and I want to come to terms with the loneliness that sometimes creeps in. Please help? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by The Shonky Shop on Dec 28, 2014 - 14 answers

What makes someone unattractive?

I'm a young woman without much luck in romantic relationships. I think I may have a problem with my behavior and body language because I'm introverted and I'd like to understand it and maybe gain some control over it. [more inside]
posted by poilkj on Jul 11, 2014 - 28 answers

Solitude 101.

Solitude, isolation, introversion...how to be happy with related life choices and what to watch out for. Advice? [more inside]
posted by Caskeum on Apr 22, 2014 - 29 answers

Help, I suffer from chronic bitchface

How do I seem more approachable in social settings without being a total fake? [more inside]
posted by thank you silence on Oct 13, 2013 - 41 answers

Help me get through tomorrow!

I have my first shift tomorrow at a job that requires me to be socially switched on (be friendly, enthusiastic, make small talk) while learning a lot of stuff I'll be new to. The shift is super long and I don't know if I'm going to be able to last that long mentally. What's an introvert to do? [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on Aug 23, 2013 - 10 answers

Hey, Extroverts!

This is a question for the extroverts, the popular, those who play well with others and the possessors of good people skills. What do you know about meeting people, making friends and relationships (both platonic and romantic) that others might not? [more inside]
posted by the hot hot side of randy on Aug 9, 2013 - 37 answers

Thanks, Dad!

Please bear with me, because there's a lot of background here. The simple question: My dad gave my phone number to someone I'm not interested in talking to. I need a list of my options and a plan. [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on Jul 15, 2013 - 36 answers

I'd like to be more curious about people & enjoy social interaction more

Looks like "social interaction for introverts" is the theme du jour here on MeFi, so here's another question along similar lines as two recent ones. [more inside]
posted by zeri on Feb 10, 2013 - 7 answers

How can I become more extroverted?

Have you successfully made an intentional transition from introversion (socialization = draining) to extroversion (socialization = sustaining)? If so, please step inside and share your insights with me. [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Feb 9, 2013 - 24 answers

the perils of being good with people

I am the person at the party or the bar who can win hearts and minds, leave with everybody's contact info without asking for it, introduce like-minded people who are unable to hook up on their own, draw shy people out, etc. I'd like to learn how to do this in other areas of my life, without alcohol. I'd also like to learn how to better deal with some of the negative aspects of this kind of sociability. [more inside]
posted by par court on Feb 3, 2013 - 11 answers

I promise I'm not a snob!

How do I become more aware of my surroundings and less of a space cadet? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Nov 19, 2012 - 9 answers

shy guy

(Does-he-like-me filter) : How do I proceed with this shy, younger guy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Introvert theme songs (with no vocals)?

Introvert theme songs with no vocals or lyrics? (previously) [more inside]
posted by querty on Jul 23, 2012 - 24 answers

That quiet guy at work...

My introversion is causing some friction in the workplace. How do I address it? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on May 16, 2012 - 21 answers

Advice for an introvert doing an extrovert's job?

I am a pretty introverted person with a job where I am expected to be outgoing and bubbly and enthusiastic for most of the day. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by btfreek on May 15, 2012 - 12 answers

When does introversion become unhealthy?

Is there something wrong with my husband with regard to his introversion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2012 - 33 answers

Extraverts + introverts attract

What do extroverts find specifically attractive in introverts, for either romantic relationships and/ or friendships? Anecdotes from extraverts especially welcomed. [more inside]
posted by moiraine on Oct 24, 2011 - 28 answers

How to deal with tiredness caused by social interaction?

How do I deal better with the tiredness caused by social interactions? [more inside]
posted by neilb449 on Oct 19, 2011 - 30 answers

Love In A Void

My other half seems utterly paralyzed. How do I talk to him about it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2011 - 22 answers

My girlfriend is quiet

I'm chatty. She is quiet. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by pauldonato on Jun 26, 2011 - 47 answers

Help me break out of my little black rain cloud.

I get lethally quiet when I'm upset, and my relationships suffer as a result. Please help me break out my little black rain cloud. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2011 - 12 answers

Is there an introverts chapter in this convention?

Help an extreme introvert thrive at an industry conference. [more inside]
posted by methroach on Mar 26, 2011 - 6 answers

Not really a go-getter but need to go get a job

Please help me overcome my fear of job hunting and the self-limiting belief system that causes it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 1, 2011 - 6 answers

Christmas for the introvert

How do I deal with multiple large family Christmas gatherings as an extreme introvert with some sensory thing about large groups of people, loud noises and too much happening? Complicating factors are as follows. [more inside]
posted by geek anachronism on Dec 28, 2010 - 34 answers

I wanna get noticed...

I'm a wallflower but I don't like being a wallflower. How can I stop? [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Oct 10, 2010 - 17 answers

I’ll never be lonely when I am alone and I keep myself to myself...

Introvert theme songs? [more inside]
posted by elsietheeel on Aug 30, 2010 - 52 answers

Seriously, I can wash a sample without burning down the lab.

I'm a rising sophomore in college, and I've been working in an awesome bio research lab for the past four months or so. I'm worried that I might be coming off as incompetent to my colleagues. [more inside]
posted by flawsekno on Jul 16, 2010 - 27 answers

How to be a quiet guy in a world of extroverts

Introversion: it's always made my personal life difficult and now I'm worried it might cost me my job too! I need tips on how to stop retreating into my shell before this gets any worse. [more inside]
posted by photo guy on Jul 11, 2010 - 19 answers

Long-Distance Friendship for Introverts

Introvert Filter: please help me revive a friendship! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 27, 2009 - 18 answers

I want to rock the party.

One bachelorette party, ten miscellaneous female guests, one extremely introverted organizer (that's me!). Activities are set, but what little things can I do (or how should I behave) to keep things cohesive and lively, instead of awkward or lame? [more inside]
posted by yersinia on Sep 17, 2009 - 9 answers

What's a single (dormed) girl to do?

How does a naturally introverted girl adjust to college life while living in a single dorm her freshman year? [more inside]
posted by punchdrunkhistory on Aug 6, 2009 - 42 answers

Suggestions for shy/anxious lurkers at meetups?

Where can I find, order and purchase, by this evening, a T-shirt that says "Lurker" in big white letters? (Or would that be a bad idea?) Alternatively: please help me find ways to minimize or avoid social anxiety awkwardness at the PDX meetup. [more inside]
posted by Two unicycles and some duct tape on Jul 18, 2009 - 28 answers

Inside this introvert is an extrovert trying to get out.

Inside this introvert is an extrovert trying to get out. Help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 22, 2009 - 16 answers

How can I be outgoing without the use of alcohol?

How can I be outgoing without the use of alcohol? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Apr 12, 2009 - 11 answers

You Take My Breath Away... Help, I Can't Breathe...

Help me deal with high stakes situations without turning people off and giving myself headaches. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 11, 2009 - 8 answers

the art of solitude?

I need to know how to enjoy my own company. That is, I need to know how to enjoy my own company enough so that I don't have pangs of envy whenever I see long-term acquaintances having a great time with each other and with Facebook photos to show for it. [more inside]
posted by drea on Jun 7, 2008 - 11 answers

Coping/patience advice for someone going on a large synagogue tour to Israel.

Coping/patience advice for someone going on a large synagogue tour to Israel. [more inside]
posted by gillyflower on Nov 29, 2007 - 17 answers

Help me overcome and introverted nature.

Help me overcome and introverted nature. [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Nov 22, 2007 - 20 answers

How do nice people do it?

I've always admired people who are just genuinely nice, warm folks and inspire everyone they talk to. I'd like to be one of those people when I grow up, but I don't know how to do it. Sometimes, when I do or say nice things, people get freaked out and think that I'm hitting on them, want something from them or am being insincere. That isn't the case, but every time it happens, I get a little more timid about doing nice things for people. It's easy to get by with a prickly Dorothy Parker routine, but that's not how I want to live my life. And I'm sick of not doing or saying nice things just because I'm not socially adept enough to pull it off. Being an asshole is easy, and no one ever questions your motives. How can I, as an introvert, act upon my nice impulses without freaking people out? What's the secret to being a mensch?
posted by freshwater_pr0n on Nov 14, 2007 - 28 answers

Why are you talking at me?

Please help me kill my introversion before it kills my relationships. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Oct 16, 2007 - 40 answers

Eye contact, smiling and communicating interest?

Eye contact, smiling and how to be more approachable? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Apr 1, 2007 - 15 answers

I keep my friends "separate" from each other. "Group" things make me nervous. So...how to introduce my new boyfriend?

I keep my friends "separate" from each other. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2006 - 10 answers

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