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Most dating advice centres on being as social as possible, which is useful as long as you are an outgoing person. Meeting people at parties can be a great way to introduce yourself to numerous people in a short time span and figure out where there is some chemistry.
On the other hand, if you're the type of person who feels drained in a crowd, who would rather be hanging out solo or with a small group of friends, channelling your inner social butterfly can be counterproductive.
While the United States is one of the most extroverted nations in the world, there remains one-third to one-half of the population that tests as an introvert. Although dating may come easier to extroverts, it doesn't have to be difficult for the introverts of our world. Like anyone, it takes playing to one's strengths to be successful. Here are four tips to consider when dating.
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Introversion and shyness are not synonyms. That's right. You can be an introvert and also perfectly able to socialise, give presentations and talk to strangers. Shyness is a fear or anxiety of social situations; introversion simply means that you gain energy (mental and physical) from doing things alone. Reading a book, going on a solitary walk, taking a bath, or bicycling alone may help an introvert feel recharged.
Now that I know I'm an introvert, how do I find a date? Read on to know the answer!
The places where you feel the most like yourself are the best ones to meet someone. Online dating eases some of the pressure of constant conversation and allows you to think of what you want to say rather than feeling pressured to think of immediate witty responses. Other low-pressure options include volunteering, taking classes and using your network of friends and acquaintances.
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Unfortunately, being quiet can give people the impression that you are conceited or simply don't care. Moreover, it makes your date wonder if she's doing something wrong. Tell her in the beginning that you enjoy having some time to think about your words before saying them.
Generally, people's favourite conversation topic is themselves. Play into this by asking fun and engaging questions. What would you do if you were invisible for a day? What three questions would you ask your pet if he could talk? What has been your favourite family vacation? Or something like this sort!
Alleviate some of the first date nerves by opting for a fun location where something else is the focus, yet you are able to talk to your date. Awkward pauses are no longer so awkward this way. Some ideas include a wine-and-painting workshop, an escape room, and a murder mystery interactive play.
It's best to give yourself room to recharge before going on a date, so schedule some alone-time prior to heading out. Remember the strengths you bring to the table, and let them shine while you're out and when you are looking to meet someone.
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