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  Making friends can be a rewarding but sometimes challenging experience, especially for introverts who may find social interactions draining. Contrary to common misconceptions, introverts are fully capable of forming deep and meaningful connections. Introverts gain energy from being alone and often prefer quieter, more intimate settings. While they may not be the life of the party, introverts possess unique qualities that contribute to genuine and lasting friendships. In this article, we will explore practical strategies for introverts to make friends while staying true to their introverted nature. So, are you an introvert or know someone who is? Then, this article is for you!
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  • Embrace Your Authentic Self

One of the keys to making friends as an introvert is embracing your authentic self. Be comfortable with your interests, hobbies, and pace of social interaction. Authenticity attracts genuine connections.
  • Start with Shared Interests

Seek out activities and groups centred around your interests. Whether it’s a book club or a board game night, engaging in activities you genuinely enjoy provides a natural platform for connection.
  • Small Talk Skills

While small talk may not be an introvert’s favourite activity, developing basic conversational skills is essential. Start with simple topics related to the shared activity or environment to ease into more meaningful conversations.
  • Listen Actively

Introverts often excel at listening, a valuable skill in forming connections. Actively listening to others, showing genuine interest in their stories, and asking follow-up questions contribute to building rapport.
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  • Quality Over Quantity

Introverts may prefer a few close friendships over a large social circle. Focus on cultivating deep connections with a select few rather than spreading yourself too thin.
  • Online Communities

For introverts who find comfort in online spaces, joining virtual communities can be an excellent way to connect with like-minded individuals. Whether it’s forums, social media groups, or niche online communities, these platforms offer a more controlled and comfortable environment for interaction.
  • Set Realistic Expectations

Understand that forming friendships takes time, and not every social interaction needs to result in a lifelong connection. Set realistic expectations for yourself and the process of building relationships.
  • Balance Socializing and Alone Time

Introverts thrive when they have adequate alone time to recharge. Strike a balance between socializing and taking time for yourself to ensure a healthy and sustainable approach to making friends.
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Final Thoughts

While making friends as an introvert may come with its unique set of challenges, it is entirely possible and, more importantly, rewarding. When you embrace authenticity, engage in shared interests, and focus on meaningful connections, you can navigate the world of friendships in a way that feels comfortable and fulfilling. In addition, I will advise that you read How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie and How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes. Note that it’s not about the quantity of connections but the quality of those connections that truly matter.
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This article was first published on 29th February 2024 and updated on March 5th, 2024 at 9:25 am


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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