Being an introvert is a secret I keep.I'm trying to figure out how to ask for help. I'm lonely and miserable, but I have no idea how to move out of my introverted habits. Everything hurts.
Growing up I was extremely quiet, and didn't like meeting new people or (heaven forbid) speaking before a group. In third grade I had a teacher that forced me to stand in before the class and read reports, do math, and explain why I made an error. She did this because she thought it would bring me out of my shell - it had the opposite effect. One of the very few good things my father did for me was during a parent / teacher conference, when the teacher was going off on how I was too quiet, my father told her that 'when my son has something to say, people will listen'.
I've overcome much of my introversion through the years as I've gained confidence in my self and my abilities, this mostly came from pretending to be self assured when what I was feeling was the exact opposite. It's painfully hard, I get it, but the more you put yourself out there, the easier it gets. In my heart though, I remain that shy little kid.