Health·Posted on Aug 20, 201521 Truths Anyone Who's A Socially Anxious Extrovert Will UnderstandWanting to be around people and freaking out about it is definitely a thing.by Christina LanBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. First things first, extroversion typically means that you draw your energy from being around other people. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com 2. Social anxiety is characterized by emotional distress or uneasiness about social interaction. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com 3. Together, these two make for the worst possible mental battle. Christina Lan / Buzzfeed 4. The extroverted part of you wants to meet new people constantly. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Warner Bros. Television 5. But your brain starts overthinking it and gets paranoid so you avoid it altogether. View this post on And you're left with more thoughts. 6. Every weekend night you stress about wanting to go out and not wanting to socialize. BBC One But staying at home is the equivalent of flushing your brain down the toilet. You feel sad, bored, and just mentally drained. 7. You love it when your phone buzzes from friends who want to hang out. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF TLC / Via iamaserver.tumblr.com YAY! Messages. YAY! So many messages. 8. But because of how your brain messes with you, you give off the vibe that you don't want to hang out. Cartoon Network / Via selthekat.tumblr.com "I'm lying right now! This face you see is a lie." 9. Or that you're closed off, when really you're just overthinking every single one of your actions. Disney You're actually the opposite of apathetic. 10. So you often make a lot of plans to go out and be social, and then get more and more anxious about them as they get closer. Christina Lan / Buzzfeed 11. You actually want to shout out to the world and be boisterous for once. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Cartoon Network / Via pikachuinthesh0wer.tumblr.com Even if no one thinks you're shouting, the thought of you being louder than usual is over-exaggerated in your mind. 12. Before you're aware of being in a crowded place, your head is buzzing with excitement. Cartoon Network Which lasts for approximately 10 seconds. 13. But immediately you ask yourself, "Whyyyy did I think this would be a good idea??" Christina Lan / Buzzfeed Your mind starts running in senseless circles. 14. Whether it's meeting a new person or drawing attention to yourself, your body immediately feels debilitated. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Fox / Via humorinrecovery.tumblr.com 15. Breathing gets hard and your throat gets scratchy as hell. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Nickelodeon / Via cheezburger.com Not to mention heart palpitations, sweat, twitchiness, and other completely random bodily actions. 16. Your body tells you "hell no," and your mind is like "calm the fuck down." Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Studio Ghibli / Via sketchbelen.tumblr.com Mind over matter! Mind over matter! 17. And you know it's completely irrational. Christina Lan / Buzzfeed 18. When you ARE able to relax and calm your anxiety around people, it feels AMAZING. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Via giphy.com Being you, like ~loud~ you, is exhilarating. It almost catches you off guard. 19. But certain triggers — like being randomly put in the spotlight — have the ability to send you into a full-blown panic. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Nickelodeon 20. Embodying both sides of the social spectrum makes it harder to explain to others how you feel. View this post on Because "YES, I LIKE PEOPLE: YES, THEY ALSO TERRIFY ME SOMETIMES TOO" makes them go, "huh?" 21. But wherever you are with reducing your worries, know that your feelings are valid. ❤️ View this photo on Instagram instagram.com It's about overcoming your own mental battles and finding the support you need.