(photo is not mine, and I'm not sure of the original source. But it is fabulous so I'm borrowing it.)
I recently saw this photo somewhere online and screamed "YES!!!" in my head. Pretty much everyone knows what an introvert is, but few understand what that means. It goes beyond simply being a "homebody" or "quiet." Some of these things I didn't even know, but after reading it was like parts of me and my life suddenly made sense.
In addition to being an introvert, I'm also really shy. Which I think is typical, the two seem to go hand in hand. But I'm finding more and more that it is no longer socially acceptable to be shy or an introvert. Or at least, not the first thing people think of when they meet someone who is. Instead people automatically assume you are "haughty" or "aloof." When in reality you are just afraid of them. And just need time to warm up to new people and places. So don't give up on us!
Anyway, I hope this poster gives some insight into how to deal with us quiet folk. As the mom of a couple children who are proving to be just as introverted and shy as I am reading a few of these points came at just the right time.