That's me, and extroverted introvert. Left in the wild I will seek out one-on-one conversations, avoid large groups and get hives at a sign of a big crowd. I will avoid public speaking at all costs.
I'm loud and often funny, maybe even a bit quirky. Most people mistake me for an extrovert that loves the wild world of entertaining. I'm a good jokester in the right company and I enjoy a good round of teasing. Left to my own devices though, I'll choose to alone. I often decline party invites, especially if it's a party where I know very few people.
The other part of my personality that is often misunderstood and misjudged is the public withdrawal. After weeks of engagement, I will withdraw from the world. This is how I recharge. I unplug from human interaction.
What I always find funniest about all of this is how many people find me to be a rare breed, when in all actuality I'm not that rare. There are zillions of us running around the planet. I have several friends who fit the mold. People also find it odd that I'm married to an introvert and will often inform me that because of this fact I can't possibly be an introvert as well. Look, folks, it is how it is and he is the most amazing introvert and loves me in ways I never knew were possible. Get your mind out of the gutter, he loves me, all of me - My heart, my soul, my mind, my emotions and my body in all of its imperfections.
Introverts, whether full-on introverts or the extroverted kind like me, are some of the most loyal people you will meet. We love whole-heartedly and have very few close friends.