The first time I met Michael, I thought he hated me.
If you find that your co-workers are distracting even though you enjoy being social, you might find it nice to take up some introverted qualities like brainstorming alone.
I happen to be married to a classic introvert (someone who is usually drained, rather than energized, by large groups of people), while I tend to be much more outgoing. I don't like being alone with nothing to do, because then I just waste time on the Internet until I get a tension headache from staring at a screen, but planned downtime with a movie, a book, or a long walk is wonderful. One-on-one time together is crucial for any romance, but introverts and extroverts often have different ideas of what that should look like. If you're dating someone who values deep, intimate connections but is stressed out by short, casual interactions with lots of people, don't throw a huge party as a way of introducing your love to your work, grad school, college, and book club buddies in one fell swoop.
Introvert-extrovert relationships can be wonderful and satisfying, but they definitely require communication and compromise, which is one thing they have in common with, oh, every other kind of relationship in existence. Is there a specific event you want to attend or person you want to see? Knowing what's a "maybe" and what's a "hard no" for your partner makes it easier to find middle ground. Your introvert partner is not going to adore every single person in your life, so prioritize!
I was sitting in a farmhouse in Slovenia, visiting with a friend at her kitchen table about books, life, and love.
It was an introvert’s dream: a calm setting and an intimate conversation catching up with a friend I hadn’t seen in some time.