Other thoughts... as an introvert, I find it more pleasant when "social" engagements aren't just "let's sit around and talk." For example, I really like board games and cards. You inevitably end up talking about random stuff anyway, but having a focus takes the pressure off. No awkward silences. If you're not into board games, there are a million alternatives... bowling, pool, shuffleboard...
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someone else putting you in a box is entirely different
from getting into a box yourself.” —bisexualbaker