I used to be extremely introverted and "antisocial"... I had some underlying problems, lets say. I'm not saying I think introversion is a problem, but practicing dharma actually made me less isolated, less introverted. I think the idea of bodhicitta is responsible as well as the idea of engaged Buddhism. I still love to be alone most of the time. I like to exist on the edges of society. I don't enjoy the typical societal activities so much, but I'm not here boiling in aversion of society (not anymore, at least). Now, I love being around people, but I will still get exhausted quickly in social situations when someone is overbearing or I'm around a lot of people, like a party type setting.
I like to engage with people from time to time, especially standing in the middle of big crowds and just opening up... really interesting in comparison with how I used to exist, sort of shutting myself off from everybody... now I'm more social than ever. I think it's important to engage in conversation, although it often doesn't go anywhere. I'm in circumstances which I don't have much in common with people around me, so that's why I'm on the internet talking to people who possibly do. There are some local centers I attend, and that's great. But the difference is that now I rarely get lonely and enjoy introversion but also enjoy engaging, when in the past it was a totally different experience.
I think my point is, that I was attracted to the dharma initially because it focused on suffering and the isolation or seclusion aspect fit as well with how I existed anyways. But later I settled into a different experience of what the seclusion part means to me.
I've also never really accepted many societal standards. I care not about social status, or number of friends, or what people think about where I live, or judgements born out of the habitual patterns of society. I'm completely happy just sitting here by myself. Before, I was sort of programmed, like everyone else, to think there is something wrong with me if I didn't accept these things, which is probably where a lot of problems came from.
Here's a TED talk on introverts that I enjoy and usually share with others who I think can relate: http://www.ted.com/talks/susan_cain_the ... verts.html
"Solitude is the air that I breathe"
"Seek truth in meditation, not moldy books. Look in the sky to find the moon, not in the pond."
- Persian proverb