Introverts, Extroverts, and Finding Harmony: A Look at “Individualist Ms. Jiyoung” (The Happy Loner) | Drama Review

Are you an introvert who finds comfort in solitude? Or perhaps an extrovert who thrives on social interaction? The Korean drama “Individualist Ms. Jiyoung” (also known as “The Happy Loner”) explores the lives of two such individuals and the unique challenges and opportunities that arise when their paths collide.

This short drama, a two-episode special that aired in May 2017, is a heartwarming and insightful look at introversion and extroversion, packaged in a lighthearted romance and comedic format.

Genre: Romance, Comedy, Psychological
Airing Date: May 2017
Channel: KBS2
Korean Title: 개인주의자 지영씨

Min Hyo Rin as Na Ji Young
Gong Myung as Park Byeok Soo
Oh Na Ra as Jung Soo KyungJi Il
Joo as Yeon Seok

Meet the Characters

Na Ji-young, played by Min Hyo-rin, is a self-proclaimed individualist who prioritizes personal space above all else. Working as a nurse, she maintains a clear distance from colleagues, family, and even her boyfriend. Ji-young experiences emotional triggers in social situations, leading her to retreat further into her comfort zone.

Park Byeok-soo, played by Gong Myung, is Ji-young’s complete opposite. Outgoing and friendly, Byeok-soo thrives on companionship and seeks connection with those around him. He spends considerable time and effort forging friendships and cherishes social interaction.

Opposites Attract (But It’s Complicated)

The story unfolds as Ji-young and Byeok-soo become unlikely neighbors. When Byeok-soo’s relationship crumbles, Ji-young, grappling with her own relationship issues, decides to end things with her boyfriend. Their paths continue to cross, leading to a special (and slightly chaotic) Christmas Eve together.

Despite their contrasting personalities, a spark ignites, and they find themselves in a relationship. However, Ji-young’s struggles with intimacy and vulnerability create friction. Balancing her need for solitude with the demands of a relationship proves challenging.

A Look at Introversion and Extroversion

“Individualist Ms. Jiyoung” delves beyond the typical romance narrative. It offers a nuanced portrayal of introversion and extroversion, highlighting the strengths and challenges associated with each. The drama emphasizes the importance of understanding and respecting individual preferences. We see Byeok-soo’s struggle with loneliness after his breakup, while Ji-young grapples with emotional overload in social settings.

A Must-Watch for Introverts and Extroverts Alike

With a rating of 10/10, this drama is a must-watch for anyone interested in exploring introversion and extroversion. It delivers a powerful message: true connection can blossom between individuals with different social needs, as long as there’s a willingness to understand and compromise.

Scenes to Look Forward To

The drama offers a range of scenes that resonate with viewers. The opening throws us into Ji-young’s world, where solitude reigns supreme. We witness the heartbreak of Byeok-soo’s break-up and the heartwarming (and slightly awkward) moment when Ji-young finally starts to open up to him.

“Individualist Ms. Jiyoung” is a captivating short drama that packs a punch. It’s funny, heartwarming, and thought-provoking, leaving viewers with a newfound appreciation for the complexities of human connection.


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