Introverts tend to be misunderstood 99.9% of the time. Misconceptions that we “Hate” people or that we’re angry all the time tend to fly through the minds of our Extroverted peers. This is because as introverts, most of us could care less what horrible thing Jessica did last weekend at the party. (Sorry Jessica). Instead, most of us could spend hours staring at a wall debating the meaning of life. So here we go, here are some of the most common misconceptions about Introverts.
- We Don’t Like To Talk
Partially true, the real way to put this statement would be “Introverts don’t like to talk to people that they don’t know.” If you just walk up to one of us on the subway or in the coffee shop, chances are we will be hesitant to engage in conversation with you. This is because as introverts, we make our own energy instead of getting it from other people like Extroverts do. Any form of communication with a stranger is strenuous because we will spend our energy on you. We subconsciously use a lot of energy trying to determine if you are safe to engage, unlike our friends and family which we already have figured out like the back of our hands. We don’t lose nearly as much energy talking to them as we would with talking/interacting with a stranger.
2. We Don’t Like To Talk On The Phone Or Answer The Door Because We Are Lazy
This one is completely false, to a degree. 🙂 Most Introverts do hate talking on the phone/answering the door, but it is not because they are lazy, it is because they are unprepared. When an introvert engages in any interaction/conversation that was unplanned, it drains them of their energy, so most introverts will avoid these unplanned engagements whenever they can.
3. We Are Commonly Labeled As “Sneaky” And “Secretive”
Introverts will usually be the ones in the group that sit back away from all the rest and “watch”. This usually earns us the title of “Having something to hide” or “Is secretly planning to kill you all!” Ok, that last one was a joke, but really, we are just plain Reserved. If you ask, we tell, if you don’t ask, we don’t see the need to add unnecessary information. We will be the last ones to join in on the new gossip.
4. We Are Uninterested
To top it off, I thought we should talk about something more meaningful: starting relationships. Your local shy girl/guy you like? They are oblivious. Introverts will go to the ends of the earth and will still not notice when someone is interested in them. Flirting does not register in an Introvert’s mind. The best thing to do when you are in this kind of situation would be to come straight out and tell them. Chances are you will either get accepted by your introvert, or politely denied. Most of us are big on “Do no unnecessary damage to anyone’s emotions.” 🙂
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