I am a proud introvert, and I have come to find that many people misunderstand us and create myths. Well I am here to bust some of these myths.
Introverts Are Shy
Introverts seem to be put in an anti-social box far too often. It is true that being around a lot of people and high energy for a long time is incredibly draining for us, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like spending time with others. We prefer a smaller group in a conversation over a loud club with hundreds, that doesn’t make us all shy.
Introverts Hate People
Again, we don’t enjoy being around a ton of people, but that doesn’t mean we hate them. We may jokingly say it sometimes (myself guilty of this) but it is not actually true. We just recharge when alone, and get drained from being around people, it’s just how we work.
Introverts Can’t Work With Others
This is maybe a half truth. We can work with people, and do often, but some of us prefer to work alone. Other people act as a distraction for us and can take all of our motivation out of us, so when we want work to get done, we stay alone.
Introverts Are Lazy
I find so many illustrations of introverts being wrapped in blankets and watching Netflix so now people think that is all we do. It is quite the opposite. Sure, we enjoy lying in bed on Tumblr from time to time, but that’s just when we need to recharge away from others. I actually get a lot of work done when by myself, like writing for my blogs.
Introverts Are Quiet
Yes, we can be quiet, but our thoughts are very loud. We are definitely the think before your speak type of people, where we analyze what we say before we say it. We also really hate small talk, because it doesn’t fulfill our enjoyment of deep conversation, so it’s just noise to some of us. We will speak, but we are very particular about what we say.
Are you an introvert? Maybe an extrovert? Shout out in the comments which you are!