Top Ten Myths About Introverts

Found this list of common misconceptions others seem to make about introverted people. I didn’t know people made these assumptions about the inward focused among us – some 25% of the population is insufferably introverted – and the common labels that I hear stapled on introverts are that they are shy/reserved or indifferent/aloof or just awkward in social setting. Tumbler blog, suzywire, lays out the top ten character judgements people seem to make about introverts and debunks them immediately in short and pointed manner.

Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.
Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to “get it.” They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts.

Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
Introverts cannot “fix themselves” and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ.

Original link:Top 10 myths about introverts

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6 thoughts on “Top Ten Myths About Introverts

  1. LOL, Dude you cannot say your introvert because you feel you have the symptoms, others have to say it based on how they feel about you. Introvert is very abstract concept and there is no clear definitions for that. One can also be named shy, lazy, non responsive, rude, talkative to some, comical, or plain dangerous which are all introvert based on a situation.

    If you are introvert then we need to find a another name for real introverts, LOL. Also every person to his or her level analyze things when they have nothing else to do. In this environment it is just the brain releasing chemicals to what it is programmed. But seriously LOL. We have to name you ‘Samiar Sidhikanth’ for coming up with things to just escape the reality. If you want to call yourself a psycho, I am up for it. LOL.

    1. Since we agree that everyone percieves things differently, do we really have to pay attention to other people’s judgements about our own character?. It makes sense to listen to someone who understands us deeply and truly cares about our well being, but that’s a extremely rare ase. For an overwhelming majority, labeling others is just a step in easing their understanding of the world around them and it’s not a good idea to put too much weight on that. I personally think that we should be very skeptical of other’s opinions, especially if they have nothing to lose. Of course, that’s an opinion.

      That said, I don’t think this is such an abstract concept. No one is completely introvert or extrovert- people fall somewhere between the extremes and their dominant characteristics would determine if they are on the extroverted side of scale or the introverted side. Personality analysis is a pretty intensely researched subject and, while its not clear cut, it’s not as fuzzy either.

      1. I dont what got me to write the comment above, I just started feeling happy when I read the blog. Some chemicals gets released in my brain when I get the impulse to start making comedy (mocking to be clear). Coming back the comment it was just my opinion, so I will quote you on that – ‘I personally think that we should be very skeptical of other’s opinions, especially if they have nothing to lose. Of course, that’s an opinion.’. But man can you type long comments.

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