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10 Myths About Introverts

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posted on Jul, 11 2012 @ 01:01 PM

Unfortunately, according to the book, only about 25% of people are Introverts. There are even fewer that are as extreme as I am. This leads to a lot of misunderstandings, since society doesn’t have very much experience with my people. (I love being able to say that.)

So here are a few common misconceptions about Introverts (not taken directly from the book, but based on my own life experience):

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.
A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) 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.

10 Myths About Introverts

Introverts often have a hard time 'blending in' in an extroverted world. Being out in public saps my energy faster than the energizer bunny on blow. We often need time to ourselves to recharge and reflect, which can come across as 'anti-social' to some. In some extreme cases it can even lead to personality disorders.

Just a friendly reminder that your introverted friends are okay with being outcasts, but they aren't aliens - their brains are just structured differently than 75% of the world.
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posted on Jul, 11 2012 @ 01:07 PM
link sum up, introverts are infact, regular extroverts?


posted on Jul, 11 2012 @ 01:07 PM
I really like that list, for the most part it is accurate. I'm a pretty blunt kind of person who doesn't really value small talk and finds it annoying myself. I'm incredibly frustrated with people who tell me I have to be diplomatic and be considerate of other people's feelings, even more so when those people have absolutely zero consideration for mine.

However, keep in mind, it also has some generalizations generalizations too. Some introverts do not like people, but that's usually because people tend to not like them and call them freaks.

For the most part, it is a good list with a lot of truth to it.

posted on Jul, 11 2012 @ 01:14 PM
reply to post by DarkKnight21

i didn't know that i was an introvert till i read this(in fact i didnt know what one was) good looking out with raising awareness.

posted on Jul, 11 2012 @ 01:16 PM

Originally posted by Sinny sum up, introverts are infact, regular extroverts?


Some share both introverted and extroverted qualities, but for the most part extroverts thrive off interaction with others while introverts thrive off inward thoughts and ideas. Introverts are not only more easily able to think for themselves, they are hard-wired that way.

Hard to tell sometimes if it's a curse or a blessing.

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posted on Jul, 11 2012 @ 01:20 PM
Introverts seem to be logical realists, which I proudly abide by. Why beat around the bush or bull$hit someone? Say it the way it is, and if they don't like it or can't handle it, oh well, such is life.
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posted on Jul, 11 2012 @ 01:33 PM
Number 7 is wrong. I am super weird and proud of it! It keeps the dull people at bay.

posted on Jul, 11 2012 @ 01:34 PM
reply to post by DarkKnight21

nahh i get it
that list sums up me in quite a way.

posted on Jul, 11 2012 @ 01:37 PM

LOL 7 is definitely wrong! I am weird and proud of it!
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posted on Jul, 11 2012 @ 01:42 PM
I rock introversion in my personal life, and shoe-horn into extroversion to get by in the corporate world.

A lot of the time, that means I will work with people, and talk, and coordinate, and interact during the day, but when I go home, I have to lock myself in a room with no one else, and de-tangle my brain for a while. It's messy enough in there without other people.

One thing I've learned is a great strength among the introverted is "keeping their mouths shut". Not all the time... but just in the sense that extroverts will often enter a conversation swinging, while introverts will generally hang back, hold their comments until they've processed the data, and then reply with a well-thought-out contribution.

There are benefits to both conversation approaches, but it's easy to see how things could go horribly wrong with only extroverts at the wheel.

posted on Jul, 11 2012 @ 01:51 PM
Sounds sort of like me. I've always wondered if there was something wrong with how I was never interested in talking to people my age unless it had something to do with irregular thoughts or ideas. But when they start getting interested in what I have to say, especially online and I know them pretty well, several paragraphs are formed every few minutes! Always felt exhausted when in places full of people too.

There's a variety of Introverts and Extroverts I guess who sort of have mixtures of both characteristics. It's only stereotyping that makes it difficult to find out who a person really is.

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