Introvert or introversion, like most words today, have been commonly misused by people today. There have been a lot of myths about the said type. While it’s nice to know that people have come to acknowledge (and respect), it would be greater to note that not every introvert is what we thought they are supposed to be.
1. Introverts are shy
This is the most common association to introverts. To begin with, shyness is a behavior – it’s being nervous or anxious on social interactions, and as much as possible shyness avoids social contact at all.
While it’s true that shy people are most likely to be introverted, but not all introverts are automatically shy. Introverts do not mind having social contact, in fact, they admit to needing one or two just not in large or overwhelming quantities.
2. Introverts don’t like people.
Introverts like people, but introverts happen to almost always prefer their own company.
They believe the less is more or quality over quantity when it comes to keeping friends. They focus on creating small circle of friends that they took the time to know, rather than having a large network of friends.
3. Introverts are boring
With the misconception of disliking people, introverts are known to not enjoy parties and socializing, ergo, boring.
Overwhelming social scenes and forced interactions cause them distress, and most likely introverts stay away from these types of situations. But hey, give them a chance at one-on-one conversations and introverts will have something to say.
Introverts just have a different style of engaging in conversations or keeping themselves company, but they are never really bored (or boring).
4. Introverts are loners
Spending time alone is an introvert’s way to recharge. Some people rely on socializing or external factors to keep their energy level up. For introverts, it’s quite the opposite. Social interactions exhaust the energy of an introvert and simply having a time to their selves is their way of keeping their mood levels up.
Introverts enjoy activities that can be done alone, such us reading a good book, creating art or watching a movie. Introverts just have no problem spending an entire time doing nothing or devoting time to ourselves alone.
5. Introverts have low self esteem
This is closely tied to Introverts being shy. Another truth to the matter is that Introverts are selectively-social and are most likely to think and over analyze situations before they speak their mind. So it’s not speaking out or saying the right words in the right situations when it comes to an introvert.
Many introverts actually excel in roles that involve being in the spotlight. One advantage of an introvert when it comes to these roles is that introverts tend to focus on preparing and thinking things through.
6. Introverts are weird
Introverts are normally perceived as weird. Because Introverts treasure themselves and do not rely on external factors to determine what and how they should act or think. Be it because they prefer time alone or because they can be eccentric as can be – or simply be their selves. Introverts are independent thinkers and all they care about most is what makes them happy and minds at peace at the end of the day.
7. Introverts are rude.
One of the many negative labels to being an introvert is being called depressive, or rude.
One theory to this common misconception is that when extroverts often associate loneliness with discomfort, anxiety, sadness and other times, depressing. But introverts don’t think of being alone that way and their way of silence or backing off in situations that force them into small talk or overwhelming conversations isn’t always rude, it’s just their way of preventing to be actually being rude sooner or later.