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Introverts get a hard time in our primarily extroverted society. Introverts get cast as these antisocial people who can’t hold a conversation with other human beings. We’re seen as being shy, antisocial, depressed, boring etc.
We actually represent 33% of the world’s population, but we’re still pretty misunderstood. Here’s a list of the top 4 myths about introverts.
1) Introverts Are Shy
This one is annoying. Yeah, some introverts are shy. But some shy people can be extroverts. Shyness does not equate introversion. We don’t talk a lot because we just don’t interact for the sake of interacting. We honestly don’t see the point of talking to someone if there’s no real reason behind the conversation.
On the flip side, if the topic of the conversation is something the introvert is even remotely passionate about (read: definitely not small talk), then you’ll have a hard time getting them to shut up. We’re not afraid of social interaction, we just need some sort of significance behind the whole thing.
2) Introverts Hate People
Also, we don’t hate people. We just don’t need to be around them all the time. I know this’ll come across as snobbish but we prefer quality over quantity when it comes to friends. I’m not saying that extroverts don’t care about quality friends. What I mean is that having 2 – 3 close friends is more than enough for most of us. We don’t make loads of friends, but the ones we make are friends for life.
And have you ever taken the time to hate someone? Hating another human being takes effort. You’re constantly thinking about them and how stupid they look or how rubbish a person they are. It takes time and effort.
Now, think how much more effort it takes to hate everyone! I mean, just look at poor Anakin up there. You see those bags under his eyes? See how he’s got his arms and legs cut off? See how tired he is? And that’s the result of hating just one person.
Funnily enough, the caption for that picture is completely wrong. Try reading his lips. He’s not saying ‘I hate you!’. He’s just got mild hay-fever. It’s that time of year again where the flowers start attacking all human beings. That’s Anakin having a sneeze. AAACCCHHOOOOO!
3) Introverts Don’t Know How To Have Fun
Of course we do. We just have a very different idea of fun. For extroverts (and I’m grossly generalising/using stereotypes for this), fun is going with all 50 of your mates to a music concert or a football match or anywhere where there’s a lot of noise and many other people.
For an introvert, fun is hanging out with 2 – 3 mates at a library or coffee shop or at a cinema. Speaking of cinema’s remember the golden rule.
Rule #24: When going to the cinema, watch a movie that’s been out for a few weeks because the theatre will be (relatively) empty
Extroverts get their energy from other people. Introverts need to recharge more often since they spend their energy when surrounded by people. Introverts and Extroverts have different brains.
4) Introverts Can Be Fixed
This doesn’t even make sense. How do you fix something that’s not broken? Introversion is normal. It’s just as normal as being extroverted. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being introverted. Without introverts, we wouldn’t have as many scientists, musicians, film-makers, doctors etc. In the same way, you could ask why extroverts don’t change themselves to become introverts? The world would be a much quieter place.
And what’s more interesting is that the world isn’t split into
good people and Death Eaters introverts and extroverts. It’s a scale (with introversion on side and extroversion on the other, in case you didn’t get the metaphor). Everyone is a combination of both. You could be 76% introverted and 24% extroverted.
Every person in the world exhibits traits from both extremes. You’ll probably notice when you go out with your friends, you become a lot more outgoing and extroverted. That doesn’t mean you’re now an extrovert. It just means you’re probably knackered by now and need to go home to recharge.
And you know what? That’s fine. You’re not having some identity crisis. You’re OK.
Have you heard of any common misconceptions regarding introverts? Let me know!
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