Are you an introvert? Can you relate? Read on to find out!
6 Things You Can Relate to If You Are an Introvert
Ever feel like you’re the only one in the world who isn’t outgoing? It’s true that we are a sociable species and that most of the world runs on being interactive, social and extroverted, but do you ever think that being alone is a much better option? Well it turns out you’re not alone! According to a 1998 National Representative Sample by the Myers-Briggs organization, 50% of the population identifies as an introvert. So there’s a 50-50 chance that you and the person next to you will be able to relate to the following everyday frustrations unique to being introverts.
- You love alone time
ME time means the world to introverts all around the world because you are more comfortable with your own company than a whole group of people. You have the superpower to enjoy solitude as long as you have a good book, movie or even your own thoughts!
- You feel exhausted after socializing
Meeting new people is one among an introvert’s big list of nightmares. Spending a day with new colleagues or classmates and making the effort to get to know them completely drains you of energy. You always end up wondering why this isn’t as exhausting for others as well.
- Phone calls? Nah, I’ll text!
If you’re an introvert, your ringtone usually brings with it a feeling of despair. You don’t like talking on the phone because you usually find yourself tongue-tied and stuck in awkward pauses. You’d much rather text or send an email than pick up a call. If you ever do pick up a call, you unconsciously brace yourself and sometimes even rehearse your opening lines!
- You wish your conversations were more deep
On the rare occasions that you find yourself at a social gathering you find that you’re not interested in the conversations at all. You crave for long, meaningful and deep conversations but all you get around you is small talk! As an introvert you find small talk quite tedious and exhausting as well.
- People misunderstand your attitude
Being quiet as an introvert is often misunderstood by others in many ways. People jump to various conclusions ranging from the fact that you must be shy to even that you don’t like them! It’s hard to explain to people why you prefer being alone, or why you don’t want to join their group as it is so easy to be misunderstood.
- Sometimes you suffer from FOMO
Spending time alone comes at a price- you miss all the fun that your friends are having together. And although most of the time you don’t mind spending time alone, sometimes you are struck by the FOMO or “Fear of Missing Out” phenomenon. You feel left out of things and frustrated that you find it so hard to participate. The times that you do decide to be a part of things however, you find yourself wishing you were back in your room!
Being an introvert is a challenge in today’s world. You will definitely be obligated to socialize over many occasions in your life but the rest of the time, you can keep in mind that you’re not alone. Having friends who themselves are introverts or are understanding of your personality will surely help in navigating social waters. But what is important is that you stay unafraid to be who you are.