For the sake of my sanity and that of over 50% other introverts that make up the world’s population, let’s discuss popular misconceptions about introversion.
Who’s an introvert? Simply a person predominantly concerned with their own thoughts and feelings rather than with external things. We live in a world that idolizes outgoing and socially confident people also known as extroverts, which in turn results into stigma and stereotyping of introverts ranging from being friendless loners to hating people and the list goes on and on. Some of the the most common misconceptions about introversion include:
- Introverts are shy. There is a thin line between being shy and introversion. Therefore as much as most introverts are shy, not all shy people are introverts. Introverts simply understand and value the importance of alone time as opposed to being nervous or timid in the company of other people which defines a shy person.
- They are not team players. Introverts work best alone other than in large groups. However, they can thrive in small groups as long as their opinion is valued which is often misinterpreted as antisocial behavior.
- They don’t like to go out in public. Let’s face it, we all love a good adventure. Therefore as much as introverts enjoy experiencing new places, they appreciate less crowded quiet places and would rather spend time with their inner circle of friends than go out to a party.
- Introverts are sad and depressed people. A few months ago, I joined social introvert network and not until someone posed the question ‘ Why do you consider yourself an introvert?’ did I realize that 9/10 of the members were battling depression on various levels and just assumed that made them introverts.
We all need to understand that happiness is an inside job and it has nothing to do with one’s personality type.
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