When you hear the word introvert, I guess the first thought that pops in your mind is a person who prefers to live inside their personal bubble and that they don’t like socializing with other people. You imagine a person who is quiet, shy, and reserved. But, there is so much more to this type of people than just being “quiet” and “aloof.”
Being an introvert in a world which seems perfectly made for extroverts is not easy at all. It’s constantly feeling like you’re the odd one out. Like you’re weird. It’s enduring the way others look at you – like you can’t stand, or I should better say, hate being in the company of other people.
The only way you can love an introverted person is by understanding their need for space and fully accepting them as they are, with all their quirks, unusual habits, and peculiar preferences. You need to understand that many things you find interesting and you’re okay with may actually appear foreign, annoying, and even unacceptable to the introvert.
So, if you have an introvert in your life, make sure you know what things will never make sense to them and suit their temperament no matter how hard you try.
Here are 8 of them:
1. Large gatherings and loud places.
It’s not that introverts aren’t interested in socializing – they simply prefer the company of their close friends. Attending parties and going to crowded, noisy places, such as clubs, restaurants, and malls, makes them feel uncomfortable and drains their energy.
2. Small talk.
What’s the point of talking with someone about the weather or about what your plans for the weekend are, or about your cousin’s husband who just bought a new house? Introverts can’t stand talking about unimportant, useless things. Unless a subject is meaningful, stimulating, and interesting, they won’t even think about participating in the conversation.
3. Living with roommates.
Watching a good movie on Netflix or curling up with a good book after a long, busy day always sounds better than hanging out with others to an introvert. Spending time alone is how they recharge their batteries and can be alone with their own thoughts.
4. Being called “shy.”
You probably think, too, that introverts are shy. But, just because they avoid crowded, loud places, it doesn’t mean they’re shy. They’re simply careful and quite picky when it comes to choosing the people they feel comfortable to hang out with.
5. Answering their phone.
An introvert won’t answer your call right away. And this is not because they’re rude or don’t want to talk to you. It’s because they want to do that in their own time and when they feel ready.
6. Hugging with acquaintances.
If there’s one thing that introverts prefer and value the most, that’s personal space. Hugging with someone they meet for the first time is the horror of all horrors. So, don’t be surprised next time when you try to hug an introvert and they keep a distance from you.
7. Loud office.
It’s impossible for them to feel comfortable and be productive in a loud office. Working with more people and listening to all those noises distract them and makes it difficult for them to concentrate on the task at hand.
8. Eye roll.
You may think that when you or others look at an introvert like they’re the greatest weirdoes on the planet, they don’t notice it, but you’re wrong. Introverts are, in fact, highly observant. They notice and feel everything which surrounds them and there’s nothing more irritating when they notice you’re giving them eye roll.
Riley Cooper is a professional writer who writes informative and creative articles on topics related to various fields of study. Written with love and enthusiasm, her articles inspire readers to broaden their knowledge of the world, think and get ready to act.