I think there are a lot of misconceptions about introverts out there. Primarily down to a lack of education I believe. People believe that introversion is simply about people who are shy, don't get out much and are crippled with anxiety. For some, yes, this is very much the truth for others, however, this isn't true at all.
An introvert is defined in the dictionary as "a shy, reticent person" which if I am honest I am not sure I 100% agree with. As reticent means that you don't like to share your emotions or feelings readily and shy, well you know what that means. Some introverts will happily talk to a massive group of people for an hour but then have to go home and stay indoors for the rest of the day as they are just too mentally exhausted. To me, I identify introverts as being people who get worn out easily by social interaction which is why going out and interacting with lots of people is often challenging, therefore, making them want to avoid such situations where they would have to display said behaviour.
#1 We are all lonely
#2 We only like spending time alone
#3 There is something wrong with us! It's a disorder that needs to be fixed!
#4 That we are rude, arrogant or pretentious
#5 We don't have any friends
#6 We are boring Because we don't go out every Saturday night
#7 That we can't socialise or talk to anyone
#8 We all have social anxiety
#9 We don't want any friends
#10 and push people away that we get close with
#11 That being an introvert is wrong and being an extrovert is right
#12 We like to ignore people for the fun of it
#13 introverts are incapable of making friends
#14 There isn't any way that introverts can enjoy speaking in front of large groups of people
#15 That we need to get out more
#16 and find a life...
#17 We are more likely to be lonely and get depression
#18 That we are always sad and unhappy
#19 We also apparently never leave our rooms
#20 That we are old prunes and don't know how to lighten up!
So next time, you feel like insulating an introvert, consult this list, please!
Are you an introvert, extrovert or ambivert? Do you think there are any more myths about introverts that aren't true? Let me know in the comments below!
Thank you for reading, as always x