Friday, 26 February 2016

20 Myths About Introverts That Aren't True

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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. 

In order to spread awareness of the topic, I thought I would share 20 myths about introverts that aren't true, enjoy! 




#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 
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  1. I agree with these points! I would consider myself to be a introvert but that doesn't mean I don't have any friends and don't speak to anyone. Also, lovely photography on the post picture!

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  2. I think I could be a little of all three:)

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  3. Loved this list & I totally agree! I'm an introvert myself and I actually just recently started a series on my blog all about being an introvert so I'll definitely have to include a link to this in one of the upcoming posts :) x

    Sara / aboutlittlethiings.blogspot.com

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    1. oh thank you! I will be sure to check out your posts x

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  4. I'm an introvert myself and while I feel I fit into some of these things, it's not like I constantly fit into all of them and that might be down to just being me and not just being an introvert. Have you done the Myer Briggs personality test? It's so interesting how freakishly accurate some of the stuff is!
    Sarah x
    saraheliza.co.uk

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    1. oh I haven't! I will try it out! Thank you x

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  5. Love this so much! I can relate so much. I love being by myself, and I often choose to be alone rather than be with people. I hate going out and would much rather stay in on a Saturday night. But at the same time I love socialising when it's my choice, and with people that I'm comfortable with. It's annoying sometimes that the world seems to be made for extroverts!

    Mimmi xx
    Muted Mornings

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    1. You described me! haha! Yes its so frustrating when they are portrayed as the norm x

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  6. I can relate to this so much! I am an introvert myself and honestly I am always left out of plans because people just assume that I won't come because I have 'no life' and I stay indoors and study all weekend (I don't - I do other things which are better etc) and I think that lots of people put introverts into the boring and quiet column! I love how you are speaking out and I am very inspired by this post to not let those stereotypes define me and those like me.
    Thank you for opening my eyes more to this issue!
    Many thanks and sorry for the big paragraph,
    Chloe x
    thoughtfulclouds.blogspot.com

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    1. don't be sorry, I love long comments! It annoys me so much and people think less of introverts as we are quiet on the outside but we are not always like that and we are definitely not boring x

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  7. Definitely relate to this post, I feel like all of these things have been said about me! I'm shy (obviously ahah) and I feel like a lot of people don't bother getting to know me as they think I'm rude or boring and it can be really annoying. It's somewhat disheartening, like you don't want to talk to people as they already have a negative perception but you do to change that, its complicated ahahah! Love this post!XX

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    1. haha, tell me about it! I wish people were nicer to introverts! we are lovely people once you get to know us x

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  8. I think I'm definitely a bit if both (is that what an ambivert is?!) but still I found this post super relatable :) Ellie xo

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  9. I agree with all of them! I'm an introvert and all my life people made me feel like there was something wrong with me for being quiet. It's only as I've grown older that I learnt it's simply the way my brain works. I'm happy the way I am : )
    Great post! Steph x.
    marvelsteph.blogspot.co.nz

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    1. yes, be proud of who you are lovely x

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  10. These are all so true! I can totally relate to all of your points ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

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  11. I completely agree! Very relatable! xx

    http://www.thatnewdress.com

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  12. I would describe myself as more of an extrovert than anything else, and even still I need my alone time even though I get energy and buzz from socialising with a group of friends. I really like my own company too and like to have a day off on my own every now and then. I hate stereotypes about people and I think I agree that introverts are just worn out a lot more easily.

    Ellen,
    http://fishnetsxd.blogspot.ie

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    1. yes I hate stereotypes, I don't think we should have labels for people at all especially when they can be used against them x

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  13. I identify as an introvert and have been told on multiple occasions by different people and different personality tests that I am, indeed, one. I definitely agree with you on the part that the stereotypical attributes associated with introverted people simply aren't true to every introvert.

    For one to be an introvert, the psychological field must look for one who mentally recharges through isolation. This does not mean that we despise and cannot talk to people in large social settings. True, I get social anxiety, and true, I can get choked up when I'm with people, but I still very much enjoy interesting conversations with people. I just get tired and exhausted when this goes on for a long period of time.

    So yes, you've definitely got valid points here. Thank you for sharing, Nicole! x

    MAY | WWW.THEMAYDEN.COM

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    1. Thank you for such your lovely comment! I am glad you agree x

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  14. I am guilty of thinking some of those listed above about introverts. This definitely changed my perspective. Thank you for clearing things up! :)

    Angelie // Tagaytay Roadtrip 2016: Picnic Grove, Tagaytay City

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    1. I am glad I could help change your mindset x

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  15. I would definitely say I'm an introvert, I find it hard to talk to new people, but like you said, it doesn't mean I have no friends and need to get a life. Far from it.

    Tash x
    www.skindeep247.blogspot.com

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    1. You sound very similar to me Tash x

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  16. I would describe myself as a ambivert - I love socialising and having fun, but me time with my bed is a close competitor! Great post, this definitely changed my perspective!

    Paige xo // The Joys of Being Paige

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  17. I love how true and honest this post is! You always post such non-judgemental posts and I really admire you for it. I'm an introvert, it really annoys me when people say we're boring. It's like, just because we find it hard to talk, doesn't mean we're boring. Give us a chance and you can actually see what we are really like. People are just so impatient and rude, it's actually so disappointing how things still haven't changed in the world. Ramble over hahah x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. haha! I am glad you agree! I wish people were more respecting of us! We are only human too and are not rude at all, we can't help who we are x

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  18. Omg, thank you for writing this! There are so many misconceptions on introverts and you just laid them down. I am an introvert and quite enjoy spending time with friends but often get so anxious and worried about it either doesn't happen or i just go and feel pretty exhausted after because the anxiety of it just wears you out! Loving your blogs by the way, I have been pretty up to date with them all recently and I am really enjoying the topics you write about, they are so interesting. I am also a blogger (@girlblogger444) on Twitter and if you would ever consider it I would love to collab some time. Dm if you are interested. Love Hannah x

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed! Yes the way you feel is very normal and lots of other people feel the same way! I am doing a month of collabs in august every day so if you would still like to do a collab then I can email you if you like x

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  19. Definitely relate to this post, I always feel like people think I'm stuck up or something because I don't start conversation, I'm just not very good at it. I'm the sort of person who is shy until you get to know me ^_^ Great post as always Nicole xx

    Sophie | ssophiespot.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I am the same! Its nothing to be ashamed of its just the way we are x

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