Being an introvert is pretty common, but it doesn't seem like the world was made for us introverts. The list of introvert problems could go on forever: having a 20 minute party tolerance, the chronic fear of interviews, and the dreaded conversation with a stranger (if you wanted to talk to someone on the bus, you wouldn't be staring at whatever inanimate thing you could find.) These are just some of the situations that introverts have a hard time with. Having an introverted personality can feel like a constant battle for your sanity, or at least some peace and quiet.
What's it like to be an introvert? This list covers some of the daily plagues of being an introvert in an extrovert's world, but there are many more, so add anything not covered here!
Living in Your HeadYou are expressive, just usually not to other people.
OverthinkingMost of your interactions play out in your head before they do in real life.
Having Different PrioritiesIt's only 10:00, but there's a really great movie rental at home that you can't watch at the bar.
Being Content AloneYou know that your life and happiness doesn't depend on constant companionship.
ComplexSometimes you love to socialize, sometimes you want to hide under the bed. It depends.
MisunderstoodThere isn't anything wrong with being introverted, but a lot of people don't get it.
Thought ProvokingSpending less time talking means that your mind can wander.
Having a Small Group of Good FriendsIt's quality, not quantity.
QuietSilence is a beautiful thing.
Difficult to ExplainNo, you don't dislike people, no, you aren't lonely, no, you're not a hermit.
IsolatingIt seemed like you just took a little break. Turns out you haven't spoken in three days.
Using the Weekend DifferentlySometimes, you need to use the weekend for quality alone time, not more social time.
Avoiding the PhoneYou aren't comfortable ordering pizza, let alone talking to friends on the phone.
GenuineIt's just the way you are, and that's a good thing.
Being A Good Listener
ChallengingSometimes, you just have to do things you aren't comfortable with. Like interviews.
Being PatientThat chatty man on the bus thinks he's being friendly, but you had headphones in for a reason.
PeacefulNo conflict, no social etiquette, no anxiety. Finally!
RewardingSpending a day by yourself is a great reminder that you are good company!
DrainingPutting your social foot forward for long periods of time is exhausting.
FrustratingIt's easy to come across as uninterested or rude when you prefer not having constant conversation.
AwkwardYou're alone with someone you don't know - hide!
StressfulOh no, you couldn't get out of this party. Quick, find a corner to drink in.
HealthyIf introversion feels natural to you, it's good to embrace that.