Not Enough Alone Time
It's tough to live in an increasingly connected world when you need alone time to recharge.
Overthinking Every Interaction
Introverts tend to overanalyze, meaning you can easily get lost in your head by examining everything far too much.
Nothing terrifies you more than, "Let's all go around the room and say something interesting about ourselves."
Parties Full of StrangersParties are a field of landmines: remembering names and casual conversation.
When You're Having Down Time and Someone Comes Over to Speak to You
Most of the time, you don't want to chat with a coworker on your lunch break.
NetworkingNothing feels more agonizing than a forced conversation for the sake of selling yourself.
Needing Validation But Hating Attention
You need reassurance too, but compliments and praise mean an uncomfortable amount of attention.
Introverts prefer specific types of social interaction. That doesn't mean they shun it.
Having To Repeat Yourself
It was stressful enough saying something the first time.
People with loud voices
Being Regarded As a Snob or Aloof Because You're Quiet.
Keeping in Touch With People
You genuinely want to keep up with loved ones, but reaching out takes time and energy.
Having to Participate in Icebreaker Activities
Being Told To "Smile"
It gets old.
Starting a new job or class.
It's not that you don't want to spend time with them. You just desperately need a few hours to yourself.
Simultaneously Looking Forward To And Dreading A Fun EventA looming party/happy hour/celebration inspires dread and has you sweating.
Being Interrupted Because You Paused To Think
Just because you took a second to think doesn't mean you were done talking.
When People Ask "Are You Ok" Just Because You're Quiet
Just because you're quiet doesn't mean there's something wrong.
Small TalkAt the coffee machine or in an elevator, "How's it going?" are the most dreaded words in existence.
Having Thoughtful Pauses Interpreted Negatively
You need time to think about your words and answer. This shouldn't be a bad thing.
Being called out in a meeting to answer a question.
all eyes turn to you...
People Who Keep Talking After You Try To End A Conversation
You try to give a polite "Goodbye" or "I'll see you tomorrow" to indicate you're trying to back out, but they don't take the hint.
People Trying to Talk To You When You Are Reading
You brought the book specifically so no one would try to talk to you...
Last Minute Plan Changes That Alter Your Whole Day
You need to emotionally prepare for social interaction. Changing things up last minute interferes.
Hi introverts! (You non-introverts don't have to read this, go back to being cheerful or chatting in elevators or whatever). Speaking as one of you, I think I can ask you this because I feel your pain in those social situations that seem to cause normal people no distress whatsoever. What's the worst? The absolute worst thing about your daily grind? The thing that makes you want to curl up under your desk or flatten yourself into the wallpaper in the hopes you will suddenly gain the powers of a chameleon? Vote on the things that make you wish you could turn invisible on command... and add the things I've missed. Rerank them in the order of worst to least worst, if you feel strongly enough about it!